INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL WEEK 6 SCHEDULE
INDIANA SRN WEEK 6 FOOTBALL POLLS
- HAMILTON SE
- CENTER GROVE
- NEW PALESTINE
- EAST CENTRAL
- WEST LAFAYETTE
- BISHOP CHATARD
- GIBSON SOUTHERN
- INDY LUTHERAN
- PARK TUDOR
- NORTH JUDSON
- ADAMS CENTRAL
- CARROLL (FLORAA)
THE INDIANA SRN FOOTBALL POWER POLL
- BEN DAVIS
- CENTER GROVE
- HAMILTON SOUTHEASTERN
- CROWN POINT
- FORT WAYNE SNIDER
- BLOOMINGTON SOUTH
- FORT WAYNE NORTH
- EVANSVILLE NORTH
- DECATUR CENTRAL
- NEW PALESTINE
- INDIANAPOLIS RONCALLI
- EVANSVILLE REITZ
- EAST CENTRAL
- GREENFIELD CENTRAL
- EVANSVILLE MEMORIAL
- NEW PRAIRIE
- INDIANAPOLIS CHATARD
- WEST LAFAYETTE
- OAK HILL
- VINCENNES LINCOLN
- HANOVER CENTRAL
- GIBSON SOUTHERN
- WESTERN BOONE
- OWEN VALLEY
- TRITON CENTRAL
- INDIANAPOLIS SCECINA
- EVANSVILLE MATER DEI
- LINTON – STOCKTON
- FORT WAYNE LUERS
- HERITAGE CHRISTIAN
- INDIANAPOLIS LUTHERAN
- ADAMS CENTRAL
- NORTH DECATUR
- NORTH JUDSON
- SOUTH PUTNAM
- PARK TUDOR
- SOUTH ADAMS
INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL SCORES
INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL BOYS SOCCER SCORES
INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS SOCCER SCORES
COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCOREBOARD
VIRGINIA TECH 27, WOFFORD 7
NO. 1 GEORGIA 48, SOUTH CAROLINA 7
NO. 4 MICHIGAN 59, UCONN 0
NO. 6 OKLAHOMA 49, NEBRASKA 14
NO. 17 BAYLOR 42, TEXAS STATE 7
NO. 9 KENTUCKY 31, YOUNGSTOWN STATE 0
MISSOURI 34, ABILENE CHRISTIAN 17
ARMY 49, VILLANOVA 10
SOUTHERN ILLINOIS 31, NORTHWESTERN 24
SYRACUSE 32, PURDUE 29
CINCINNATI 38, MIAMI (OHIO) 17 (AT PAYCOR STADIUM IN CINCINNATI)
KENT STATE 63, LONG ISLAND UNIVERSITY 10
INDIANA 33, WESTERN KENTUCKY 30 (OT)
MORGAN STATE 24, SACRED HEART 9
RICHMOND 30, LEHIGH 6
BROWN 44, BRYANT 38 (2OT)
WEST VIRGINIA 65, TOWSON 7
COASTAL CAROLINA 38, BUFFALO 26
CENTRAL MICHIGAN 41, BUCKNELL 0
MONTANA 49, INDIANA STATE 14
PRINCETON 39, STETSON 14
PENN 25, COLGATE 14
FORDHAM 48, ALBANY 45
CORNELL 28, VMI 22
DARTMOUTH 35, VALPARAISO 13
UCLA 32, SOUTH ALABAMA 31
IOWA STATE 43, OHIO 10
RUTGERS 16, TEMPLE 14
VIRGINIA 16, OLD DOMINION 14
BALL STATE 31, MURRAY STATE 0
SOUTH DAKOTA 38, CAL POLY 21
HAMPTON 17, NORFOLK STATE 7
JACKSON STATE 66, GRAMBLING 24
HOLY CROSS 38, YALE 14
DELAWARE STATE 35, VIRGINIA LYNCHBURG 19
NOTRE DAME 24, CAL 17
TULANE 17, KANSAS STATE 10
IDAHO 42, DRAKE 14
CENTRAL ARKANSAS 31, IDAHO STATE 16
SE MISSOURI STATE 42, NICHOLLS 16
HOWARD 31, MOREHOUSE 0 (EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY)
WISCONSIN 66, NEW MEXICO STATE 7
NO. 25 OREGON 41, NO. 12 BYU 20
NO. 20 OLE MISS 42, GEORGIA TECH 0
NO. 22 PENN STATE 41, AUBURN 12
VANDERBILT 38, NORTHERN ILLINOIS 28
MINNESOTA 49, COLORADO 7
UMASS 20, STONY BROOK 3
APPALACHIAN STATE 32, TROY 28
UAB 35, GEORGIA SOUTHERN 21
WESTERN CAROLINA 77, PRESBYTERIAN 21
WILLIAM & MARY 34, LAFAYETTE 7
NO. 2 ALABAMA 63, UL MONROE 7
KANSAS 48, HOUSTON 30
BOISE STATE 30, UT MARTIN 7
NORTH DAKOTA 27, NORTHERN ARIZONA 24
SOUTHERN UTAH 17, WESTERN ILLINOIS 10
NO. 19 WAKE FOREST 37, LIBERTY 36
WASHINGTON STATE 38, COLORADO STATE 7
BOWLING GREEN 34, MARSHALL 31
SACRAMENTO STATE 37, UNI 21
LSU 31, MISSISSIPPI STATE 16
DUKE 49, NORTH CAROLINA A&T 20
EAST CAROLINA 49, CAMPBELL 10
COLUMBIA 38, MARIST 3
EASTERN KENTUCKY 40, CHARLESTON SOUTHERN 17
CHATTANOOGA 41, NORTH ALABAMA 14
MERCER 17, THE CITADEL 0
MOREHEAD STATE 49, KENTUCKY CHRISTIAN 14
NO. 3 OHIO STATE 77, TOLEDO 21
NO. 8 OKLAHOMA STATE 63, ARKANSAS-PINE BLUFF 7
NO. 10 ARKANSAS 38, MISSOURI STATE 27
NO. 16 NC STATE 27, TEXAS TECH 14
NO. 15 TENNESSEE 63, AKRON 6
TULSA 54, JACKSONVILLE STATE 17
SOUTHERN MISS 64, NORTHWESTERN STATE 10
MEMPHIS 44, ARKANSAS STATE 32
CHARLOTTE 42, GEORGIA STATE 41
MIDDLE TENNESSEE 49, TENNESSEE STATE 6
NORTHERN COLORADO 21, LAMAR 14
SOUTH DAKOTA STATE 45, BUTLER 17
UIW 31, PRAIRIE VIEW A&M 14
SAM HOUSTON 27, TEXAS A&M-COMMERCE 17
TARLETON STATE 41, EASTERN NEW MEXICO 6
SE LOUISIANA 70, CENTRAL CONNECTICUT 6
SAMFORD 33, TENNESSEE TECH 28
LINDENWOOD 37, KEISER UNIVERSITY 3
NO. 18 FLORIDA 31, SOUTH FLORIDA 28
WASHINGTON 39, NO. 11 MICHIGAN STATE 28
NO. 23 PITT 34, WESTERN MICHIGAN 13
NEVADA AT IOWA | 7:30 P.M. | BIG TEN NETWORK
MARYLAND 34, SMU 27
BOSTON COLLEGE 38, MAINE 17
UCF 40, FLORIDA ATLANTIC 14
RICE 33, LOUISIANA 21
ILLINOIS STATE 35, EASTERN ILLINOIS 7
FURMAN 27, EAST TENNESSEE STATE 14
NO. 5 CLEMSON 48, LOUISIANA TECH 20
OREGON STATE 68, MONTANA STATE 28 (IN PORTLAND)
NEW MEXICO 27, UTEP 10
NO. 21 TEXAS 41, UTSA 20
ALCORN STATE 30, MCNEESE 19
WEBER STATE 44, UTAH TECH 14
NO. 24 TEXAS A&M 17, NO. 13 MIAMI (FLA.) 9
NO. 14 UTAH 35 SDSU 7
SAN DIEGO AT UC DAVIS | 10 P.M. | ESPN+
NO. 7 USC 45 FRESNO STATE 17
ARIZONA 31 NORTH DAKOTA STATE 28
EASTERN MICHIGAN 30 ARIZONA STATE 21
HAWAII 24 DUQUESNE 14
SOUTH DAKOTA STATE 45 BUTLER 17
MONTANA 49 INDIANA STATE 14
DARTMOUTH 35 VALPARAISO 13
INDIANAPOLIS 27 TIFFIN 20
MARIAN 31 ST. FRANCIS IL 7
INDIANA WESLEYAN 34 OLIVET NAZARENE 26
WABASH 48 WOOSTER 14
TRINE 55 FRANKLIN 21
ALBION 49 ROSE HULMAN 17
ALMA 45 ANDERSON 7
DEPAUW 44 HIRAM 0
OLIVET 31 HANOVER 28
GREENVILLE 49 MANCHESTER 22
ST. FRANCIS 51 JUDSON 19
TAYLOR 41 TRINITY INTERNATIONAL 17
WEEK FOUR COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
THURSDAY, SEPT. 22
WEST VIRGINIA AT VIRGINIA TECH | 7:30 P.M. | ESPN
COASTAL CAROLINA AT GEORGIA STATE | 7:30 P.M. | ESPNU
CHATTANOOGA AT ILLINOIS | 8:30 P.M. | BIG TEN NETWORK
FRIDAY, SEPT. 23
VIRGINIA AT SYRACUSE | 7 P.M. | ESPN
NEVADA AT AIR FORCE | 8 P.M. | FS1
BOISE STATE AT UTEP | 9 P.M. | CBSSN
SATURDAY, SEPT. 24
KENT STATE AT GEORGIA | 12 P.M. | ESPN+/SECN+
MARYLAND AT MICHIGAN | 12 P.M. | FOX
CLEMSON AT WAKE FOREST | 12 P.M. | ABC
CENTRAL MICHIGAN AT PENN STATE | 12 P.M. | BIG TEN NETWORK
RHODE ISLAND AT PITT | 12 P.M. | ACC NETWORK
MISSOURI AT AUBURN | 12 P.M. | ESPN
BOWLING GREEN AT MISSISSIPPI STATE | 12 P.M. | SEC NETWORK
DUKE AT KANSAS | 12 P.M. | FS1
SOUTH FLORIDA AT LOUISVILLE | 12 P.M. | ESPN3
BUFFALO AT EASTERN MICHIGAN | 12 P.M. | CBSSN
UMASS AT TEMPLE | 2 P.M. | ESPN+
FORDHAM AT OHIO | 2 P.M. | ESPN+
MINNESOTA AT MICHIGAN STATE | 3:30 P.M. | BIG TEN NETWORK
MIDDLE TENNESSEE AT MIAMI (FLA.) | 3:30 P.M. | ACC NETWORK
FLORIDA AT TENNESSEE | 3:30 P.M. | CBS
JAMES MADISON AT APPALACHIAN STATE | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN+
TOLEDO AT SAN DIEGO STATE | 3:30 P.M. | FS1
FIU AT WESTERN KENTUCKY | 3:30 P.M. | CBSSN
NORTH TEXAS AT MEMPHIS | 3:30 P.M. | ESPN+
TULSA AT OLE MISS | 4 P.M. | SEC NETWORK
OREGON AT WASHINGTON STATE | 4 P.M. | FOX
AKRON AT LIBERTY | 6 P.M. | ESPN+
NAVY AT EAST CAROLINA | 6 P.M. | ESPN+
BALL STATE AT GEORGIA SOUTHERN | 6 P.M. | ESPN+
ARKANSAS STATE AT OLD DOMINION | 6 P.M. | ESPN+
RICE AT HOUSTON | 6 P.M. | ESPN+
NORTHERN ILLINOIS AT KENTUCKY | 7 P.M. | ESPN2
ARKANSAS VS. TEXAS A&M (ARLINGTON, TEXAS) | 7 P.M. | ESPN
IOWA AT RUTGERS | 7 P.M. | FS1
SOUTHERN MISS AT TULANE | 7 P.M. | ESPN+
UNLV AT UTAH STATE | 7 P.M. | CBSSN
HOUSTON BAPTIST AT TEXAS STATE | 7 P.M. | ESPN3
MARSHALL AT TROY | 7 P.M. | NFL NETWORK
LOUISIANA TECH AT SOUTH ALABAMA | 7 P.M. | ESPN+
VANDERBILT AT ALABAMA | 7:30 P.M. | SEC NETWORK
WISCONSIN AT OHIO STATE | 7:30 P.M. | ABC
UCONN AT NC STATE | 7:30 P.M. | ESPN3
NEW MEXICO AT LSU | 7:30 P.M. | ESPN+/SECN+
CHARLOTTE AT SOUTH CAROLINA | 7:30 P.M. | ESPNU
FLORIDA ATLANTIC AT PURDUE | 7:30 P.M. | BIG TEN NETWORK
KANSAS STATE AT OKLAHOMA | 8 P.M. | FOX
BOSTON COLLEGE AT FLORIDA STATE | 8 P.M. | ACC NETWORK
LOUISIANA AT UL MONROE | 8 P.M. | ESPN+
USC AT OREGON STATE | 9:30 P.M. | PAC-12 NETWORK
STANFORD AT WASHINGTON | 10:30 P.M. | FS1
WESTERN MICHIGAN AT SAN JOSE STATE | 10:30 P.M. | CBSSN
MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
MILWAUKEE 4 NY YANKEES 1
CLEVELAND 5 MINNESOTA 1
TORONTO 6 BALTIMORE 3
KANSAS CITY 9 BOSTON 0
CHICAGO WHITE SOX 4 DETROIT 3 (11)
TAMPA BAY 5 TEXAS 1
OAKLAND 8 HOUSTON 5
CLEVELAND 7 MINNESOTA 6 (15)
LA ANGELS 2 SEATTLE 1
ST. LOUIS 5 CINCINNATI 1
ST. LOUIS 1 CINCINNATI 0 (11)
COLORADO 3 CHICAGO CUBS 1
WASHINGTON 5 MIAMI 3
NY METS 5 PITTSBURGH 1
ATLANTA 4 PHILADELPHIA 3
SAN DIEGO 2 ARIZONA 0
LA DODGERS 7 SAN FRANCISCO 2
MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL
TOLEDO 8 INDIANAPOLIS 7
MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER
NEW YORK CITY 2 NEW YORK 0
ATLANTA 0 PHILADELPHIA 0
MONTRÉAL 1 NEW ENGLAND 0
ORLANDO 4 TORONTO 0
CHARLOTTE 3 CHICAGO 2
KANSAS CITY 4 MINNESOTA 1
AUSTIN 1 NASHVILLE 1
CINCINNATI 2 SALT LAKE 1
VANCOUVER 2 SEATTLE 1
LA 4 COLORADO 1
SAN JOSE 1 DALLAS 1
TOP NATIONAL HEADLINES
WASHINGTON MAKES STATEMENT, BEATS NO. 11 MICHIGAN ST 39-28
SEATTLE (AP) Kalen DeBoer knew no matter how well the transition had gone, this was the week that would validate – one way or another – what Washington had showed so far.
Behind a spectacular performance by Michael Penix Jr., the Huskies emphatically stated their case as a contender in the Pac-12 and maybe worth some national recognition.
Penix threw for 397 yards and four touchdown, and Washington (3-0) toppled No. 11 Michigan State 39-28 on Saturday night.
“We just beat a really good football team in my mind,” Huskies coach DeBoer said. “To get this win now is just going to continue to put the belief in our guys.”
Penix was terrific for three quarters in a primetime national showcase that showed DeBoer’s rebuild is progressing faster than expected. Washington led 29-8 at halftime and 36-14 after three quarters.
Having a star quarterback certainly helps.
“Every game that we’ve seen (Penix) he comes out with the same energy, comes out with the same leadership, mentality. It’s just it’s easy to follow someone like that,” Washington running back Wayne Tualapapa said.
Penix completed 24 of 40 passes and just missed posting the eighth 400-yard passing game in Washington history. He was at his best in the first half, connecting on 18 of 24 attempts for 278 yards and leading Washington to touchdowns on four of its five possessions.
NO. 6 OU ROUTS HUSKERS 49-14 IN 1ST GAME AFTER FROST FIRING
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) When Saturday’s Oklahoma-Nebraska game was scheduled 10 years ago, the intention was to celebrate what once was among college football’s greatest rivalries.
It turned out to be further confirmation the Cornhuskers are just a shell of the program that decades ago battled the Sooners for conference titles year in and year out.
Dillon Gabriel threw for two touchdowns and ran for another, and sixth-ranked Oklahoma hammered Nebraska 49-14 in the Huskers’ first game following the firing of Scott Frost.
OU (3-0) posted its most lopsided victory over Nebraska (1-3) since a 45-10 win in 1990 and scored its most points in Lincoln in 43 all-time visits. The Sooners have won seven of eight against the Huskers. The next meetings are set for 2029 and ’30.
“We’ve not done anything but win our first road game,” first-year OU coach Brent Venables said. “No one here is beating their chest. Today was a good, strong win and I think we improved today in lots of different ways.”
The Huskers have lost 19 straight against Top 25 opponents and nine in a row against Bowl Subdivision teams.
NO. 10 ARKANSAS SURVIVES SCARE FROM PETRINO, MISSOURI STATE
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) Bobby Petrino broke Arkansas’ heart once. Sam Pittman wasn’t going to let it happen again.
Pittman’s 10th-ranked Razorbacks overcame a 10-point deficit with three touchdowns in the final 11:38 to beat Petrino’s FCS-level Missouri State team 38-27 on Saturday night.
Petrino coached Arkansas from 2008-2012 before a motorcycle wreck and the scandalous fallout that followed resulted in his firing in April 2012. He won 11 and 10 games his final two years with the Razorbacks. Arkansas hasn’t won double-digit games since.
The Razorbacks (3-0) didn’t take the lead until Bryce Stephens’ 82-yard punt return touchdown with 9:16 left. Just 2:22 before that, Arkansas trailed by 10 points.
Rocket Sanders, who had 242 yards of total offense, had scored on a 73-yard touchdown off a shovel pass from KJ Jefferson on the preceding possession. Jefferson added a 1-yard touchdown run with 1:39 left to set the final score.
Pittman was relieved.
“Can you imagine walking in here and getting beat tonight?” Pittman said. “I’d say, `You want to trade me spots?’ Nobody wants to be up here losing a game you’re supposed to win.”
NIX PUTS UP 5 TDS, NO. 25 OREGON TAKES DOWN NO. 12 BYU 41-20
EUGENE, ore. (AP) Bo Nix likened himself to a point guard for Oregon.
He certainly scored like one. Nix threw for two touchdowns and ran for three more to lead No. 25 Oregon to a 41-20 victory over No. 12 BYU on Saturday.
The victory extended Oregon’s winning streak at Autzen Stadium to 21 games, the third-longest in the nation.
Nix, a transfer from Auburn, completed 13 of 18 passes for 222 yards and ran for 35 yards on nine carries. Terrance Ferguson caught both of Nix’s touchdown passes and finished with 24 yards receiving.
“I felt like I didn’t do anything different, just went out there and played the game, let it come to me,” Nix said. “At the end of the day I’m a point guard, with some great positions around me, great skill players. So my job is kind of easy: Knowing what to do with the ball, knowing who to give the ball to, and then letting those guys do their thing.”
Jaren Hall threw for 305 yards and two scores for BYU (2-1), which was coming off a big win at home over then-No. 9 Baylor that moved the Cougars up nine spots in the AP Top 25. They struggled on the ground against the Ducks, mustering just 61 rushing yards.
“We just didn’t play as good as we should have starting off. Had a good first play, had some momentum, just didn’t finish the drive, and just kind of let things get out of hand offensively the next couple of drives,” Hall said.
The Ducks (2-1) rebounded from a season-opening loss to Georgia with a 70-14 win at home over Eastern Washington last weekend.
JOHNSON STEPS IN, NO. 24 TEXAS A&M BEATS NO. 13 MIAMI 17-9
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) Looking for a way to get his team back on track after an upset last week, Texas A&M coach Jimbo Fisher benched quarterback Haynes King for Max Johnson, and the LSU transfer came through to help the Aggies down the Miami on Saturday night.
Johnson threw for 140 yards and a touchdown in his first start for No. 24 Texas A&M and the Aggies beat No. 13 Miami 17-9.
Johnson replaced King after his subpar performance in Texas A&M’s stunning loss to Appalachian State last week.
“We’ve still got to get a heck of a lot better on offense,” Fisher said. “But I thought that was what was best for us to win the game and that’s what we did.”
Fisher was asked if the victory Saturday could be a boost to his team as it opens SEC play next week.
“It was a shot we needed,” he said. “We didn’t need another shot the other way.”
Miami (2-1) was down by 8 and had to punt after two holding calls stalled a drive with about three minutes left. The Hurricanes had a shot to get the ball back when Ainias Smith fumbled the punt on the 12. But he pounced on the ball before Miami could get to it to allow A&M to keep the ball.
The Hurricanes got the ball back again after that, but Brashard Smith dropped a pass on fourth-and-4 with about 30 seconds left to allow the Aggies (2-1) to run out the clock for the victory.
BENNETT, NO. 1 GEORGIA’S D STEAMROLLS SOUTH CAROLINA 48-7
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) Georgia coach Kirby Smart and his No. 1 Bulldogs are sending messages to anyone who thought they were going to drop off after a national championship.
The latest statement came Saturday in a 48-7 victory over South Carolina (1-2, 0-2) in their Southeastern Conference opener, where the Gamecocks needed a touchdown with 53 seconds to go to avoid becoming the fifth shutout victim of the Bulldogs (3-0) in their past 14 games.
Meanwhile, the Georgia offense gained 547 yards, scoring on eight of its first nine possessions and was averaging nearly 10 yards a play before the backups came in and took their foot off the gas in the fourth quarter.
Even though 15 players left for the NFL after winning Georgia’s first national title since 1980, there still is still plenty of talent and an attitude that winning a championship leaves behind, coach Kirby Smart said.
“That was a very special group. That’s going to linger in our building,” Kirby said. “Not the championship, but the way they practiced, the way they carried themselves.”
Stetson Bennett went 16 for 23 for 284 yards and two touchdowns and ran for another score. Just like the Bulldogs’ 49-3 victory over Oregon and 33-0 win over Samford, Bennett didn’t take a snap in the fourth quarter. He reminded his teammates that it won’t stay this easy.
“We’re going to have to play a four-quarter game at some point. We’re going to have to stay in shape,” Bennett said. “This isn’t going to happen every week.”
Tight end Brock Bowers had five catches for 121 yards and two touchdowns and also ran for a score. Georgia let 10 players carry the ball, rushing for 212 yards.
FRESHMAN BACKS POWER NO. 22 PENN STATE PAST AUBURN, 41-12
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) Nicholas Singleton and Kaytron Allen combined for 176 rushing yards and four touchdowns as No. 22 Penn State cruised to a 41-12 win at Auburn on Saturday.
The Nittany Lions’ freshman running backs were instrumental in the red zone. Penn State (3-0) scored touchdowns on each of its first four trips inside the 20-yard line. Quarterback Sean Clifford passed for 178 yards.
“The ability to be more balanced and take pressure off the passing game has been really important for us,” said Penn State coach James Franklin. “We also have some dynamic backs that can help create some explosive plays.”
The Penn State defense forced four turnovers by Auburn (2-1) and also held Tigers star running back Tank Bigsby to 39 rushing yards.
Auburn quarterback T.J. Finley had 152 passing yards, an interception and a lost fumble before being replaced in the second half by Robby Ashford.
Penn State led by one point late in the second quarter before Allen scored his first of two touchdowns. After Auburn opened the third quarter with a three-and-out, Singleton broke a 54-yard run and found the end zone two plays later.
The Nittany Lions scored 20 more points in the second half to pull away for the comfortable win in what was the first game against a Big Ten opponent for Auburn inside Jordan-Hare Stadium.
“We’re disappointed in the performance,” Auburn head coach Bryan Harsin said. “We’re disappointed in the loss. … You can look at the stats. It’s pretty matter-of-fact.”
BIG 10 FOOTBALL RECAPS
SATURDAY, SEPT. 17
INDIANA 33, Western Kentucky 30 (OT): Connor Bazelak threw a touchdown pass and completed a 2-point conversion pass with 47 seconds left Saturday to force overtime and Charles Campbell made a 51-yard field goal to give the Hoosiers a 33-30 victory over Western Kentucky on Saturday. The unbeaten Hoosiers have rallied in the second half of all three victories this season and have now surpassed last season’s win total. But it took everything Indiana could muster late — a 17-point fourth quarter, a late goal-line stand, Western Kentucky’s missed 44-yard field goal as time expired in regulation, and a blocked 39-yard field-goal attempt in overtime before Campbell won it. [FULL RECAP]
MICHIGAN 59, UConn 0: The No. 4-ranked University of Michigan football team closed out its non-conference schedule with an emphatic 59-0 victory over UConn on Saturday (Sept. 17) at Michigan Stadium. Michigan’s shutout is its first since defeating Rutgers 52-0 in the 2019 campaign. It marked another dominant performance from the defense, which allowed just 110 total yards after coming into this week ranked 13th in the country in total defense (236 yards per game). [FULL RECAP]
Oklahoma 49, NEBRASKA 14: Nebraska scored on its opening drive to take a 7-0 lead, but Oklahoma answered with seven touchdowns, as the No. 6 Sooners rolled to a 49-14 victory to spoil the Husker head coaching debut of Mickey Joseph on Saturday at Memorial Stadium. Nebraska forced a three-and-out to open the game, before racing 77 yards in just six plays capped by Casey Thompson’s 32-yard touchdown strike to wide receiver Trey Palmer to put the Huskers up 7-0 just 3:41 into the game. [FULL RECAP]
SIU 31, NORTHWESTERN 24: Southern Illinois scored 17 second half points and defeated Northwestern 31-24 on Saturday afternoon at Ryan Field. Each team is now 1-2 on the season. Evan Hull totaled 124 yards to lead the Wildcats ground attack and added one touchdown, his fifth straight game finding the end zone. Hull also tacked on 33 receiving yards on eight catches. Cam Porter recorded 40 yards on the ground as Northwestern logged 167 rushing yards. [FULL RECAP]
Syracuse 32, PURDUE 29: A Syracuse touchdown with seven seconds left to play handed Purdue a 32-29 loss in its road opener on Saturday in the JMA Wireless Dome. The Boilermakers (1-2, 0-1 B10) held a 9-3 lead over the Orange (3-0, 1-0 ACC) at the end of the first half thanks to a Devin Mockobee 15-yard touchdown run and a Mitchell Fineran 41-yard field goal in what looked to be a defensive dogfight. Purdue’s defense held quarterback Garrett Shrader and the Syracuse offense to just 134 total yards and a field goal in the first half of play. [FULL RECAP]
RUTGERS 16, Temple 14: Rutgers football took down Temple on the road by a score of 16-14 to start the season 3-0. It marked the second straight season RU has gotten off to a 3-0 start. With the win, head coach Greg Schiano picked up his 79th career victory, passing the legendary Frank Burns for the most head coaching wins in Rutgers football history. [FULL RECAP]
MINNESOTA 49, Colorado 7: Mo Ibrahim ran for three touchdowns, Tanner Morgan threw for three more and the Minnesota Gophers’ defense stifled the Colorado Buffaloes in a 49-7 win on Saturday. The Gophers’ offense, ranked first in FBS in total yards and seventh in points scored entering the week, racked up 500 yards, including 349 yards in a 35-point first half. The starters scored touchdowns on six of their eight drives. Ibrahim scored the team’s first three touchdowns, the last an 18-yard run in the second quarter that tied him with Darrell Thompson for Minnesota’s career rushing touchdowns record. Ibrahim compiled 202 rushing yards, a school-record fourth time he’s run for 200-plus yards. [FULL RECAP]
PENN STATE 41, Auburn 12: The No. 22/23 Penn State football team exploded in the second half to earn a 41-12 win over Auburn on Saturday in Jordan-Hare Stadium. The Nittany Lions scored 17 unanswered points in the third quarter and outscored the Tigers, 27-6, in the second half. Penn State earned the Big Ten’s first sweep of a home-and-home series against an SEC opponent since Northwestern in 2010 and 2012 against Vanderbilt. The Nittany Lions earned the Big Ten’s first road win against an SEC opponent since Purdue’s 35-3 win at Missouri in 2017. The Nittany Lions’ 29-point win is the second-largest margin of victory for a Big Ten team in a road game against an SEC opponent, behind only Purdue’s win over Missouri. Penn State’s 29-point margin was the Big Ten’s sixth win over an SEC team by 29 or more points and the third in a regular season game. Penn State also had a 29-point win (43-14) over Auburn in the 1996 Outback Bowl. [FULL RECAP]
WISCONSIN 66, New Mexico State 7: Braelon Allen rushed for three touchdowns to help lead Wisconsin to a 66-7 victory against New Mexico State Saturday. The three-TD performance for Allen matched a career high. The sophomore running back finished with 15 carries for 86 yards and three scores for the Badgers (2-1), who rebounded from a 17-14 loss last week to Washington State. [FULL RECAP]
OHIO STATE 77, Toledo 21: No. 3 Ohio State (3-0) scored touchdowns on 11-of-12 possessions before running out the clock to end the game to down intrastate foe Toledo (2-1) 77-21 Saturday at Ohio Stadium. Offensively, C.J. Stroud completed 22-of-27 passes for 367 yards and five touchdowns while Kyle McCord connected on 5-of-7 passes for 115 yards and a score in relief. On the receiving end, Emeka Egbuka led with seven catches for 116 yards and a score. Marvin Harrison Jr. contributed six catches for 102 yards and a pair of touchdowns, and Jayden Ballard caught four tosses for 113 yards and a score. Rushing-wise, Dallan Hayden rushed 17 times for 108 yards and a touchdown, and Miyan Williams carried 10 times for 77 yards. Overall, the Buckeyes rushed for 281 yards and five touchdowns. Ohio State’s offense accumulated 763 yards of offense with 482 coming through the air. [FULL RECAP]
MARYLAND 34, SMU 27: The Terps (3-0) turned a key Dante Trader Jr. interception in the fourth quarter into a touchdown, putting them ahead of SMU (2-1) for good in a 34-27 victory. The two teams went punch-for-punch all game with neither able to create much separation until Maryland broke the 27-27 tie when Taulia Tagovailoa connected with Corey Dyches with 7:30 left in the fourth quarter. Roman Hemby was the star for the Terps on offense, finishing with a career-high 151 yards on 16 carries and a score. Tagovailoa was 17-of-23 for 214 yards with two passing touchdowns. [FULL RECAP]
Washington 39, MICHIGAN STATE 28: The No. 11/9 Michigan State football team fell at Washington, 39-28, on Saturday before a crowd of 68,161 at Alaska Airlines Field at Husky Stadium. Spartan quarterback Payton Thorne completed 30-of-42 passes for 323 yards and three touchdowns, while sophomore wide receiver Keon Coleman recorded career highs in receptions (9), receiving yards (116) and touchdown catches (2). Tight end Daniel Barker also had seven catches for 69 yards and Tre Mosley hauled in five passes for 64 yards, including a 26-yard touchdown. Three Spartans had eight tackles apiece – Kendell Brooks, Simeon Barrow and Cal Haladay – to pace the defense. [FULL RECAP]
MIAMI AT BALTIMORE
REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY
LEADER Ravens lead all-time series, 8-7
STREAKS Ravens have won 3 of last 4
LAST GAME 11/11/21: Ravens 10 at Dolphins 22
LAST GAME AT SITE 10/26/17: Ravens 40, Dolphins 0
QB TUA TAGOVAILOA completed 23 of 33 atts. (69.7 pct.) for 270 yards & TD vs. 0 INTs for 104.4 rating last week. Had 104 rating & rushed for TD in last meeting. • RB CHASE EDMONDS had 65 scrimmage yards (40 rec., 25 rush) last week in Mia. debut. • RB RAHEEM MOSTERT rushed for career-high 146 yards & TD in only career game vs. Bal. (12/1/19 w/ SF). Has 75+ scrimmage yards in 3 of his past 4 vs. AFC North. • WR TYREEK HILL led team with 8 catches for 94 yards last week in Mia. debut, his 16th-career game with 8+ catches. Has 75+ rec. yards in 2 of 3 career games vs. Bal. Since 2016, ranks 3rd in NFL with 56 rec. TDs. • WR JAYLEN WADDLE had 4 catches for 69 yards & TD in Week 1. Had 4 catches for 61 yards in last meeting. Had 53 catches (6.6 per game) in 8 road games last season. • TE MIKE GESICKI has 50+ rec. yards in 2 of his past 3 on road. • CB XAVIEN HOWARD had PD last week. Had 5 tackles, FF & 49-yard FR-TD in last meeting. Aims for his 4th in row vs. AFC North with takeaway. Had PD in 5 of his final 6 road games in 2021. • CB KADER KOHOU (rookie) had PD, FF & TFL last week in NFL debut. • S BRANDON JONES led team with career-high 11 tackles & had sack, FF & PD in Week 1. Had 7 tackles in last meeting. Has sack in 2 of his past 3 on road. • S JEVON HOLLAND had 3rd-career INT last week. Had 2 PD & sack in last meeting. • LB MELVIN INGRAM had TFL & FR-TD last week in Mia. debut, his 2nd-career TD. Had career-high 2 FR in his last game vs. Bal. (12/22/18 w/ LAC). • DE EMMANUEL OGBAH had sack in Week 1. Aims for his 6th in row vs. Bal. with PD & 3rd in row with TFL.
QB LAMAR JACKSON passed for 3 TDs vs. INT for 98.3 rating last week. Has 6 TDs vs. INT for 121.3 rating in 2 career starts vs. Mia. Has 95+ rating in 6 of 7 career starts vs. AFC East. Aims for his 8th in row at home with 50+ rush yards. Has 38-12 record as starter, tied 3rd-most wins ever by QB in 1st 50 starts. • RB J.K. DOBBINS can make season debut. Rushed for 805 yards & 9 TDs as rookie in 2020 before missing last season due to injury. • RB KENYAN DRAKE made Bal. debut last week. Totaled 2,468 scrimmage yards (1,532 rush, 936 rec.) & 15 TDs (9 rush, 6 rec.) in 54 games with Mia. (2016-19). • TE MARK ANDREWS led team with 5 catches & had 52 rec. yards in Week 1. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Mia. with 6+ catches & rec. TD & 5th in row vs. AFC East with 50+ rec. yards. Aims for his 4th in row at home with 85+ rec. yards. • WR RASHOD BATEMAN had 59 rec. yards & TD catch last week. Had 6 catches for 80 yards in last meeting. • WR DEVIN DUVERNAY had 54 rec. yards & career-high 2 TD catches in Week 1. • CB MARLON HUMPHREY had 7 tackles & 4th-career FR last week. Has 5 PD in 3 career games vs. Mia. Had 8 PD in 6 home games last season. • S MARCUS WILLIAMS led team with career-high 12 tackles & had INT last week in Bal. debut. Has 5+ tackles in 3 of his past 4 vs. AFC East. • LB JUSTIN HOUSTON had 103rd-career sack last week, 4th-most among active players. Had sack & FF in last meeting & aims for his 3rd in row vs. Mia. with sack. • DE CALAIS CAMPBELL had sack in Week 1. Has FF in 2 of his past 3 vs. Mia. Ranks 2nd among active players with 162 career TFL.
NY JETS AT CLEVELAND
REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY
LEADER Browns lead all-time series, 14-13
STREAKS Browns have won 2 of last 3
LAST GAME 12/27/20: Browns 16 at Jets 23
LAST GAME AT SITE 9/20/18: Browns 21, Jets 17
QB JOE FLACCO tied career high with 37 completions last week & passed for 307 yards & TD vs. INT last week. Has 27 career TD passes vs. Cle., most vs. any opponent. Has 275+ pass yards in 4 of his past 5 starts vs. Cle. Ranks 5th among active QBs with 41,576 career pass yards & 6th with 228 TD passes. • RB MICHAEL CARTER led team with 100 scrimmage yards (60 rush, 40 rec.) & 7 catches in Week 1, his 4th-career game with 100+ scrimmage yards. • RB BREECE HALL (rookie) had 61 scrimmage yards (38 rec., 23 rush) & 6 catches last week in NFL debut. • WR COREY DAVIS had 6 catches for team-high 77 rec. yards last week. Set career highs in catches (11) & rec. yards (182) & had rec. TD in his last game vs. Cle. (12/6/20 w/ Ten.). Aims for his 5th in row vs. AFC North with 75+ rec. yards. • WR ELIJAH MOORE had 5 catches for 49 yards in Week 1. • WR BRAXTON BERRIOS had 5 catches last week. Had 60 rec. yards & TD catch in last meeting. Has rec. TD in 2 of his past 3 vs. AFC North. • WR GARRETT WILSON (rookie) had 52 rec. yards last week in NFL debut. • TE C.J. UZOMAH has rec. TD in 2 of his past 3 vs. Cle. • TE TYLER CONKLIN had TD catch last week in NYJ debut. • LB C.J. MOSLEY led team with 11 tackles in Week 1, his 7th-straight game with 10+ tackles. Had 2 PD, INT & TFL in his last game vs. Cle. (12/30/18 w/ Bal.). • LB QUINCY WILLIAMS had 6 tackles & 3rd-career sack last week. • CB D.J. REED had INT & FF last week in NYJ debut • S JORDAN WHITEHEAD had 5 tackles & PD last week in NYJ debut.
QB JACOBY BRISSETT passed for 147 yards & TD vs. 0 INTs last week in Cle. debut. Has 0 INTs in 2 career starts vs. AFC East. • RB NICK CHUBB rushed for 141 yards in Week 1, his 11th-career game with 125+ rush yards, 3rd-most in NFL since 2018. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NYJ with rush TD. Has 120+ scrimmage yards in 3 of his past 4 vs. AFC East. • RB KAREEM HUNT had 70 scrimmage yards (46 rush, 24 rec.) & 2 TDs (1 rush, 1 rec.) last week, his 7th-career game with both rush & rec. TD, 4th-most in NFL since 2017. Had rush TD in last meeting. Has TD in 4 of his past 5 vs. AFC East. • WR AMARI COOPER made Cle. debut last week. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. AFC East with 50+ rec. yards. • WR DONOVAN PEOPLES-JONES led team with 6 catches for 60 yards in Week 1. • DE MYLES GARRETT led team with 3 TFL, 2 sacks & had FF & PD last week, his 12thcareer game with 2+ sacks. Has 8 sacks in 4 career games vs. NYJ & aims for his 5th in row vs. NYJ with sack. Had 10 sacks in 9 home games last season. • DE JADEVEON CLOWNEY had 2 PD & 0.5 sacks in Week 1. Had 2 TFL & sack in his last game vs. NYJ (12/15/18 w/ Hou.). Aims for his 3rd in row at home with 1.5+ sacks. • LB JEREMIAH OWUSU-KORAMOAH had 5 tackles & TFL last week. • CB DENZEL WARD had PD in Week 1. Had 2 PD in last meeting & had TFL, FF & FR in last home meeting. Has PD in 4 of his past 5 vs. AFC East. • S JOHN JOHNSON III led team with 7 tackles & had 0.5 sacks last week. Had 7 tackles in last meeting. • S GRANT DELPT had 2nd-career INT in Week 1.
WASHINGTON AT DETROIT
LEADER Commanders lead all-time series, 28-15
STREAKS Lions have won 5 of last 6
LAST GAME 11/15/20: Washington 27 at Lions 30
LAST GAME AT SITE 11/15/20
QB CARSON WENTZ passed for 313 yards & 4 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 101 rating in Week 1, his 22nd-career 300-yard game. Has 4 TDs vs. INT for 98.5 rating in 2 career starts vs. Det. Had 12 TDs (11 pass, 1 rush) vs. INT for 99.8 rating in 8 road starts w/ Ind. in 2021. • RB ANTONIO GIBSON tied his career high with 7 catches & had 130 scrimmage yards (72 rec., 58 rush) in Week 1. Has 13 TDs (10 rush, 3 rec.) in 16 career road games & aims for his 5th in row on road with TD. Had 2 rush TDs in last meeting. • WR TERRY MCLAURIN had 49-yard rec. TD in Week 1. Had 122 scrimmage yards (95 rec., 27 rush) in last meeting & aims for his 3rd in row vs. Det. with 5+ catches & 70+ rec. yards. • WR CURTIS SAMUEL led team with 8 catches & had 72 scrimmage yards (55 rec., 17 rush) & 15th-career TD catch in Week 1. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Det. with rec. TD. • WR JAHAN DOTSON (rookie) had 2 rec. TDs in NFL debut last week & became 2nd rookie since 1970 (Ernest Wilford, Week 1, 2004) with GW-TD catch in final 2 mins. of 4th quarter or in OT of 1st career game. • DT JONATHAN ALLEN had sack & 2 TFL in Week 1. Has 5 sacks in his past 7 on road. • DT DARON PAYNE had sack & career-high 2 PD last week. • LB COLE HOLCOMB had 80 tackles (10 per game) in 8 road games last season & aims for his 5th in row on road with 10+ tackles. • CB KENDALL FULLER had 6 PD in 8 road games last season. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Det. with 8+ tackles. • CB WILLIAM JACKSON led team with 9 tackles last week. • S DARRICK FORREST had career-high 2 PD, 1st-career INT & 1st-career FF last week. • S KAMREN CURL had 9 tackles & sack in last meeting.
QB JARED GOFF passed for 2 TDs vs. INT in Week 1. Has 15 TDs vs. 4 INTs for 97.3 rating in 9 home starts with Det. Passed for 309 yards & had 3 TDs (2 pass, 1 rush) vs. INT for 111.7 rating in his last start vs. Was. (10/11/20 w/ LAR). Since 2017, ranks 4th among QBs with 26 games with 300+ pass yards. • RB D’ANDRE SWIFT had career-high 175 scrimmage yards (career-high 144 rush, 31 rec.) & 14th career rush TD in Week 1. Aims for his 3rd in row at home with TD. • RB JAMAAL WILLIAMS had career-high 2 rush TDs in Week 1, his 4th-career 2-TD game. • WR AMON-RA ST. BROWN led team with 8 catches for 64 yards & had his 6th career rec. TD. Became 5th player in NFL history with 8+ catches in 7 consecutive games. Aims for his 5th in row at home with TD catch. • WR DJ CHARK had 52 rec. yards & 16th career rec. TD in Week 1. • TE T.J. HOCKENSON has rec. TD in 2 of his past 3 at home. • S TRACY WALKER led team with 11 tackles & had 3rd career sack & PD last week. Since 2019, is 1 of 4 DBs (Jonathan Abram, Budda Baker & Jordan Poyer) with 10+ games (10) with 10+ tackles. Aims for his 4th in row at home with 10+ tackles. • CB JEFF OKUDAH had career-high 10 tackles & 4th career PD in Week 1. Aims for his 3rd in row at home with PD. • CB AMANI ORUWARIYE had PD last week. Has 8 PD & 4 INTs in his past 8 at home. • LB ALEX ANZALONE had 9 tackles & his 10th career TFL in Week 1. Has 5+ tackles in 3 of his past 4 at home. • DL CHARLES HARRIS had 7 tackles & TFL last week. Has 3.5 sacks, 5 TFL & FF in his past 4 at home.
INDIANAPOLIS AT JACKSONVILLE
REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY
LEADER Colts lead all-time series, 26-16
STREAKS Colts have won 2 of last 3
LAST GAME 1/9/22: Colts 11 at Jaguars 26
LAST GAME AT SITE 1/9/22
QB MATT RYAN completed 32 of 50 atts. (64 pct.) for 352 yards & TD vs. INT last week in Ind. debut, his 74th-career game with 300+ pass yards, surpassing Philip Rivers (73 games) for 4th-most all-time. Has 300+ pass yards in 5 of his past 6 starts vs. AFC South. Ranks 8th in NFL history with 60,087 pass yards & became 2nd-fastest player ever (223 games) to reach 60,000 pass yards. • RB JONATHAN TAYLOR led team with 175 scrimmage yards (161 rush, 14 rec.) & had rush TD last week, his 4th-career game with 175+ scrimmage yards, 3rd-most in NFL since 2020. Has 6 games with 150+ rush yards & rush TD, tied for 5th-most ever by player in 1st 3 seasons. Has 564 scrimmage yards (141 per game) in 4 career games vs. Jax. Has 120+ scrimmage yards & rush TD in 5 of his past 6 vs. division. • RB NYHEIM HINES had 6 catches for 50 yards last week. • WR MICHAEL PITTMAN had team-high 9 catches for 121 rec. yards & rec. TD in Week 1. Had TD catch in last meeting & aims for his 3rd in row vs. division with rec. TD. • LB SHAQUILLE LEONARD can make season debut. Led NFL with career-high 8 FFs & had 122 tackles last season. • LB E.J. SPEED had FF & 1st-career sack in Week 1. • DT DEFOREST BUCKNER had 9th-career FR last week. Has TFL in 3 of his past 4 vs. Jax. • DE YANNICK NGAKOUE had TFL last week in Ind. debut. Had TFL & FF in only career game vs. Jax. (12/20/20 w/ Bal.). Had 37.5 sacks & 14 FFs in 4 seasons w/ Jax. (2016-19). • DE KWITY PAYE had career-high 2 sacks in Week 1. Had sack in last home meeting. • CB STEPHON GILMORE had 2 PD & FF in his last game vs. Jax. (9/16/18 w/ NE).
QB TREVOR LAWRENCE completed 24 of 42 atts. (57.1 pct.) for 275 yards & TD vs. INT last week. Passed for 223 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for career-high 111.8 rating in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. division with 0 INTs. • RB JAMES ROBINSON rushed for 66 yards & had 2 TDs (1 rush, 1 rec.) in Week 1, his 4th-career game with 2 TDs. Rushed for TD in last meeting. Has rush TD in 3 of his past 4 vs. division. Has 20 career TDs (16 rush, 4 rec.) in 29 games, becoming 2ndfastest undrafted player to reach 20 TDs in common-draft era. • RB TRAVIS ETIENNE had 65 scrimmage yards (47 rush, 18 rec.) last week in NFL debut. • WR CHRISTIAN KIRK had 6 catches for team-high 117 rec. yards last week in Jax. debut. Had 7 catches in only career game vs. Ind. (12/25/21 w/ Az.). • WR MARVIN JONES had 7 catches for 88 yards & TD in last meeting. Has rec. TD in 2 of his past 3 vs. Ind. • WR ZAY JONES had 6 catches for 65 yards last week in Jax. debut. Had 8 catches for career-high 120 yards in his last game vs. Ind. (1/2/22 w/ LV). • TE EVAN ENGRAM had 4 catches last week in Jax. debut. Had 6 catches for 87 yards in only career game vs. Ind. (12/23/18 w/ NYG). • LB TRAVON WALKER (rookie) had sack & INT in NFL debut last week, becoming 1st No. 1 overall pick to record sack & INT in 1st-career game since 1982. • LB JOSH ALLEN had 2 TFL & FF in Week 1. Had 2 sacks in last meeting. • LB DEVIN LLOYD (rookie) led team with 11 tackles last week. • CB TYSON CAMPBELL had 3rd-career INT in Week 1. Had 8 tackles, TFL & PD in last meeting. Aims for his 4th in row at home with PD.
TAMPA BAY AT NEW ORLEANS
REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY
LEADER Saints lead all-time series, 39-21
STREAKS Saints have won past 7
LAST GAME 12/19/21: Saints 9, Buccaneers 0
LAST GAME AT SITE 10/31/21: Saints 36, Buccaneers 27
QB TOM BRADY passed for 212 yards & TD in Week 1. Has 5,557 pass yards (308.7 per game) & 44 TDs (40 pass, 4 rush) vs. 11 INTs for 104.2 rating in 18 road starts with TB. Passed for 375 yards & 4 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 112 rating in last road meeting. Has 300+ pass yards, 2+ TD passes & 100+ rating in 4 of his past 5 road starts vs. division. • RB LEONARD FOURNETTE had 137 scrimmage yards (127 rush, 10 rec.) in Week 1, his 15th-career game with 125+ scrimmage yards. Has 795 scrimmage yards (99.4 per game) & 7 TDs (5 rush, 2 rec.) in his past 8 on road. • WR MIKE EVANS led team with 5 catches for 71 yards & rec. TD in Week 1. Aims for his 3rd in row at NO & 3rd in row on road overall with TD catch. Since 2014, leads NFL with 76 rec. TDs. • WR JULIO JONES had 86 scrimmage yards (69 rec., 17 rush) last week in TB debut. Has 102 receptions for 1,615 yards (89.7 per game) & 3 rec. TDs in 18 career games vs. NO. Has 59 career games with 100+ rec. yards, tied-3rd most in NFL history. • LB LAVONTE DAVID had 6 tackles, TFL & PD in Week 1. Had 11 tackles, 3 TFL, sack & FF in last meeting & has 18 TFL in 20 career games vs. NO. Is 1 of 2 (J.J. Watt) with 50+ PD (54) & 25+ FFs (26) since 2012. • LB DEVIN WHITE led team with 8 tackles & had 2 sacks & PD last week, his 5thcareer game with 2+ sacks. Has 10+ tackles in 4 of his 5 career games vs. NO. • DL VITA VEA had 13th-career sack last week. Has 4 sacks in his past 4 on road. • S ANTOINE WINFIELD had 6 tackles & his 4th-career INT last week. Aims for his 6th in row on road with 6+ tackles. • CB CARLTON DAVIS has 11 PD in his past 11 on road.
QB JAMEIS WINSTON passed for 269 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 111 rating. Has 17 TDs (16 pass, 1 rush) vs. 3 INTs for 104.2 rating in 8 career starts with NO. Is TB franchise leader in pass yards (19,737) & pass TDs (121). • RB ALVIN KAMARA has 1,490 scrimmage yards (106.4 per game) & 19 TDs (12 rush, 7 rec) in his past 14 at home. Has 957 scrimmage yards (95.7 per game) & 10 TDs (7 rush, 3 rec.) in 10 career games vs. TB. Since 2017, leads NFL with 67 scrimmage TDs & ranks 2nd with 7,501 scrimmage yards. • WR MICHAEL THOMAS had 5 catches for 57 yards & 2 rec. TDs in Week 1, his 6th career game with 2 TD catches. Has 10+ catches for 180+ yards & TD catch in 2 of his past 3 at home vs. TB. • WR JARVIS LANDRY led team with 7 catches for 114 yards in Week 1, his 16th career 100+ rec. yard game. Has 695 career receptions, 4th-most since entering NFL in 2014. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. TB with TD catch. • DE CAMERON JORDAN had 2 sacks & FF in last meeting & aims for his 3rd in row vs. TB with sack. Had 7.5 sacks in 8 home games last season. Ranks 3rd among active players with 107 career sacks. • LB DEMARIO DAVIS has 11 PD & 8 TFL in 10 career games vs. TB. Is 1 of 4 with 10+ TFL in each of past 5 seasons. • LB PETE WERNER led team with 12 tackles & had 1st-career FF last week. • CB MARSHON LATTIMORE has 11 PD in 9 career games vs. TB. • S TYRANN MATHIEU had 7th-career FR last week. Had INT in his last game vs. TB (11/29/20 w/ KC).
CAROLINA AT NY GIANTS
REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY
LEADER Panthers lead all-time series, 6-5
STREAKS Panthers have won 3 of last 4
LAST GAME 10/24/21: Panthers 3 at Giants 25
LAST GAME AT SITE 10/24/21
QB BAKER MAYFIELD had 2 TDs (1 pass, 1 rush) vs. INT for 84.6 rating in Week 1. Completed 27 of 32 atts. (84.4 pct.) for 297 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 126.2 rating in his only career start vs. NYG (12/20/20 w/ Cle.). Has 6 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 110.4 rating in 4 career starts vs. NFC East. • RB CHRISTIAN MCCAFFREY had 4 catches, 57 scrimmage yards (33 rush, 24 rec.) & rush TD last week. Has 2,941 scrimmage yards (101.4 per game) & 20 TDs (12 rush, 8 rec.) in 29 career road games. Had rec. TD in his only career game vs. NYG (10/7/18). Aims for his 8th in row vs. NFC East with 5+ catches. • WR DJ MOORE had 3 catches for 43 yards in Week 1. Had 6 catches for 73 yards in last meeting. Had 50 catches for 662 yards (73.6 per game) & 2 TDs in 9 road games last season. • WR ROBBIE ANDERSON led team in catches (5) & rec. yards (102) & had TD catch in Week 1, his 8th career game with 100+ rec. yards & rec. TD. Aims for his 3rd in row with TD catch. • DE BRIAN BURNS had career-high 8 tackles last week. Had 7 TFL in 9 road games last season. Had sack & 3 TFL in last meeting. • S JEREMY CHINN had 7 tackles in Week 1. Has 5+ tackles in 13 of his 15 career road games. Had 8 tackles & TFL in last meeting. • S XAVIER WOODS led team with 10 tackles & had PD last week, his 4th career game with 10+ tackles. • DT DERRICK BROWN had sack & 2 TFL in last meeting. • CB DONTE JACKSON aims for his 6th in row vs. NFC East with PD.
QB DANIEL JONES completed 17 of 21 atts. (career-high 81 pct.) & had 2 TDs vs. INT for 115.9 rating in Week 1. Had 90+ rating in 5 of his 6 home starts in 2021. Had TD vs. 0 INTs for 95.9 rating in last meeting. • RB SAQUON BARKLEY had team-high 6 catches, 194 scrimmage yards (164 rush, 30 rec.) & rush TD last week, his 4th-career game with 190+ scrimmage yards & most scrimmage yards by any player in Week 1. Has 2,112 scrimmage yards (105.6 per game) in 20 career home games. Had 129 scrimmage yards (81 rec., 48 rush) & career-high 2 rec. TDs in his only career game vs. Car. (10/7/18). Since 2018, is 1 of 6 players with 100+ scrimmage yards per game (102.5), min. 40 games. • WR STERLING SHEPARD led team with 71 rec. yards, incl. 65-yard rec. TD in Week 1. Had 75 rec. yards in his only career game vs. Car. (10/7/18). • WR RICHIE JAMES had 5 catches for 59 yards in Week 1. • LB TAE CROWDER led team with 7 tackles in Week 1. Aims for his 3rd in row at home with 12+ tackles & TFL. • LB AUSTIN CALITRO tied his career high with 2 TFL last week. • LB TOMON FOX (rookie) had 1st-career sack in Week 1. • DL LEONARD WILLIAMS has 12 sacks & 14 TFL in his past 16 home games. Had 1.5 sacks in last meeting. • LB AZEEZ OJULARI had 2.5 sacks & 3 TFL in last meeting. • S XAVIER MCKINNEY had 9 PD & 5 INTs in 8 home games last season. Had 5 tackles & PD in last meeting. • CB ADOREE’ JACKSON had 6 tackles last week.
NEW ENGLAND AT PITTSBURGH
REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY
LEADER Steelers lead all-time series, 15-13
STREAKS Patriots have won 5 of last 6
LAST GAME 9/8/19: Steelers 3 at Patriots 33
LAST GAME AT SITE 12/16/18: Steelers 17, Patriots 10
QB MAC JONES completed 21 of 30 atts. (70 pct.) for 213 yards & TD vs. INT last week. Aims for his 4th in row on road with 200+ pass yards. • QB BRIAN HOYER completed 17 of 26 (65.4 pct.) for 168 yards & 3 TDs vs. INT for 105.9 rating in his last game vs. Pit. (11/3/19 w/ Ind.). Has 5 TDs vs. INT for 102.9 rating in 3 career appearances (2 starts) vs. Pit. • RB DAMIEN HARRIS had 58 scrimmage yards (48 rush, 10 rec.) in Week 1. Has 70+ scrimmage yards & rush TD in 2 of his past 3 on road. • WR JAKOBI MEYERS led team with 4 catches for 55 rec. yards last week. • WR DEVANTE PARKER made NE debut in Week 1. Had 6 catches for 59 yards in his last game vs. Pit. (10/28/19 w/ Mia.). Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Pit. with 5+ catches. Has 90+ rec. yards in 2 of his past 3 vs. AFC North. • TE HUNTER HENRY set career highs in catches (8) & rec. yards (100) & tied career high with 2 rec. TDs in only career game vs. Pit. (10/13/19 w/ LAC). Has 70+ rec. yards in 3 of his past 4 vs. AFC North. Has 75+ rec. yards in 2 of his past 3 on road. • LB MATTHEW JUDON had 5 tackles & sack last week. Has TFL in 8 of 9 road games since joining NE in 2021. • LB JA’WHAUN BENTLEY led team with 7 tackles & had sack in Week 1. Has 7+ tackles in 4 of his past 5 on road. • DE DEATRICH WISE had sack & 3rd-career FF last week. Had sack & FF in last meeting. Has sack in 2 of his past 3 on road. • S DEVIN MCCOURTY had 6 tackles last week. Had 2 PD & INT in last meeting. • CB JONATHAN JONES had FF in Week 1. Had 2 PD in last meeting.
QB MITCH TRUBISKY passed for 194 yards & TD vs. 0 INTs last week in Pit. debut. Passed for 333 yards & 2 TDs vs. 2 INTs & rushed for career-high 81 yards & TD in only career start vs. NE (10/21/18 w/ Chi.). Has 9 TDs (8 pass, 1 rush) & 90.7 rating in 4 career starts vs. AFC East. • RB NAJEE HARRIS had TD catch in Week 1. Had 1,042 scrimmage yards (115.8 per game) & 5 TDs (3 rush, 2 rec.) in 9 home games last season. • WR DIONTAE JOHNSON had team-high 7 catches for 55 rec. yards last week. Has 5+ catches & rec. TD in 2 of his past 3 vs. AFC East. • WR CHASE CLAYPOOL had 54 scrimmage yards (career-high 36 rush, 18 rec.) in Week 1. • TE PAT FREIERMUTH had 5 catches for career-high 75 rec. yards last week. Aims for his 4th in row with 5+ catches. • TE ZACH GENTRY had career-best 40 rec. yards in Week 1. • S MINKAH FITZPATRICK tied career high with 14 tackles & had 31-yard INT-TD last week, his 4th-career INT-TD. Is 4th player ever with INT-TD in 4 of 1st 5 career seasons. Had 6 tackles, FF & FR in his last game vs. NE (9/15/19 w/ Mia.). • CB AHKELLO WITHERSPOON had INT & career-high 8 tackles in Week 1. • CB CAMERON SUTTON had 2 PD & 6th-career INT last week. • LB ALEX HIGHSMITH led team with career-high 3 sacks & had FF in Week 1. • LB MYLES JACK had 10 tackles, TFL & PD last week in Pit. debut. Aims for his 4th in row vs. AFC East with 6+ tackles. • DT CAMERON HEYWARD had sack & FR in Week 1. Had 7 tackles in last meeting. Aims for his 5th in row at home with 0.5+ sacks.
ATLANTA AT LA RAMS
REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY
LEADER Rams lead all-time series, 48-28-2
STREAKS Falcons have won 4 of last 5
LAST GAME 10/20/19: Rams 37 at Falcons 10
LAST GAME AT SITE 12/11/16: Falcons 42, Rams 14 (L.A. Coliseum)
QB MARCUS MARIOTA passed for 215 yards & rushed for 72 yards & TD in Week 1, his 4th career game with 50+ rush yards & rush TD. Passed for 275 yards in his only career start vs. LAR (12/24/17 w/ Ten.). • RB CORDARRELLE PATTERSON had 136 scrimmage yards (career-high 120 rush, 16 rec.) & rush TD last week. Had 676 scrimmage yards (75.1 per game) & 6 TDs (5 rush, 1 rec.) in 9 road games last season. • WR DRAKE LONDON (rookie) had 5 catches for 74 yards in NFL debut last week, most rec. yards among rookies in Week 1. • WR OLAMIDE ZACCHEAUS had 4 catches for 49 yards in Week 1. Aims for his 3rd in row with 40+ rec. yards. • TE KYLE PITTS has 60+ rec. yards in 6 of his past 7 on road. • DL GRADY JARRETT had 1.5 sacks last week, his 5th-career game with 1.5+ sacks. Has 5+ tackles in 5 of his past 7 on road. • LB MYKAL WALKER had 1st-career sack, career-high 2 TFL & 2nd-career FF last week. Has 5+ tackles in 3 of his past 4. • LB LORENZO CARTER aims for his 6th in row with 0.5+ sacks. • LB RASHAAN EVANS had 6 tackles & 4th-career FR in Week 1. • LB ARNOLD EBIKETIE (rookie) recorded his 1st-career sack last week. • CB A.J. TERRELL had 5 tackles last week. Had 13 PD & 2 INTs in 8 road games last season. Aims for his 5th in row on road with PD. • S RICHIE GRANT led team with career-high 10 tackles & had PD in Week 1. • S JAYLINN HAWKINS had career-high 6 tackles & PD last week.
QB MATTHEW STAFFORD passed for 240 yards in Week 1 & tied Drew Brees (183 games) for fewest games ever to reach 50,000 career pass yards. Has 2,589 pass yards (287.7 per game) & 22 TDs vs. 9 INTs for 102.2 rating in 9 home starts with LAR. Has 1,555 pass yards (311 per game) in 5 career games vs. Atl. • RB DARRELL HENDERSON had 73 scrimmage yards (47 rush, 26 rec.) in Week 1. Has 50+ scrimmage yards in 5 of his past 6 at home. • WR COOPER KUPP tied his career high with 13 catches & had 128 yards & rec. TD last week. Has 5+ catches in 22 straight games & can tie DeAndre Hopkins (23 from 2018-20) for second-longest such streak all-time. Has 10 rec. TDs in his past 10 at home. Aims for his 5th in row at home with 7+ catches, 100+ rec. yards & rec. TD. • WR ALLEN ROBINSON aims for his 3rd in row vs. Atl. with TD catch. • TE TYLER HIGBEE aims for his 6th in row with 5+ catches. • DL AARON DONALD recorded his 99th-career sack in Week 1. Has sack in 4 of his past 5 at home & aims for his 4th in row at home with TFL. Since 2014, leads NFL in sacks (99) & TFL (151). Had sack, FF & FR in last meeting & aims for his 3rd in row vs. Atl. with sack. • LB BOBBY WAGNER had 7 tackles & sack in Rams debut last week. Aims for his 5th in row vs. Atl. with TFL. Since 2012, leads NFL with 1,384 tackles. • LB LEONARD FLOYD had 7th-career FR in Week 1. • DB JALEN RAMSEY had 6 tackles in Week 1. Had FF in last meeting. • CB TROY HILL had 8 tackles & 8th-career INT last week. • DB NICK SCOTT had career-high 7 tackles, PD & 1st-career FF in Week 1.
SEATTLE AT SAN FRANCISCO
REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY
LEADER Seahawks lead all-time series, 29-17
STREAKS Seahawks have won past 4
LAST GAME 12/5/21: 49ers 23 at Seahawks 30
LAST GAME AT SITE 10/3/21: Seahawks 28, 49ers 21
QB GENO SMITH completed 23 of 28 atts. (82.1 pct) for 195 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 119.5 rating in Week 1, his 5th-career start with 80+ comp. pct. & highest rating among NFC QBs last week. Aims for his 3rd start in row with 2+ TDs vs. 0 INTs & 115+ rating. • RB RASHAAD PENNY rushed for 60 yards last week. Had 125+ rush yards & rush TD in 2 of his final 3 road games in 2021. • WR DK METCALF had team-high 7 receptions in Week 1. Has 458 rec. yards (76.3 per game) & 4 rec. TDs in 6 career games vs. SF. Had TD catch in last meeting. • WR TYLER LOCKETT had 7 catches for 68 yards & rec. TD in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with TD catch & 4th in row on road with 95+ rec. yards. • TE WILL DISSLY had his 10th-career rec. TD in Week 1. • TE COLBY PARKINSON had 1st-career TD catch last week. • LB JORDYN BROOKS led team with 12 tackles in Week 1 & has 11 games with 10+ tackles since 2021, 3rd-most in NFL. Had 106 tackles (11.9 per game) & 7 TFL in 9 road games last season & aims for his 7th in row on road with 10+ tackles. • LB CODY BARTON had 10 tackles & career-high 2 TFL & 1st-career sack in Week 1. Aims for his 3rd in row with 10+ tackles. • LB UCHENNA NWOSU tied his career high with 7 tackles & had his 16th-career sack & 4th career FF last week. • DE SHELBY HARRIS had TFL last week. Had 2 PD in his last game vs. SF (12/9/18 w/ Den.). • CB MIKE JACKSON had 1st 2 career FRs in Week 1. • S QUANDRE DIGGS had TFL & 5th-career FF last week. Had INT in last meeting & aims for his 3rd in row vs. SF with INT.
QB TREY LANCE totaled 218 yards (164 pass, 54 rush) in Week 1. Passed for 249 yards & 2 TDs vs INT for 116 rating in his only career home start (10/3/21 vs. Hou.). Had 198 yards (157 pass, 41 rush) & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 117.1 rating in last home meeting. • RB JEFF WILSON had 88 scrimmage yards (76 rush, 12 rec.) & 2 TDs (1 rush, 1 rec.) in his last home game vs. Sea. (1/3/21). • WR DEEBO SAMUEL had 66 scrimmage yards (52 rush, 14 rec.) & 12th-career rush TD in Week 1. Had 754 scrimmage yards (94.3 per game) & 9 TDs (5 rec., 4 rush) in 8 home games last season. Has 247 scrimmage yards (134.7 per game) & 3 TDs (2 rec., 1 rush) in 3 career games vs. Sea. Aims for his 4th in row vs. Sea. wth 5+ catches & 100+ rec. yards. Had 2 rec. TDs in last home meeting. • TE GEORGE KITTLE had 9 catches for 181 yards & 2 rec. TDs in last meeting. Since 2017, ranks 2nd in rec. yards (4,489) & 3rd in receptions (335) among TEs. • DL NICK BOSA had 1st sack of season last week & has 25.5 sacks in 36 career games. Had sack in 3 of his final 4 home games in 2021. Had sack & FF in last meeting & aims for his 3rd in row vs. Sea. with sack. • DL SAMSON EBUKAM had sack last week. Has TFL in 4 of his past 5. • LB FRED WARNER had 74 tackles (9.3 per game) in 8 home games in 2021. Has 5 TFL in his past 5 vs. Sea. & aims for his 3rd in row vs. Sea. with 9+ tackles. • S TALANOA HUFANGA led team with career-high 11 tackles & had 1st-career INT in Week 1, 1 of 3 (Minkah Fitzpatrick & Marcus Williams) with 10+ tackles & INT last week. • CB CHARVARIUS WARD had PD last week. Had PD in only career game vs. Sea. (12/23/18 w/ KC).
CINCINNATI AT DALLAS
REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY
LEADER Cowboys lead all-time series, 9-4
STREAKS Cowboys have won last 4
LAST GAME 12/13/20: Cowboys 30 at Bengals 7
LAST GAME AT SITE 10/9/16: Cowboys 28, Bengals 14
QB JOE BURROW passed for 338 yards & 2 TDs last week, his 7th-career game with 325+ pass yards. Aims for his 4th in row with 325+ pass yards & 2+ TD passes. Had 102.7 rating in 7 road starts last season. Has 7,637 career pass yards in 27 games & tied HOFer Kurt Warner as 3rd-fastest player ever to reach 7,500 pass yards. • RB JOE MIXON led team with 145 scrimmage yards (82 rush, 63 rec.) & tied career high with 7 catches last week. Has TD in 4 of his past 5 on road. • WR JA’MARR CHASE had team-high 10 catches for 129 yards & TD in Week 1, his 5th-career game with 125+ rec. yards, 2nd-most in NFL since 2021 (Cooper Kupp – 6 games). Has 7+ catches & 125+ rec. yards in 3 of his past 4. • WR TYLER BOYD had 25th-career TD catch last week. Had 5 catches in last meeting & has 5+ catches in 3 of his past 4 vs. NFC East. • TE HAYDEN HURST had 5 catches for 46 yards last week in Cin. debut. • DE TREY HENDRICKSON aims for his 9th in row on road with 0.5+ sacks. Totaled 5.5 sacks in 5 games vs. NFC last season. • DE B.J. HILL had sack in Week 1. • LB LOGAN WILSON tied for team lead with 8 tackles & had PD last week. Aims for his 7th in row on road with 5+ tackles. • S JESSIE BATES had PD in last meeting & has PD in 3 of 4 career games vs. NFC East. Ranks 3rd among DBs with 408 tackles since 2018. • S VONN BELL had PD in Week 1. Has 21 tackles, 2 FRs, FF & PD in 3 career games vs. Dal. • CB CHIBODE AWUZIE had 5 tackles & 3rd-career FF last week. Has PD in 3 of his past 4 on road. Had 37 PD & 4 INTs in 4 seasons with Dal. (2017-20).
QB COOPER RUSH completed 7 of 13 atts. for 64 yards last week. Passed for 325 yards & 2 TDs vs. INT for 92.2 rating in his only career start (10/31/21 at Min.). • RB EZEKIEL ELLIOTT rushed for 52 yards last week. Has 10 TDs (8 rush, 2 rec.) in his last 9 home games. Had 171 scrimmage yards (134 rush, 37 rec.) & 2 rush TDs in last home meeting. Since 2016, leads NFL in scrimmage yards (9,678) & rush yards (7,438) & ranks tied-3rd in scrimmage TDs (68). • RB TONY POLLARD has 50+ scrimmage yards in 4 of his past 5 at home. Had TD catch in last meeting. • WR CEEDEE LAMB has 50+ rec. yards in 3 of his past 4 at home. Had 61 scrimmage yards (46 rec., 15 rush) in last meeting. • TE DALTON SCHULTZ led team with 7 receptions & had 62 rec. yards last week. Aims for his 4th in row at home with 6+ catches & 50+ rec. yards. • LB MICAH PARSONS had 2 sacks in Week 1. Has 4 games with 2+ sacks since 2021, tied-2nd most in NFL. Has 9 sacks & 13 TFL in 9 career home games & aims for his 7th in row at home with TFL. • CB TREVON DIGGS had 2 PD last week. Has 2+ PD in 4 of his past 5 & leads NFL with 8 games with 2+ PD since 2021. • LB LEIGHTON VANDER ESCH led team with 9 tackles in Week 1 & aims for his 3rd in row at home with 9+ tackles. Had 7 tackles in last meeting. • CB ANTHONY BROWN had 7 tackles last week. Has 11 PD in his past 9 at home. • S DONOVAN WILSON had 5 tackles & 2nd career INT in Week 1. • DT OSA ODIGHIZUWA tied his career-high with 2 TFL in Week 1.
HOUSTON AT DENVER
REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY
LEADER Broncos lead all-time series, 5-3
STREAKS Broncos have won 3 of last 4
LAST GAME 12/8/19: Broncos 38 at Texans 24
LAST GAME AT SITE 11/4/18: Texans 19, Broncos 17
QB DAVIS MILLS completed 23 of 37 atts. (62.2 pct.) for 240 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs with 98.9 rating last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with 2+ TD passes & 0 INTs. • RB REX BURKHEAD had 70 scrimmage yards (40 rush, 30 rec.) & 5 catches in Week 1. Aims for his 5th in row with 65+ scrimmage yards. Had TD catch in his last game at Den. (11/12/17 w/ NE). Has 5 TDs in his past 4 vs. AFC West. • RB DAMEON PIERCE (rookie) rushed for 33 yards last week in NFL debut. • WR BRANDIN COOKS led team with 7 catches for 82 yards in Week 1. Has 7+ catches in 4 of his past 5. Has 50+ rec. yards in each of 3 career games vs. Den. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with TD catch. • TE O.J. HOWARD had 2 rec. TDs last week in Hou. debut, his 3rd-career game with 2 TDs & 1st since 2018. Had 49 rec. yards in only career game vs. Den. (9/27/20 w/ TB). • DE JERRY HUGHES had 2 sacks, INT & FF last week in Hou. debut, his 2nd-career game with both INT & FF. Had FR in his last game vs. Den. (12/19/20 w/ Buf.). • LB KAMU GRUGIER-HILL led team with 18 tackles & had TFL & PD last week, most tackles by any player in NFL in Week 1. Aims for his 12th in row with 5+ tackles. • S JONATHAN OWENS had career-high 15 tackles & had PD last week, 2nd-most tackles by any player in NFL in Week 1. Has PD in 2 of his past 3. Grugier-Hill & Owens are 1st pair of teammates each with 15+ tackles in same game since 2015. • LB CHRISTIAN KIRKSEY had 9 tackles, TFL & 6th-career FR in Week 1. Aims for his 4th in row with 8+ tackles & 3rd in row with TFL. Had 9 tackles in only career game vs. Den. (10/18/15 w/ Cle.). Has PD in 3 of his past 4 on road. • CB DEREK STINGLEY JR. (rookie) had 7 tackles & PD last week in NFL debut.
QB RUSSELL WILSON completed 29 of 42 atts. (69 pct.) for 340 yards & TD vs. 0 INTs with 101.3 rating last week in Den. debut. Has 712 pass yards (356 per game) & 6 TDs vs. INT for 120 rating in his past 2 starts vs. Hou. Had 8 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 136.1 rating in 3 starts vs. AFC South last season with Sea. • RB JAVONTE WILLIAMS led team with 108 scrimmage yards (65 rec., 43 rush) & career-high 11 catches in Week 1, 2nd-most catches ever in single game by Den. RB. • RB MELVIN GORDON totaled 72 scrimmage yards (team-high 58 rush, 14 rec.) last week. Aims for his 4th in row with 70+ scrimmage yards. Had 89 scrimmage yards in only career game vs. Hou. (11/27/16 w/ SD). Has TD in 3 of his past 4 vs. AFC South. • WR JERRY JEUDY led team with 102 rec. yards & had TD catch in Week 1, his 3rdcareer game with 100+ rec. yards. • WR COURTLAND SUTTON had 4 catches for 72 yards last week. Had 5 catches in last meeting. Has 70+ rec. yards in 3 of his past 4 vs. AFC South. • TE ALBERT OKWUEGBUNAM had 5 catches in Week 1, 3rd-career game with 5+ catches. • LB BRADLEY CHUBB led team with 2 sacks & had FF last week, his 5th-career game with 2+ sacks. Had 3 TFL & sack in last home meeting. • LB RANDY GREGORY had 9th-career FF last week in Den. debut. • S JUSTIN SIMMONS tied for team lead with 9 tackles & had 2nd-career FR in Week 1. Had 6 tackles & career-high 3 PD in last meeting. • S KAREEM JACKSON had 11 tackles, TFL, 3 PD & INT in last meeting. Totaled 88 PD & 16 INTs in 9 seasons with Hou. (2010-18). • CB RONALD DARBY had 6 tackles, FF & PD last week. Aims for his 5th in row with PD.
ARIZONA AT LAS VEGAS
REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY
LEADER Raiders lead all-time series, 6-4
STREAKS Cardinals have won 2 of last 3
LAST GAME 11/18/18: Raiders 23 at Cardinals 21
LAST GAME AT SITE 10/19/14: Cardinals 24, Raiders 13 (Oakland)
QB KYLER MURRAY had 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 99.3 rating in Week 1. Had 19 TDs (15 pass, 4 rush) vs. 3 INTs for 109.2 rating in 7 road starts in 2021, 2nd-highest road passer rating in NFL last season. Has 2+ TD passes & 100+ rating in 4 of his past 5 road starts. • RB JAMES CONNER had 5 catches, 55 scrimmage yards (29 rec., 26 rush) & rush TD in Week 1. Since 2021, ranks 2nd in NFL with 16 rush TDs. Had 696 scrimmage yards (87 per game) & 9 TDs (7 rush, 2 rec.) in 8 road games last season. • TE ZACH ERTZ had rec. TD in Week 1. Since 2013, ranks 2nd in receptions (637) & rec. yards (6,855) & 4th in rec. TDs (42) among all TEs. Had 6+ catches in 3 of his final 4 road games last season. • WR MARQUISE BROWN had 4 catches for 43 yards & rec. TD in Az. debut last week. Had 5 catches for 69 yards & rec. TD in his last game vs. LV (9/13/21 w/ Bal.). Aims for his 5th in row on road with 5+ catches. • WR GREG DORTCH led team with career highs in catches (7) & rec. yards (63) in Week 1. • DE J.J. WATT has 2 sacks & 3 TFL in his past 3 vs. LV. • LB MARKUS GOLDEN had 8 sacks & 9 TFL in 8 road games last season. • LB ZAVEN COLLINS set career highs in tackles (7) & TFL (2) in Week 1. • S BUDDA BAKER led team with 13 tackles in Week 1. Since 2017, leads all DBs in tackles (534) & games with 10+ tackles (19). • S JALEN THOMPSON had 9 tackles last week. Aims for his 9th in row on road with 6+ tackles. • CB MARCO WILSON had career-high 2 PD & 3rd-career FF last week.
QB DEREK CARR completed 22 of 37 atts. (59.5 pct.) for 295 yards & 2 TDs last week. Passed for 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 100.5 rating in last meeting. Aims for his 4th in row vs. NFC West with 0 INTs. • RB JOSH JACOBS had 73 scrimmage yards (57 rush, 16 rec.) in Week 1. Aims for his 9th in row with 70+ scrimmage yards. Has rush TD in 4 of his past 5 vs. NFC. Totaled 358 scrimmage yards (119.3 per game) in final 3 home games in 2021. • RB BRANDON BOLDEN had TD catch last week in LV debut. • WR DAVANTE ADAMS led team with 10 catches for 141 yards & TD last week in LV debut, his 20th-career game with 10+ catches, 2nd-most in NFL since 2014. Has 100+ rec. yards in 3 of his past 4. Had 8 catches for 93 yards & TD in his last game vs. Az. (12/2/18 w/ GB). Aims for his 5th in row vs. NFC West with 75+ rec. yards. • WR HUNTER RENFROW had TD catch in each of final 2 home games in 2021. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NFC with 100+ rec. yards. • TE DARREN WALLER had 4 catches for 79 yards last week. • DE MAXX CROSBY had career-high 10 tackles & TFL in Week 1. Aims for his 5th in row at home with TFL & 3rd in row with sack. • DE CHANDLER JONES had TFL last week in LV debut. Had sack & FF in only career game vs. Az. (9/16/12 w/ NE). Aims for his 5th in row vs. NFC West with sack & 4th in row with FF. Totaled franchise-record 71.5 sacks in 6 seasons with Az. (2016-21). • CB NATE HOBBS had 9 tackles, career-high 2 TFL, PD & 2nd-career FF in Week 1. Aims for his 3rd in row with TFL & PD. • S JOHNATHAN ABRAM led team with 12 tackles last week.
CHICAGO AT GREEN BAY
REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY
LEADER Packers lead all-time series, 102-94-6
STREAKS Packers have won last 6
LAST GAME 12/12/21: Bears 30 at Packers 45
LAST GAME AT SITE 12/12/21
QB JUSTIN FIELDS had 2 TDs vs. INT for 85.7 rating & 28 rush yards in Week 1. Aims for his 10th start in row with 20+ rush yards. Had 2 pass TDs & 74 rush yards in last meeting. • RB DAVID MONTGOMERY had 50 scrimmage yards (26 rec., 24 rush) in Week 1. Has 450 scrimmage yards (90 per game) in 5 career games vs. GB. Has 50+ scrimmage yards in each of his 7 road games last season. • RB KHALIL HERBERT led team with 45 rush yards & had 3rd-career rush TD in Week 1. • WR DARNELL MOONEY has 5+ catches & 50+ rec. yards in 3 of his past 4 road games. • WR DANTE PETTIS had 51-yard rec. TD last week, his 10th-career TD catch. • TE COLE KMET had 40+ rec. yards in 5 of his final 6 road games in 2021. • DL ROBERT QUINN had 7 sacks in 8 road games last season. Had 3 sacks & 4 TFL in 2 games vs. GB in 2021 & aims for his 3rd in row vs. GB with sack. • LB ROQUAN SMITH led team with 9 tackles & had 0.5 sacks & PD in Week 1. Had 82 tackles (9.1 per game) in 9 road games last season. Has 5+ tackles in 5 of his past 6 vs. GB. • DL DOMINIQUE ROBINSON (rookie) had 7 tackles & led team with 1.5 sacks last week, most among all rookies in Week 1. • DB JAYLON JOHNSON had 2nd-career FF last week. Has PD in 2 of his 3 career games vs. GB. • DB EDDIE JACKSON had 11th-career INT in Week 1. Aims for his 3rd in row at GB with PD. • DB KYLER GORDON (rookie) had 6 tackles & TFL in NFL debut last week. • DB JAQUON BRISKER (rookie) had TFL & FR in NFL debut in Week 1, only FR by rookie last week.
QB AARON RODGERS had 22 TDs (20 pass, 2 rush) vs. INT for 113.8 rating in 8 home starts last season. Has 74 TDs (70 pass, 4 rush) vs. 11 INTs for 109.1 rating in 29 career SNF starts. Aims for his 7th in row on SNF with 2+ TD passes & 110+ rating. Has 61 career TD passes vs. Chi., most vs. any opponent. Has 15 TDs (14 pass, 1 rush) vs. 0 INTs for 141.5 rating in his past 4 starts vs. Chi. • RB AARON JONES had 76 scrimmage yards (49 rush, 27 rec.) last week. Has 6 TDs (4 rush, 2 rec.) in his past 5 vs. Chi. Has 993 scrimmage yards (90.3 per game) & 7 TDs (4 rush, 3 rec.) in 11 career SNF games. Has 31 TDs (24 rush, 7 rec.) in 34 career home games. • RB A.J. DILLON led team with 91 scrimmage yards (46 rec., 45 rush) & had rush TD in Week 1. Has 50+ scrimmage yards in 10 of his past 11. Has 4 rush TDs in his past 4 on SNF. • WR ALLEN LAZARD had 6 catches for 75 yards & rec. TD in last meeting. • LB RASHAN GARY had sack in Week 1. Had 8 sacks in 8 home games last season. Has FR in 2 of his past 3 vs. Chi. • LB DE’VONDRE CAMPBELL led team with 11 tackles & had TFL last week. Had 82 tackles (10.3 per game) in 8 home games last season, incl. 2021 season-high 16 tackles in last meeting. • LB PRESTON SMITH has 5 sacks in his past 5 at home, incl. 2 sacks & FF in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row at home vs. Chi. with sack. • CB RASUL DOUGLAS had 11 PD & 4 INTs, incl. 2 INT-TDs, in 6 home games in 2021. Had 55-yard INT-TD in last meeting.
TENNESSEE AT BUFFALO
REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY
LEADER Titans lead all-time series, 29-17
STREAKS Titans have won past 2
LAST GAME 10/18/21: Bills 31 at Titans 34
LAST GAME AT SITE 10/7/18: Bills 13, Titans 12
QB RYAN TANNEHILL completed 20 of 33 atts. (60.6 pct.) for 266 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs with 106.4 rating last week. Aims for his 5th in row with 0 INTs & 105+ rating & 4th in row with 2+ TD passes. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Buf. with rush TD. Had 13 TDs (11 pass, 2 rush) vs. 5 INTs for 92.6 rating in 8 road starts last season. • RB DERRICK HENRY rushed for 82 yards in Week 1. Has 75+ scrimmage yards in 12 of his past 13. Rushed for 143 yards & 3 TDs in last meeting. Aims for his 4th in row vs. Buf. with rush TD & 3rd in row vs. Buf. with 2+ rush TDs. Aims for his 7th in row vs. AFC East with rush TD. Totaled 612 scrimmage yards (153 per game) & 7 rush TDs in 4 road games last season. • RB DONTRELL HILLIARD had career-high 61 rec. yards & 1st 2 TD catches of career in Week 1. Aims for his 4th in row with 50+ scrimmage yards. • WR KYLE PHILIPS (rookie) led team with 6 catches for 66 rec. yards last week in NFL debut. • WR TREYLON BURKS (rookie) had 55 rec. yards in NFL debut last week. • WR ROBERT WOODS made Ten. debut last week. Had 5 catches for 74 yards & TD in only career game vs. Buf. (9/27/20 w/ LAR). Has rec. TD in 3 of his past 4 vs. AFC East. • S KEVIN BYARD tied career high with 12 tackles in Week 1. Had INT in last meeting & aims for his 4th in row vs. Buf. with PD. • S AMANI HOOKER had 6th-career INT last week. Had 9 tackles & FF in last meeting • DT JEFFERY SIMMONS had 2 sacks & 2nd-career FF in Week 1, his 3rd-career game with 2+ sacks. Had sack in last meeting. • LB RASHAD WEAVER had career-high 2 sacks in last week.
QB JOSH ALLEN completed 26 of 31 atts. (83.9 pct.) for 297 yards & 3 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 112 rating & rushed for 56 yards & TD last week, his 7th-career game with 3+ TD passes & rush TD, 3rd-most all-time. Had 2+ TD passes in 6 of 9 home games last season. Passed for 353 yards & 3 TDs vs. INT for 107.8 rating in last meeting. Aims for his 4th in row vs. Ten. with 2+ TD passes. • RB DEVIN SINGLETARY had 62 scrimmage yards (48 rush, 14 rec.) in Week 1. Had 95+ scrimmage yards & rush TD in each of his final 3 home games last season. • WR STEFON DIGGS led team with 8 catches for 122 yards & TD last week, his 10th game with 100+ rec. yards since joining Buf. in 2020. Has 298 rec. yards (99.3 per game) in 3 career games vs. Ten. • WR GABE DAVIS had 88 rec. yards & TD catch in Week 1. Has 6 rec. TDs in his past 3 games, incl. postseason. • LB VON MILLER had 3 TFL & 2 sacks last week in Buf. debut, his 21st-career game with 2+ sacks, 4th-most among active players. Has 2.5 sacks & 2 FFs in 4 career games vs. Ten. • LB TREMAINE EDMUNDS led team with 10 tackles last week. Aims for his 8th in row at home with 5+ tackles. Had FF & PD in last home meeting. • DT JORDAN PHILLIPS had 1.5 sacks in Week 1. Aims for his 4th in row with sack. Had career-high 3 sacks vs. Ten. in 2019 meeting. • DE A.J. EPENESA had career-high 1.5 sacks last week. Aims for his 4th in row with TFL. • S JORDAN POYER had 21st-career INT in Week 1. Had INT in last meeting. • CB TARON JOHNSON had 9 tackles, TFL & PD last week. Had 6 tackles in last meeting.
MINNESOTA AT PHILADELPHIA
REGULAR-SEASON SERIES HISTORY
LEADER Vikings lead all-time series, 15-10
STREAKS Vikings have won past 2
LAST GAME 10/13/19: Eagles 20 at Vikings 38
LAST GAME AT SITE 10/7/18: Vikings 23, Eagles 21
QB KIRK COUSINS passed for 277 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 118.9 rating in Week 1. Had 19 TDs (18 pass, 1 rush) vs. 2 INTs for 106.3 rating in 8 road starts in 2021. Aims for his 11th in row on road with 2+ TD passes. Has 1,630 pass yards (326 per game) & 13 TDs vs. 3 INTs for 112.1 rating in 5 career road starts at Phi. • RB DALVIN COOK had 108 scrimmage yards (90 rush, 18 rec.) in Week 1. Had 842 scrimmage yards (105.3 per game) in 8 road games in 2021. Had rush TD in last meeting. Has 487 scrimmage yards (97.4 per game) in 5 career MNF games. • WR JUSTIN JEFFERSON had 9 catches for career-high 184 yards & 2 rec. TDs in Week 1. Has 5 career games with 150+ rec. yards & TD catch, tied-2nd most ever by player in 1st 3 career seasons. Has 182 rec. yards (91 per game) & rec. TD in 2 career MNF games. • WR ADAM THIELEN had 7 rec. TDs in 7 road games in 2021. Had 116 rec. yards & TD catch in last road meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Phi. with TD catch. • DE DANIELLE HUNTER had sack in Week 1. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Phi. with sack. Aims for his 4th in row on MNF with sack & 5th in row on MNF with TFL. • LB ZA’DARIUS SMITH had sack in Week 1. Has 7.5 sacks & 10 TFL in his past 3 on MNF & aims for his 3rd in row on MNF with 3+ sacks & 4+ TFL. • LB D.J. WONNUM had 12th-career sack last week. Has 5 sacks in his past 4 on road. • LB JORDAN HICKS led team & tied career high with 14 tackles & had sack & 5th-career FF last week. Had 253 tackles, 19 PD, 7 INT, 6 FR & 5 sacks in 4 seasons with Phi. (2015-18). • LB ERIC KENDRICKS had 10 tackles, 2 PD, FF & 0.5 sacks in last meeting. • S HARRISON SMITH had 30th-career INT last week & is only active player with 30+ INTs & 15+ sacks (16.5). Aims for his 11th in row on road with 5+ tackles.
QB JALEN HURTS passed for 243 yards & had 90 rush yards & rush TD in Week 1, his 4th-career game with 75+ rush yards. Had 15 TDs (8 rush, 7 pass) vs. 2 INTs for 92.7 rating in 7 home starts in 2021. Passed for 326 yards & 2 TDs vs. 2 INTs in his only career start on MNF (9/27/21 at Dal.). • RB MILES SANDERS had 105 scrimmage yards (96 rush, 9 rec.) & rush TD in Week 1, his 10th-career rush TD. Has 1,616 scrimmage yards (85.1 per game) in 19 career home games. Had 86 rec. yards & TD catch in last meeting. • RB BOSTON SCOTT had 14th-career rush TD in Week 1 & aims for his 4th in row with TD. • WR A.J. BROWN had his 4th-career game with 10+ receptions (10) & tied his career high with 155 rec. yards in Week 1. Is 1 of 3 (Davante Adams & Justin Jefferson) with 5 games with 150+ rec. yards since 2019. Aims for his 3rd in row on MNF with 5+ catches. • TE DALLAS GOEDERT had 60 rec. yards in Week 1. Had 5 catches in last meeting. • LB HAASON REDDICK had TFL last week. Had 3 TFL & FR in his last game vs. Min. (10/17/21 w/ Car.). Has 2 sacks & 3 TFL in 2 career MNF games. • DE BRANDON GRAHAM had 0.5 sacks in Week 1. Had sack in last meeting & aims for his 4th in row vs. Min. with sack. • DT FLETCHER COX had TFL in 3 of his final 4 home games last season. • CB DARIUS SLAY has 10 PD & 3 INTs in 13 career games vs. Min. • CB JAMES BRADBERRY had 27-yard INT-TD in Week 1, his 1st-career INT-TD. Has 4 PD & INT in 2 career games vs. Min. • S MARCUS EPPS led team with 10 tackles in Week 1, his 2nd-career 10+ tackle game.
ÁLVAREZ BEATS GOLOVKIN BY UNANIMOUS DECISION TO END TRILOGY
LAS VEGAS (AP) After 36 rounds together in the ring over the past five years, Canelo Alvarez finally put a convincing finish on his remarkable trilogy with Gennady Golovkin.
The Mexican superstar decisively won his third ring meeting with Gennady Golovkin on Saturday night, earning a unanimous-decision victory and clear superiority in their rivalry.
Four years after the fighters’ most recent meeting ended in a narrow, disputed victory for Alvarez (58-2-2, 39 KOs), the four-division world champion left little doubt about this verdict – even though he won by just 115-113 on two judges’ scorecards, with the third seeing it 116-112.
“He’s a strong fighter,” Alvarez said to the raucous cheers of his supportive Vegas crowd. “For me, I’m just glad to share the ring with him. He’s a really good fighter. I’m glad to be involved in that kind of fight.”
Even with an injured left hand that he says will require surgery, the 32-year-old Alvarez delivered a comprehensive pummeling of the now-40-year-old Golovkin (42-2-1) in the first eight rounds, repeatedly testing Triple G’s famed chin with combinations and overhand rights. Golovkin rallied late, but ran out of time.
ACUÑA ACCOUNTS FOR ALL 4 RUNS AS BRAVES HOLD OFF PHILLIES
ATLANTA (AP) Ronald Acuna Jr. was excited that the Atlanta Braves appeared to be at full strength as they attempt to win a fifth straight division title.
Not so fast.
Second baseman Ozzie Albies, one of Acuna’s close friends on the team, suffered a broken finger and will miss the rest of the regular season, if not more.
“Obviously it’s great that we got the win – that’s the most important thing – but it’s really sad that Ozzie hurt himself again,” Acuna via a translator. “We need him. Like I said, it’s really sad.”
Acuna homered and drove in four runs off Aaron Nola and flashed some fancy defense in right field, lifting the Braves to a 4-3 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday night.
The victory was dampened because of a broken right pinky finger sustained by Albies, who was injured sliding head-first safely into second base in the fourth inning. Albies, a two-time All-Star, had just returned from an 81-game absence Friday because of a broken left foot.
ADAMES, WOODRUFF LEAD BREWERS TO 4-1 VICTORY OVER YANKEES
MILWAUKEE (AP) Brandon Woodruff provided a major boost for the Milwaukee Brewers’ injury-riddled pitching staff.
Woodruff struck out 10 in eight innings and Willy Adames hit a three-run homer as the Brewers defeated the New York Yankees 4-1 on Saturday night.
The big performance by Woodruff came one night after the Brewers had to use seven pitches in a 7-6 victory over the Yankees. The Brewers are trying to remain in playoff contention with three starting pitchers (Freddy Peralta, Eric Lauer and Aaron Ashby) on the injured list.
“The pitching situation we’re in, of course, it helps a lot,” manager Craig Counsell said. “We got through a game, we won another game without using a bunch of guys.”
New York slugger Aaron Judge went 1 for 3 with a double and a walk to remain at 57 homers. Judge is four homers from tying Roger Maris’ American League record of 61.
Judge’s batting average is at .312 as he contends for the Triple Crown. Judge leads the AL in homers and RBIs (123). Minnesota’s Luis Arraez (.316) has the AL’s top batting average.
MOLINA HOMERS, PUJOLS GOES HITLESS AS CARDS SWEEP REDS
ST. LOUIS (AP) Yadier Molina hit a two-run drive while Albert Pujols went hitless in his quest for 700 homers, and the St. Louis Cardinals swept a doubleheader from the Cincinnati Reds 5-1 and 1-0 in 11 innings on Saturday.
Pujols started at first base in the opener and hit second for the first time this season. He went 0 for 3 with two walks in his first two plate appearances. The sold-out crowd of 46,678 loudly booed both walks.
He pinch hit and struck out in the second game.
St. Louis manager Oliver Marmol said playing Pujols so frequently is a no-brainer despite his age of 42.
“When you put a winning lineup out there, he’s in it,” Marmol said. “It’s not a matter of whether we’re facing a lefty or a righty. He’s in there because he’s doing a nice job against everybody. It’s just a matter now of resting him to make sure he’s fresh.”
Pujols hit career homer No. 698 during Friday night’s 6-5 victory over Cincinnati. He is hitting .317 (45 for 142) with 15 homers and 35 RBIs in 48 games since July 10.
Tommy Edman had three hits in the opener for the NL Central-leading Cardinals. Paul Goldschmidt and Brendan Donovan each drove in a run.
The doubleheader was scheduled after a July 17 rainout. It was the sixth doubleheader for the Cardinals this season, and No. 5 for the Reds.
THOMPSON 2-RUN HR BACKS URÍAS’ 17TH WIN, DODGERS BEAT GIANTS
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Freddie Freeman is a 100-game winner for the first time, and he wants to pile on many more before these dominant Dodgers are done.
Trayce Thompson hit a two-run homer to back Julio Urias’ 17th win, and NL West champion Los Angeles beat up on the San Francisco Giants again with a 7-2 victory Saturday night to notch the 10th 100-win season in franchise history and fourth in six years.
“I think this is the first time I’ve ever done that – pretty cool,” said Freeman, who joined the Dodgers from the reigning World Series champion Braves on a $162 million, six-year deal this season. “It just means we’ve got a really good team and we’ve still got some more wins to go. … It is special, when you come to the field expecting to win every single night and you have a really good chance to win every single night. With our pitching and the way our offense is going lately, it’s a pretty good feeling.”
Justin Turner hit a pair of RBI singles among his three hits a day after reaching a career-best 35 doubles for the season.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts credits his club’s commitment to keep winning 100 games year after year.
“Every team goes through adversities but to have a consistent level of play to win 100 games at this point is quite the accomplishment, so there’s a lot of people that deserve a lot of credit,” Roberts said. “It’s something that we don’t take for granted.”
Urias (17-7) struck out eight with one walk over six innings and improved to 4-1 against San Francisco this season. He allowed two runs on five hits a day after the Dodgers shut down the Giants 5-0 on Friday night.
Urias might still have enough starts to reach 20 wins again this season, though he insists “whatever the team asks, my mentality is positive.”
GUARDIANS BEAT TWINS 7-6 IN 15 INNINGS, SWEEP DOUBLEHEADER
CLEVELAND (AP) Austin Hedges scored on an error by shortstop Jermaine Palacios in the 15th inning and the AL Central-leading Cleveland Guardians beat the Minnesota Twins for the eighth straight time, 7-6 to sweep a day-night doubleheader Saturday.
Amed Rosario, who went 8 for 13 with six RBIs in the twinbill, hit a sharp grounder that Palacios mishandled with two outs. The ball skidded into the outfield, allowing Hedges to score from third and end the 5-hour, 24-minute marathon.
“The mindset is the same every day,” Rosario said. “I go one at-bat at a time and control what I can control.”
Rosario had four hits in both games of the doubleheader, including a three-run homer in the nightcap. He drove in two runs in the opener, a 5-1 victory by the Guardians behind ace Shane Bieber.
Cleveland (79-66), which has won nine of its last 10, opened a 4 1/2-game lead over the Chicago White Sox (75-71) and is seven games ahead of the third-place Twins (72-73). Minnesota has lost 11 of 16 in September.
The ninth Guardians pitcher, Kirk McCarty (4-2), worked three innings for the win. Dereck Rodriguez (0-1) tossed 3 2/3 innings after being recalled from Triple-A St. Paul between games.
“I was just watching guys go out and do their job, and I was ready to compete when it got to me,” McCarty said. “A well-deserved win. We’re never out of a game.”
MUSGROVE GOES 6, CAMPUSANO HOMERS, PADRES BLANK D-BACKS 2-0
PHOENIX (AP) Luis Campusano hit his first homer of the season, Joe Musgrove won for the second time in three months and the San Diego Padres beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 2-0 on Saturday.
Campusano’s solo shot capped a two-run fourth and Musgrove (10-7) gave up four hits in six innings before the bullpen took over.
Musgrove struck out eight and did not issue a walk while winning for the second time since June 16, when he ran his record to 8-0 with a 6-4 victory over the Chicago Cubs. His only victory since was 5-4 over San Francisco on Aug. 31.
“I’m not going to get too comfortable and say I’ve got it figured out and it’s going to stay here,” said Musgrove, who threw 95 pitches. “But you go out and throw 100 pitches on max effort and the delivery is efficient, it’s easy to maintain that feel and your body knows that’s what it wants to do. I think it’s going to pay off.”
San Diego moved within a half-game of Philadelphia for the second NL wild card and remained 1 1/2 games ahead of Milwaukee for the third and final spot. Atlanta beat the Phillies 4-3, and Milwaukee topped the New York Yankees 4-1 earlier Saturday.
Nick Martinez tossed two perfect innings in relief and Josh Hader pitched around Jake McCarthy’s one-out single in the ninth for his 33rd save in 36 chances.
Arizona right-hander Zac Gallen (12-3) was the hard-luck loser, giving up two runs and four hits in 5 1/3 innings. He had won his previous eight starts but took his first loss in 16 starts since June 10.
Gallen had four strikeouts and three walks while throwing 105 pitches, his second most this season. He had a 44 1/3-inning scoreless streak end in his previous start, a 12-6 victory over Colorado.
OHTANI, ANGELS WIN 2-1, DROP MARINERS IN WILD-CARD STANDINGS
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Shohei Ohtani pitched seven scoreless innings, drove in one run and scored another as the Los Angeles Angels beat Seattle 2-1 Saturday night, dropping the Mariners in the wild-card standings.
The Mariners entered the four-game series tied for the top spot in the AL wild-card chase but are now two games behind Toronto and a half game in back of Tampa Bay. Seattle holds the final wild-card spot, five games ahead of Baltimore.
The Angels’ second straight victory against the Mariners came on the back of their two-way MVP candidate as Ohtani reached base twice in three at-bats, drove in his 89th run and lowered his ERA to 2.43 in 148 total innings.
“I don’t like to self-critique myself in any way,” Ohtani said through an interpreter as he is in the midst of an MVP chase with the New York Yankees’ Aaron Judge. “One thing I could say is, overall, balance-wise, I’m having a better season this year than I had last year.”
One day after the teams combined to hit seven home runs, Ohtani and Mariners starter George Kirby did not allow a long ball. Seattle’s Taylor Trammell hit a home run in the eighth inning off Jaime Barria, his fourth.
Ohtani gave the Angels a 1-0 lead in the first inning, when he followed Mike Trout’s single with a double off the left-field wall. Trout scored when the rebound eluded Mariners left fielder Jesse Winker.
Ohtani helped make it 2-0 in the fourth inning when he worked a leadoff walk against Kirby, moved to third on a single and a wild pitch, then scored on a ground out by Matt Duffy.
On the mound, Ohtani (13-8) was barely threatened, allowing one Seattle runner to reach second base. He gave up three hits with one walk and eight strikeouts, his most in three starts this month. Ohtani now has 196 strikeouts on the season.
“I’ve said it before, he’s the most valuable player of our game right now,” said Angels interim manager Phil Nevin, who has a unique view on the MVP chase as a former Yankees coach. “Until somebody can come in and do the things he does on both sides, I don’t see it going any other way. I love Aaron Judge like a son, but I’ll continue to say it: (Ohtani) can take over a baseball game like nobody can.”
SMITH OVERTAKES JOHNSON FOR 2-SHOT LEAD IN LIV GOLF
SUGAR GROVE, Ill. (AP) Cameron Smith made a pair of 7-foot birdie putts to finish off his round of 4-under 68 and allow him to overtake Dustin Johnson going into the third and final day of the LIV Golf Invitational-Chicago.
As easy as Johnson made it look in the opening round, Saturday at Rich Harvest Farms was such a struggle that he shot over par for the first time in the 14 rounds he has played in the Saudi-funded series.
Johnson was lucky the deficit to Smith was only two shots. He came up well short of the green on the par-4 17th and had to make an 8-foot par putt, while Smith took the lead for the first time with his 7-foot birdie putt.
On their final hole at the par-5 18th, Johnson’s approach took a hard hop over the green. After a free drop from the grandstand, he chipped weakly to 8 feet and missed his birdie putt. Smith was on the other side of the green, lagged a 60-footer to 7 feet and holed that for another birdie.
Smith was at 10-under 134.
They will be joined in the lead group Sunday by Peter Uihlein, the former U.S. Amateur champion who had the low round of the breezy day with a 66. That left Uihlein only three shots behind going into the last day.
Laurie Canter (68) and Charl Schwartzel (69), who won the first LIV Golf Invitational outside London, were four shots behind. The group five back included Lee Westwood, Charles Howell III and Bryson DeChambeau.
Smith won the British Open at St. Andrews and made $2.5 million. A victory Sunday would be worth at least $4 million.
“It was tricky out there today,” Smith said. “I got a couple of breaks and DJ didn’t quite make the putts he usually does.”
Phil Mickelson looked as though he might get a round under par until he made three bogeys in a four-hole stretch and shot 74 to fall 12 shots behind.
BUESCHER WINS BRISTOL; HARVICK, BUSCH, RCR OUT OF PLAYOFFS
BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) Chris Buescher closed out a bizarre first round of NASCAR’s playoffs in which none of the title contenders won a race by becoming the 19th winner this season with his victory Saturday night at Bristol Motor Speedway.
The second win of Buescher’s career marked the first time in this format of NASCAR’s postseason that a playoff driver failed to win a race during a round. Erik Jones won the opener and Bubba Wallace won last week.
Buescher won for RFK Racing, the longtime Jack Roush-owned team that took on Brad Keselowski in the ownership group this season, to give the organization its first win in a points-paying Cup race in over five years. Buescher and Keselowski both won a pair of exhibition races for RFK at Daytona in February.
“This is so special, this team does such a good job,” said Buescher, who won with a late call for two tires on the final pit stop. “It’s special to get RFK into victory lane for the first time.”
Keselowski, who left a long successful career at Team Penske to become an owner and driver at rebranded RFK, won the first stage for his first stage victory of the season. He congratulated Buescher both on-track and in victory lane.
It was the first points-paying win for RFK – then called Roush Fenway Racing – since Daytona in 2017, and the first non-superspeedway win on an oval since Carl Edwards won at Bristol in 2014.
The showdown on the Bristol short track was the first elimination race of NASCAR’s playoffs and it was a nail-biter to the very end as at least a dozen of the 16 title contenders had some sort of problem. There was a rash of flat tires for Ford drivers, mechanical problems for Toyota, an engine failure for Kyle Busch and Richard Childress Racing’s two drivers were both involved in a crash.
The 16-driver field was cut by four, and eliminated from the playoffs were Kevin Harvick, Busch and RCR teammates Austin Dillon and Tyler Reddick.
“This place is tough on the drivers. It’s tough on the cars,” Reddick said. “You never know how it’s going to go.”
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INDIANS BASEBALL: INDIANS FALL SHORT OF NINTH-INNING COMEBACK
INDIANAPOLIS – Blake Sabol launched his fourth Triple-A home run to lead off the ninth inning and bring the Indianapolis Indians within one run, but they couldn’t overcome a late, tie-breaking two-run frame to lose their fifth consecutive game to the Toledo Mud Hens on Saturday night at Victory Field, 8-7.
With the game tied at 6-6, one out and a pair of runners in scoring position in the top of the eighth inning, Josh Lester hit a sacrifice fly out to center field and Daz Cameron followed with an RBI single off Eric Hanhold (L, 4-4) to give Toledo (79-60) the lead it needed for the win. Sabol, playing in just his 16th game with Indianapolis (70-69) since being promoted from Double-A Altoona at the end of August, sent a long fly ball over the wall in straightaway center to counter in the ninth inning.
The two teams traded runs in the first inning courtesy of a two-run double by Brendon Davis and game-tying home run inside the left-field foul pole by Brendt Citta, respectively. The Mud Hens countered with a two-run shot by Corey Joyce – his second in as many nights – and held the lead after the Indians only scored one in the bottom half on a Jared Oliva RBI single.
The Mud Hens extended their lead with one run in each of the fourth and fifth innings, but the Indians bounced back to tie the game in the sixth. A bases-loaded walk to Josh VanMeter in the fifth cut the deficit to two runs before a Drew Maggi single and run-scoring wild pitch by Angel De Jesus (W, 4-1) knotted the game an inning later.
The Indians will look to avoid a sweep at the hands of the Mud Hens tomorrow afternoon at 1:35 PM ET. Taking the mound for Indianapolis will be RHP Noe Toribio (5-2, 6.08) against RHP Daniel Ponce De Leon (2-3, 4.93).
INDY ELEVEN SOCCER: Four-game Undefeated Streak Halted by Western Conference Playoff Contender
Indy Eleven saw its four-game unbeaten streak come to a halt Saturday evening on the Pacific Coast against a motivated Monterey Bay F.C. side in a 5-0 defeat at Cardinale Stadium on the campus of Cal State Monterey Bay. The defeat, coupled with other results from around the Eastern Conference, officially eliminated Indiana’s Team from postseason contention, while Monterey Bay moved to within a point of the playoff line in the Western Conference with the result.
After Indy dominated possession for the opening 10 minutes the match became mired in the midfield through about the half hour mark. The first shot on goal came in the 26th minute when Eleven defender Jared Timmer got forward and into the right side of the area for a near-angle shot, but Monterey Bay ‘keeper Ahtony Siaha cut off the angle with a hard-charge off his line to make the save. The next minute saw Monterrey Bay midfielder Chase Boone receive the game’s first caution for a challenge on Eleven captain Neveal Hackshaw, perhaps coming out of it a little lucky not to see a red for the studs-up tackle.
Boone was fortunate again in the 31st minute, when he followed up Christian Volesky’s saved shot and slammed home the rebound to put the home side up 1-0 on the match’s first chance of note for either side. Less than two minutes later MBFC midfielder Simon Dawkins picked off a pass in the attacking third and nearly doubled the advantage, but his shot just trickled past the far post to divert disaster for the Boys in Blue.
The Californian side earned a slew of chances in the final five minutes of the half, starting with Indy goalkeeper Tim Trilk saving Hugh Roberts’ looping header in the 41st minute. MBFC’s growing stranglehold on possession in the final third paid off two minutes later thanks to a give-and-go at the top of the area between Sam Gleadle and Volesky that allowed the former space to center a dangerous cross for Boone on the doorstep. Eleven defender Robby Dambrot cut across and lunged to reach the ball first, only to send it across the goalline for an own goal that gave Monterey Bay a 2-0 lead. A close-range chance by Gleadle in stoppage time sailed over the bar, leaving the Boys in Blue ready to get into the locker room to regroup down only two.
The second half began as the first ended, with Monterey Bay keeping its foot on the gas in attack. James Murphy’s bending shot from 25 yards beat Trilk’s dive to his right post in the 49th minute to move the scoreboard quickly. A minute later the MBFC momentum continued with another goal off a 1-2 involving Gleadle, this time with him finishing off the chance from the top of the area after receiving the ball back from Dawkins to push the Monterey Bay lead to 4-0.
A trio of changes for Indy just prior to the hour mark included Ayoze, who tried to make a quick impact with a shot on frame in the 64th minute that Siaha handled. Two minutes later it was Volesky getting his turn to move the scoreboard, accepting Gleadle ball into the area and slotting past a stranded Trilk to push the proceedings to 5-0 MBFC.
The Eleven gained more time in their attacking third from there on out, but Stefano Pinho’s deflected shot in the 72nd minute bounced right to Siaha, while the MBFC ‘keeper had a tougher kick-save to make on Jesus Vazquez’s redirect of Ayoze’s free kick to the six a few minutes later. Another substitute, forward Juan Tejada, had a claim for a goal in the 83rd minute when he redirected a cross at the six that saw Siaha lunge from just inside his goal to pounce on the shot, but the ball was deemed not to have completely crossed the line. Solomon Asante’s bending effort three minutes from time that just missed the upper right 90 marked the last best chance for the Eleven to get on the board.
The Boys in Blue return to IUPUI Carroll Stadium on Sunday, Sept. 25, when they play host to Loudoun United FC for a special 5:00 p.m. ET kickoff. Details on the club’s annual Hispanic Heritage Night festivities – presented by Financial Center First Credit Union, Morales Group & Sherwin-Williams – can be found at indyeleven.com/promotions, and tickets can be purchased at indyeleven.com/tickets, starting for $15. Fans who can’t make it to “The Mike” can follow the action on MyINDY-TV 23, ESPN+, Exitos Radio 94.3 / exitos943.com, and the @IndyElevenLive Twitter feed.
COLTS PREVIEW: VS. JACKSONVILLE
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) Despite penalties, blown coverages, dropped passes, red-zone failures, third-down woes and a late turnover, the Jacksonville Jaguars found progress and potential in their season-opening loss at Washington.
Maybe it’s reality for a promising team or maybe it’s misguided optimism stemming from a new head coach, a new staff and new players in every direction. Either way, the Jags (0-1) should have a better gauge when they host AFC South rival Indianapolis (0-0-1) on Sunday.
The Colts, coming off a disheartening tie at Houston that cost kicker Rodrigo Blankenship his job, are widely considered the team to beat in the division and have spent the last eight months waiting for this rematch.
Jacksonville knocked Indy out of the playoffs in the 2021 season finale, a 26-11 drubbing that prompted the Colts to change quarterbacks in the offseason. It was Jacksonville’s seventh consecutive home win in the series, a head-scratching skid for the Colts that they insist is more of a fluke than a fundamental flaw in how the teams stack up at TIAA Bank Field.
“It’s not just us and Jacksonville. There are other teams that have this same problem, just other ways,” Indy running back Nyheim Hines said. “If you’re a team in the NFL, of all 31 teams, there’s going to be somebody that is going to have your number every time you play them or match up.”
The Colts haven’t won in Jacksonville since 2014. Coach Frank Reich is winless in four trips, and no one on the team’s current roster has experienced a victory in Jacksonville with Indy.
“It’s like an interesting, unique kind of situation having gone down there and not won for seven years,” Colts defensive tackle DeForest Buckner said. “It’s hard. I can’t put my finger on it. But every year is a new year.”
It’s one of the few positive streaks going for Jacksonville, which extended its road and NFC skids to 18 and 17 games, respectively, last week against the Commanders.
The franchise’s first game under new coach Doug Pederson was a mistake-filled mess. The Jaguars had 13 penalties, dropped a surefire touchdown pass and struggled with the basics on both sides of the ball.
“You have to move on, take the positives and learn from the negatives,” quarterback Trevor Lawrence said. “We got a great opportunity this week. Obviously, we need a win, not because of the losses we’ve had in the past but because we started 0-1 last week. … This would be huge for us.”
The Colts are taking the same approach, especially after their last seven road trips in the series.
“Sometimes you get these things in sports like this that you just can’t explain it,” Reich said. “The explanation is that every time we’ve played down there, they’ve outplayed us and outcoached us.”
Former Jaguars coach Gus Bradley is making his third return trip to Jacksonville as a defensive coordinator. This time, he won’t see many familiar faces on the opposing sideline. Only one player from Bradley’s tenure (2013-16) in Jacksonville remains: longtime backup center Tyler Shatley.
“He’s a great dude,” Shatley said. “It’s pretty crazy to think about being the last guy from that regime. But here we are. There’s still a lot of guys still playing from back then, but they’re in other places.”
Colts defensive end Yannick Ngakoue is one of them. Drafted by Jacksonville in the third round in 2016, Ngakoue is playing for his fifth team in four years. He ranks second on Jacksonville’s all-time sack list with 37 1/2.
Ngakoue had two sacks in his first game against the Jaguars, which came in Baltimore in 2020.
“It’s always fun playing against Yan,” Jaguars left tackle Cam Robinson said. “He’s such a good player. Down-in and down-out, he’s a high-motor guy, a lot of speed around the edge, a lot of twitchiness, a lot of suddenness. He never took a play off in practice, which meant I could never take a play off.”
Pederson and Reich remain close friends after teaming up to win the Super Bowl with Philadelphia following the 2017 season. Reich left the Eagles following their title run to return to Indy. Pederson took the Jags’ job this year after spending last season out of coaching.
“I talk to him frequently, obviously not during the season but in the offseason, a couple of times a month,” Reich said. “I think the world of him. Great, class-act person, really great football coach. It’s kind of exciting, you know, he’s in our division.”
The Colts could be without two key players: three-time All-Pro linebacker Shaquille Leonard (back surgery) and rookie receiver Alec Pierce (concussion protocol).
- The Jaguars have won seven straight home games against the Colts. That is tied for the Jags’ longest home win streak against a single opponent all-time (also against the Bengals from 1996 to 2005). The only time the Colts have lost more consecutive road games against a single opponent was nine straight to the Steelers from 1974 to 2002.
- The Colts tied the Texans last week, 20-20, their first tie since Week 7 in 1982 against the Packers. The last time Indy failed to win either of its first two games against divisional opponents in a season was 2017 (Week 6 at Tennessee and Week 7 against Jacksonville).
- Jonathan Taylor tallied 175 scrimmage yards for the Colts in Week 1. It was the most by a Colt in Week 1 since 1988, when Eric Dickerson had 207 yards in a loss to the Oilers.
- In Doug Pederson’s first game as head coach, the Jaguars lost at Washington, 28-22. Of the nine head coaches in Jaguars history, eight have lost their first game (Doug Marrone in 2016 was the only one to win), and seven have started 0-2 (Mel Tucker started 1-1 in 2011).
- James Robinson scored a rushing and a receiving touchdown last week, the second player in Jaguars history with one of each in Week 1, joining James Stewart in 1998. The only other player this season with one of each in Week 1 was Kareem Hunt for the Browns.
- Matt Ryan threw for 352 yards in his debut for the Colts. Ryan was the ninth player in the Super Bowl era to throw for at least 350 yards in his first game with a team. He was the second Colt to do it, joining Philip Rivers in 2020 (363 yards in a loss at Jacksonville).
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Drama?
Of course. It seems part of Indiana’s football DNA.
Rising to the challenge, even when it includes losing starting center Zach Carpenter during warmups?
Absolutely. That, too, is a Hoosier trademark in this turnaround season.
Forget brink-of-defeat pressure. IU (3-0) found a way Saturday afternoon at Memorial Stadium, making big plays under pressure on offense, defense, and special teams to rally past Western Kentucky in overtime, 33-30.
“When it comes time to make a play,” linebacker Cam Jones said, “somebody steps up and makes it.”
Charles Campbell’s 51-yard field goal won it, but only after quarterback Connor Bazelak led another crucial crunch-time touchdown drive, this one capped by a 2-point version, to force overtime.
“I love the grit of this team,” head coach Tom Allen said. “I love the perseverance and the way they fight and find a way.”
When it mattered most, the defense held Western Kentucky (2-1) to a field goal when a touchdown might have clinched the Hilltoppers’ first win over a Big Ten team. Special teams blocked an overtime field goal and made the winning one. The offense scored eight points when anything less would have meant defeat.
“It’s L-E-O,” Bazelak said of the team’s Love Each Other mentality. “Everyone fights through adversity.”
Added Allen: “We talk that positivity, optimism, and belief gives you a competitive advantage.
“It was ugly at times, but we found a way. We’ve got a lot to learn and build off of.”
Down 30-22 with 3:46 left in regulation, Bazelak led IU 75 yards in an efficient mix of run (four runs for 15 yards) and pass (three completions for 27 yards) helped by a couple of Western Kentucky penalties.
Bazelak hit Cam Camper with a 4-yard touchdown pass and Donaven McCulley with the two-point conversion for a tie with 47 seconds left.
“We got things rolling with the run game, calling two runs in a row,” Bazelak said. “That got us moving, got the defense moving. It allows us to play fast and get the calls we want.”
The Hoosiers got an overtime chance when Western Kentucky kicker Brayden Narveson, who had already made three field goals, missed from 44 yards as time expired.
In overtime, Jaylin Williams blocked Narveson’s 39-yard attempt, and Bryant Fitzgerald recovered and nearly ran it back for a game winner.
Instead, it set the stage for Campbell’s winning kick. It was his fourth field goal of the game.
“It was long,” Campbell said, “but I like long ones. It lets you swing free and smoke the ball. I struck it well.
“My job is to hit field goals, hit long field goals.”
“I don’t remember much about that kick,” Allen said. “I remember he crushed it. It would have been good from 60 (yards).
“He’s a great kicker because great kickers make kicks like that when the team needs him.”
Despite trailing at halftime in every game, IU stayed unbeaten.
“It’s knowing that it’s a four-quarter game,” Bazelak said about Hoosier resiliency. “The whole team believes no mater how bad or good you play, as long as you come out on top, it’s all good.”
This rally had an extra challenge when starting Carpenter was hurt.
“That was crazy,” Allen said. “I don’t know that we’ve ever had that happen before. It’s the last second, so you’ve just gotta go. You don’t blink.”
Seldom-used sophomore Caleb Murphy, who wasn’t listed in the pre-game top-two depth chart and who had only played in the Idaho win, replaced Carpenter for all 90 offensive plays.
“Right before kickoff, he said, no matter what I will protect you with my life,” Bazelak said.
“I love that guy. He’s a fighter. He did an unbelievable job.”
Bazelak, who directed the game-winning TD drive against Illinois in the season opener, was 33-for-55 for 364 yards and two touchdowns while completing passes to 12 different receivers.
Camper was the leader with eight catches for 93 yards and a touchdown.
IU ran for 120 yards (Josh Henderson led with 65), although Allen was hoping for 150.
Outside linebacker Myles Jackson had an interception and recovered a fumble while adding two tackles.
Western Kentucky’s high-powered offensive reputation (its 43.5-point scoring average ranked 24th nationally, and it totaled 545 yards against IU) didn’t mean it neglected defense. It arrived with seven interceptions and three fumble recoveries on its resume.
The Hilltoppers had three sacks and one fumble recovery on Saturday.
“There were a lot of great things out there, a lot of great plays,” Western Kentucky head coach Tyson Helton said. “It was two good teams playing back and forth.”
The Hilltoppers opened with a pass-happy, spread approach. IU shut it down with a nine-yard Dasan McCullough sack to force a punt.
Campbell’s 34-yard field goal gave IU an early 3-0 lead.
After the Hoosiers missed on a fourth-down gamble at midfield, Western Kentucky took advantage with a 26-yard touchdown pass and a 7-3 late-first-quarter advantage.
IU pushed ahead 10-7 early in the second quarter on Bazelak’s 5-yard scoring pass to Andison Coby. It was Coby’s first Hoosier catch and first Hoosier score.
Western Kentucky needed less than a minute to match that touchdown, this one on a 44-yard scoring pass.
A promising Indiana drive ended inside the Western Kentucky 20-yard line on a fumbled backwards pass.
The Hilltoppers added a field goal for a 17-10 halftime lead.
IU opened the third quarter with Campbell’s 32-yard field goal. Western Kentucky countered with quarterback Austin Reed’s TD run and a 24-13 advantage.
The Hilltoppers were driving for another score when Jackson’s end zone interception sparked Hoosier momentum. Indiana drove 90 yards, capped by Henderson’s 19-yard scoring run. It missed on a 2-point conversion try and trailed 24-19 nine seconds into the fourth quarter.
Western Kentucky added a field goal. Then Jones forced a fumble and Jackson recovered at the Hilltopper 16-yard line. That set up Campbell’s 33-yard field goal to make it 27-23 with seven minutes left.
The Hilltoppers got another field goal for a 30-22 lead. IU had less than four minutes to score eight points.
“It’s a testament to all the hard work we put in this year, the leaders we have,” Jones said.
“We knew we couldn’t give up. We had to finish. It was emphasizing finish, finish, finish that allowed us to win.”
Next up — trips to Cincinnati (2-1) next Saturday and to Nebraska (1-3) on Oct. 1.
“It’s good to get this one knowing we have two road games coming up,” Bazelak said. “Cincinnati has an unbelievable atmosphere.
“We’ve got to make it 4-0.”
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – Despite an opening-set victory, a pair of two-point losses in the second and fourth sets was enough to see the Indiana Volleyball team (7-5, 0-0) take a 3-1 defeat to No. 21 Western Kentucky in the final game of the WKU Invitational.
IU held leads late in the second and fourth sets but were unable to close either of them out after dominating the first frame. The No. 21 Hilltoppers were able to shake off that first set to the tune of a 19-25, 26-24, 25-12, 25-23 victory on Saturday afternoon.
Morgan Geddes hit .375 with 13 kills while Mady Saris supplied a near career-high with 17 kills, but it wasn’t enough. The Hoosiers hit just .185 in comparison to Western Kentucky’s .307 on the afternoon.
IU ends the non-conference portion of the schedule with a 7-5 record and will head into conference play next week with a trip to Penn State (Sept. 23) and Maryland (Sept. 25).
SET 1 (Indiana 25, Western Kentucky 19)
• The Hoosiers jumped out to an 8-2 advantage after a kill from Savannah Kjolhede.
• Camryn Haworth’s service ace in the middle of the set put IU up 14-7 and forced the Hilltoppers into a timeout.
• After Western Kentucky closed the gap to one point, IU went on a 4-0 run to take a 22-17 lead late in the opening frame.
• Mady Saris polished off the 25-19 first-set victory with a kill.
SET 2 (Western Kentucky 26, Indiana 24)
• A back-and-forth second set saw IU take a 10-6 lead with a pair of Western Kentucky errors sending the Hilltoppers into a timeout.
• Morgan Geddes had two kills following an IU timeout as the Hoosiers jumped back up to a 21-18 advantage.
• After tying the set at 24-all, Western Kentucky closed out the second frame to win 26-24.
SET 3 (Western Kentucky 25, Indiana 12)
• The Hoosiers jumped out a 7-3 lead with four kills from Mady Saris and a kill from Candela Alonso-Corcelles.
SET 4 (Western Kentucky 25, Indiana 23)
• A back-and-forth second set saw IU take a 10-6 lead with a pair of Western Kentucky errors sending the Hilltoppers into a timeout.
• Back-to-back kills from Mady Saris and Candela Alonso-Corcelles along with a Hilltopper error sent Western Kentucky into a timeout down 14-9.
• Camryn Haworth skipped the set and went for a kill to take a 19-13 lead late in the fourth.
• Despite IU holding a 23-21 lead in the fourth, Western Kentucky would go on to win the set and the match.
• Morgan Geddes tallied 13 kills on a .375 clip.
• Mady Saris added 17 kills with five total blocks for the Hoosiers.
• Savannah Kjolhede had eight total blocks and eight kills while hitting .312.
• Paula Cerame recorded 19 digs.
INDIANA MEN’S SOCCER
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Coming off back-to-back ranked victories, eighth-ranked Indiana men’s soccer (3-1-1) will get yet another chance when it visits No. 22 Ohio State (4-0-2) in its Big Ten Conference opener on Sunday (Sept. 17) at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.
The match will be streamed live on the Big Ten Plus digital platform with kickoff set for 2 p.m. ET.
SETTING THE SCENE
• Indiana is riding a three-match winning streak and is undefeated in four games. In its last two matches, IU has knocked off ranked opponents, No. 9 Akron (2-0) and Butler (2-1).
• Sunday’s match is the Big Ten opener for both teams. Last season, the Hoosiers went 5-3-0 in league play to finish third in the standings.
• Redshirt senior Ryan Wittenbrink has earned seven points in five matches. He scored two goals in two matches to open the season before adding an assist versus Akron. Then, on Wednesday, he had the winning goal at Butler.
ABOUT THE BUCKEYES
• Ohio State comes into the match with an undefeated 4-0-2 record. OSU’s last result was a 3-3 draw with Akron.
• In 2021, Ohio State had a 6-9-1 record with a 2-6-1 conference mark.
• The Buckeyes are led by fifth-year head coach Brian Maisonnueve, who played at IU from 1991-94 and won the Hermann Trophy in his senior season. Maisonnueve has compiled a 21-4-7 record at OSU.
• Indiana has dominated the all-time series with Ohio State, owning a 47-5-4 record against the Buckeyes.
• IU and Ohio State met last season to the tune of a 3-0 IU victory. Five members of the Indiana’s current roster contributed to the scoresheet in that match; Tommy Mihalic and Brett Bebej had goals, while Herbert Endeley, Maouloune Goumballe and Lawson Redmon earned assists. Victor Bezerra, now in Major League Soccer, also scored.
• The Hoosiers have won seven straight against the Buckeyes, outscoring them 20-1 since 2017.
INDIANA WOMEN’S SOCCER
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The Indiana women’s soccer team (2-0-5) opens Big Ten Conference play against the No. 8 Penn State Nittany Lions on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET at Bill Armstrong Stadium.
The match against the Nittany Lions will be broadcasted on BTN+ with Samantha Condra (PxP) and Ryan Canfield (Analyst) on the call and Sideline reports provided by Kate Matthews.
ABOUT THE PANTHERS
• Penn State is led by long-time head coach Erica Dambach is in her 16th season leading the Nittany Lions. In 15 seasons, Dambach has led PSU to a National Championship (2015), 15 NCAA berths, 11 Big Ten Regular season titles and four Big Ten Championships (2008, 15, 17, 19).
• The Nittany Lions hold a record of 5-1-1 going into conference play. They have wins against #21 West Virginia, 2020 NCAA Champions Santa Clara and tied 2-2 against #19 Georgetown.
• Penn State is coming off 10-day break and a two-game winning streak after defeating Liberty 2-1 win on Sept. 8. Senior Cori Dyke netted her first career goal and the game-winning goal against the Flames as she scored off a corner kick from Penelope Hocking in the 82nd minute.
• Redshirt senior forward Ally Schlegel and sophomore defender Mieke Schiemann lead the Nittany Lion’s offense in goals (6) and points (13). Senior defender Kate Wiesner leads the team in assists (4).
• Redshirt senior goalkeeper Katherine Asman has started all seven games tallying 21 saves, five wins and two shutouts. She has played a total of 600:23 minutes, holding a .778 save percentage and .90 goals against average.
• Indiana, under the helm of head coach Erwin van Bennekom, is looking for their first win against Penn State since Nov. 8, 1996, when the Hoosiers won 1-0.
• The Nittany Lions lead the series 28-1-2.
• The last time the two teams met on Oct. 13, 2021, where the Hoosiers fell 3-0 in University Park, Pa.
LAST TIME OUT
• In the first half, junior forward Anna Bennett had a couple of chances outside the 18-yard box, in the 29th minute, but both were saved at bottom center of the goal line.
• Indiana’s best opportunities came late in the second half with a pair of back-to-back shots in the 81st minute.
• The first shot came from sophomore midfielder Sydney Masur as she bounced one off the near post just left of the net.
• Sophomore forward Jordyn Levy was there to clean it up with an open shot but couldn’t get it to go as the Tiger’s defense blocked it.
• Masur had a second opportunity in the 82nd minute, but once again the Memphis defense held a strong front against the Hoosiers.
• This is the first season since 2015 where the Hoosiers have had six draws in a single season.
• Anna Bennett, Paige Webber, Jen Blitchok – vs. Indiana State on Sept. 1.
• Natasha Kim, Jordyn Levy (2), Ava Akeel (2) – vs. Trine on Sept. 14.
• The Hoosiers have shutout six consecutive opponents, extending their scoreless streak to a total of 630 minutes this season.
• This is the second longest consecutive scoreless streak in IU history followed by the 1993 inaugural season where IU shutout eight opponents totaling 720 minutes.
SYRACUSE, N.Y. – A Syracuse touchdown with seven seconds left to play handed Purdue a 32-29 loss in its road opener on Saturday in the JMA Wireless Dome.
The Boilermakers (1-2, 0-1 B10) held a 9-3 lead over the Orange (3-0, 1-0 ACC) at the end of the first half thanks to a Devin Mockobee 15-yard touchdown run and a Mitchell Fineran 41-yard field goal in what looked to be a defensive dogfight. Purdue’s defense held quarterback Garrett Shrader and the Syracuse offense to just 134 total yards and a field goal in the first half of play.
The script would flip in the second half however, as both offenses exploded for a combined 49 points, 42 of which came in the fourth quarter. Purdue quarterback Aidan O’Connell posted season highs in completions and yards as he finished 39-of-55 for 424 yards, three touchdowns and one interception.
A back and forth second half saw the lead change hands on five different occasions. The teams traded touchdowns until O’Connell’s first career pick-six gave the Orange a 25-15 lead with 8:08 left in the game. The Boilermakers would battle right back, as O’Connell found Charlie Jones for a 55-yard bomb to cut the deficit to three before tight end Payne Durham caught his second touchdown of the day to give Purdue a 29-25 lead with just 51 seconds remaining.
Penalties against Purdue aided Syracuse on their final possession as they took five plays to go fifty yards capped off by Shrader finding wide receiver Oronde Gadsden II for a 25-yard touchdown to win the game for the Orange.
O’Connell’s connection with Charlie Jones continues to drive the Boilermaker offense. Jones racked up a career-high 188 yards and added a touchdown to become just the fifth power five player to have 100 yards receiving and a touchdown in his team’s first three games. Two 50-plus yard strikes from O’Connell to Jones sparked Purdue’s fourth quarter comeback bid that ultimately fell short.
Durham also played a big part in the Boilermaker offensive attack against the Orange. The redshirt-senior came up with clutch conversions on multiple occasions and more than doubled his total receptions on the season by hauling in nine for 83 yards and two touchdowns.
Defensive back and New York native Sanoussi Kane led the team in tackles with seven and one for a loss. The Purdue defense produced a season-high seven pass break ups, including a crucial one from linebacker Kydran Jenkins to force a punt late in the fourth that led to Purdue’s final touchdown.
• The all-time series between the two programs is now tied 1-1.
• Purdue is now 5-2 in road openers under Jeff Brohm.
• The Boilermakers were penalized 13 times for 144 yards compared to nine for 74 for the Orange.
• Aidan O’Connell tied Jim Everett for fourth in program history with 10 300-yard passing games and passed Everett for seventh in career completions with 592 during his time at Purdue.
• O’Connell also put up the 31st 30-completion game of his career.
• For the second straight season a Purdue receiver topped 100 yards in three straight games, as Jones finished with 188 yards.
• Durham is now fourth on the career list for touchdown receptions by a tight end, trailing Dave Young (27, 1977-80), Jim Beirne (17, 1965-67), Dustin Keller (16, 2004-07) and Tim Stratton (15, 1998-01).
• Walk-on Redshirt freshman Devin Mockobee put Purdue on the board in the first quarter on a 15-yard, a career-long rush and second score of his career.
The Boilermakers return home next Saturday for the annual Homecoming game for a matchup with Florida Atlantic. It’s another night under the lights of Ross-Ade Stadium with kickoff scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on BTN.
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Boilermaker block shined in Purdue’s 3-0 sweep vs. Ball State (25-11, 25-12, 30-28). The victory, combined with the squad’s 3-0 takedown of Northern Kentucky on Thursday evening, paved the way for Purdue to defend its five-year-long title as Stacey Clark Classic tournament champions, an honor the team has held since the Classic began.
With the result, the Boilermakers close non-conference play with a 9-1 record, marking the most wins in non-conference play since 2018.
Earning Stacey Clark Classic All-Tournament Team accolades are MVP Eva Hudson, Emma Ellis and Madeline Koch. They are joined by Northern Kentucky’s Anna Brinkmann and Reilly Briggs as well as Ball State’s Marie Plitt and Lauren Gilliland.
Purdue totaled 14 stuffs in the win, which included Hudson’s block solo to secure the victory on match point.
Hudson was one dig shy of a double-double, securing 16 kills and nine digs with two aces and four total blocks (1-3). Setter Megan Renner registered 37 assists while adding seven digs and two kills. Meanwhile, Koch was the most efficient Boilermaker of the day with a .417 hitting clip, backed by nine kills and two errors on 17 swings.
Big Ten play is on deck for Purdue, with the Boilermakers opening conference play vs. No. 6 Minnesota next Friday, September 23 at 8 p.m. ET. The match will air on Big Ten Network.
Set One Highlights
Six of the team’s 14 blocks came in Set One
Three boilermakers were errorless: Elllis (3-0-5 for .600%), Hudson (3-0-9 for .333%) and Koch (2-0-3 for .667%)
Set Two Highlights
Ball State went on an 8-0 run to take the lead, 13-10, which they held onto until Purdue went on a 5-0 run to come back and win the set, 25-23
A block assist by Hannah Clayton and Eva Hudson tied up the match, 23-23
Hudson recorded eight kills in the set (8-2-16)
Set Three Highlights
There were 14 tied scores in the final set, including four lead changes
While Ball State proved more efficient in the final set (.222 vs. Purdue’s .204), the Boilermakers out-blocked the Cardinals, 6-0
Maddie Schermerhorn notched eight digs in the set
For the past seven straight years, the Boilermakers have entered Big Ten play with one non-conference loss or fewer.
The 25-11 second set win is the most decisive set victory since 2018 (vs. Tulsa, 8/25).
A sound back row saw 57 receptions over the three sets, allowing just one reception error (.983%), the second time this season Purdue has committed so few.
PURDUE WOMEN’S SOCCER
EVANSTON, Ill. – Big Ten Conference play begins for the Purdue soccer team at No. 18 Northwestern on Sunday, September 18, in Evanston, Illinois.
The conference opener is set for 2 p.m. ET / 1 p.m. CT, at NU’s Lanny and Sharon Martin Stadium.
The match will be broadcast live on B1G+, and live stats are available at NUSports.com. Updates from Evanston 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.
Purdue will play its third top-25 opponent of the season and second ranked foe in as many matches. The Boilermakers begin Big Ten competition after they earned a second-place showing in the conference in 2021, tied for their best finish in program history.
On the road to commence Big Ten play for the third consecutive year, the Boilermakers are coming off a nine-day break. Purdue is 3-4-0 following a 3-1 loss to No. 9 Notre Dame on September 8. Against top-25 foes, the Old Gold and Black are 1-1-0, with a 3-0 win over No. 15 USC on opening night to go along with the ND defeat. The Boilermakers are 1-2-0 away from home.
The Wildcats own a 6-1-1 record after a 1-0 victory against Butler on September 11, which extended their win streak to four. NU is ranked No. 18 in the United Soccer Coaches Poll.
Through six games, the Boilermakers lead the Big Ten with 5.43 saves per game. They are sixth with a .492 shot accuracy and seventh with 11 total assists. Purdue has scored nine goals and recorded 29 points on 63 shots, 31 on target. The Boilermakers have allowed nine goals.
Individually, sophomore goalkeeper Sara Kile is No. 22 nationally and No. 1 in the Big Ten with 6.17 saves per game, and she also leads the league with 37 saves and is sixth with a .822 save percentage. Sophomore forward Gracie Dunaway is seventh in the conference with four goals and junior midfielder Emily Mathews ranks No. 7 in the Big Ten with three assists. Dunaway has a team-best 10 points, while freshman forward Kayla Budish paces the team with 16 shots, eight on goal.
SERIES HISTORY VS. NORTHWESTERN
Purdue is 17-7-1 all-time against Northwestern and 6-4-2 in Evanston. The Boilermakers are unbeaten in the last four regular-season matchups, including a 1-0 home victory in 2021 and a scoreless draw on the road in 2019.
A year ago, Purdue clinched its second-place Big Ten finish with a 1-0 victory over NU on October 21 at Folk Field. Forward Sydney Duarte scored her first career game-winning goal in the 16th minute as Emily Mathews and Gracie Dunaway registered assists.
A complete recap from the match is available at PurdueSports.com/Soccer.
SCOUTING THE WILDCATS
Northwestern is 6-1-1 on the season and 4-0-0 at home. The Wildcats have won four in a row and are unbeaten in their last six. The run includes back-to-back ranked victories, 2-0 over No. 19 Xavier on September 4 and 1-0 against No. 6 Stanford on September 8. NU’s lone loss was a 1-0 defeat at Kansas on August 21.
Statistically, NU is No. 10 in the country with a 0.375 goals-against average and No. 25 with a .625 shutout percentage. The Wildcats are third in the Big Ten with 18 assists and 7.25 shots on goal per game, while they are fourth with 56 points and fifth with 14 goals. Individually, Josie Aulicino is No. 6 in the NCAA with a .750 shot accuracy and No. 11 with five assists. Mia Raben’s 0.250 goals-against-average is No. 9 nationally, while her 917 save percentage is No. 12.
LAST TIME OUT: NON-CONFERENCE FINALE
In a closely-contested match, Purdue lost to No. 9 Notre Dame, 3-1, on September 8. The Boilermakers and Fighting Irish played a scoreless first half, with multiple chances for both teams, before UND scored two quick goals in the 59th minute. Purdue answered right back three minutes later on freshman forward Kayla Budish’s first career goal in the 62nd minute to make it a 2-1 game. However, the home side could not find the equalizer, and Notre Dame added its third goal with seven minutes left.
Budish’s goal was just the second allowed by UND at the time. Purdue had six shots, tied for second-most allowed by Notre Dame at that point, and three shots on goal, tied for the most the Fighting Irish had allowed in a game in 2022. Both teams had three corners, the fewest Notre Dame had earned in a contest and the most it had allowed. The Fighting Irish had 29 shots, though they were held to seven shots on target, their fewest.
Budish had five of Purdue’s six shots and all three of the team’s shots on goal. Senior forward Gabby Hollar came off the bench and also registered a shot. Sophomore goalkeeper Sara Kile made four saves and her UND counterpart stopped two shots.
A complete recap can be found at PurdueSports.com/Soccer.
UP NEXT: BACK AT FOLK FIELD
Purdue returns home to host Wisconsin in a nationally-televised contest on ESPNU on Thursday, September 22, at 5 p.m. ET. It is $2 beer night, and admission is free for all fans to every regular-season home game at Folk Field in 2022.
BROOKINGS, S.D. — #3 South Dakota State handed Butler their first loss of the season under the lights at Dana J. Dykhouse Stadium on Saturday night in front of 16,414 fans. The 45-17 result moved each team’s overall record to 2-1.
Luke Wooten scored the first TD of his Butler career against the Jackrabbits on a 56-yard pass from Bret Bushka in the first quarter to tie the game at 7-7 with 7:49 on the game clock. The six-play drive covered 75 yards in just 3:17.
Butler’s second touchdown of the game came on another six-play drive. Bret Bushka found the end zone for the Bulldogs on a two-yard TD run. Before the fourth quarter TD, BU was able to add points off the leg of Luka Zurak. The redshirt-senior remained perfect on the year by connecting on a 33-yard attempt.
SDSU scored 14 points in the first, second and fourth quarters to come out on top. Mark Gronowki was fantastic under center for the Jackrabbits throwing for three touchdowns. The QB also opened up the scoring on Saturday night with a 1-yard TD run.
The three SDSU TD passes went to three different receivers. Jadon Janke had the most complete game of any player with five grabs for 87 yards and a score. On the ground, Isaiah Davis took 11 handoffs to gain 74 yards. Amar Johnson and Rudy Voss would also add rushing TD’s for the home team.
On defense, Butler was led by cornerback Will Mason and his team-high eight tackles. Nick Bafia was also credited with six stops for the ‘Dawgs.
Butler’s bye week falls on September 24th giving the Bulldogs two weeks to prep for their 2022 PFL opener at Davidson on Oct. 1. Kick-off is set for 1 PM.
BUTLER MEN’S SOCCER
INDIANAPOLIS – The Butler men’s soccer team hosted its BIG EAST opener and used a late goal to tie DePaul. The Blue Demons (2-1-3, 0-0-1 BIG EAST) scored one in the first half off a corner, and the Bulldogs (3-2-1, 0-0-1 BIG EAST) responded with the equalizer with just over four minutes on the clock.
18′ | DePaul’s Omar Ramadan hits a corner kick that is headed directly into the net by Michael Anderson. The Blue Demons take an early, 1-0, lead.
86′ | Tommy Visser played a short pass toward the center of the field and found Jack Streberger, about 22 yards out. Streberger sent a rocket into the right side of the net to level the score, 1-1.
89′ | DJ Hooks hits a hard shot the strikes the right post but deflects out of play.
Butler Points Summary
GOALS: Jack Streberger
ASSISTS: Tommy Visser
Jack Streberger’s goal was his first the season and the third of his career.
Tommy Visser’s assist was his second of the season and the sixth of his career.
Butler outshot DePaul, 14-8, but the two teams combined for only five shots on goal.
INDIANAPOLIS – The Butler volleyball team moved to 6-6 overall after taking a 3-0 loss (14-25, 16-25, 18-25) to Central Michigan in the final match of the 2022 Bulldog Brawl. With the victory, the Chippewas improve to 7-4.
Kaylee Cox – OH, Missouri
Phyona Schrader – S, Notre Dame
Sam Steele – L, Ohio
Elly Medendorp – MB, Central Michigan
Mariah Grunze – OH, Butler
SET 1: Central Michigan 25-14
Central Michigan raced out to a 6-1 lead in the opening set and would cruise to the finish line with a 25-14 win. Mariah Grunze was the top option for the BU attack. She led all Bulldogs with five kills. CMU went to Natalia Rejment early and often in the opener and she responded with five kills on just six attempts.
SET 2: Central Michigan 25-16
Set two was much closer with the two teams moving even at 10-10. A 6-0 CMU scoring run would be the difference in this one giving the visitor’s a 16-10 cushion. The Chippewas never gave up the lead after the scoring spree and would go up 2-0 on Butler behind four kills from Anna Erickson.
SET 3: Central Michigan 25-18
Rejment ended the match the same way she started and guided CMU to a win with four kills in the third set. Claire Ammeraal also influenced the action with nine assists and seven digs. The Bulldogs were right where they wanted to be at 9-9, but moments later CMU would pull ahead 17-11. Rylie Tam was the bright spot for BU in the finale with four kills on just seven attempts.
STAT OF THE MATCH
Jenna Splitt led Butler with two service aces.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
– Mariah Grunze paced the BU attack with eight kills while adding five digs
– Jaymeson Kinley recorded a match-high 15 digs vs. CMU
– Marisa Guisti, Rylie Tam and Amina Shackelford all had five kills Saturday night
– Cora Taylor led BU with 14 assists
– Guisti played well at the net with three blocks
Butler will begin BIG EAST action next Friday, Sept. 23 with an 8 PM match at DePaul. BU will stay on the road to face #19 Marquette the following day at 7 PM.
PEORIA, Ill. – The IUPUI volleyball team closed out the CEFCU Classic with two games on Saturday. The Jags fell to Western Michigan in straight sets, 3-0, then defeated host team Bradley in a five-set thriller, 3-2.
In match one the Jags faced Western Michigan (8-4) and fell in straight sets, 25-17, 25-15, 25-14. Senior Allie Pogue led the attack with 11 kills, hitting .214 percentage. Addie Evans and Brooke Phillips each collected 13 digs while Darragh Dixon earned 16 assists followed by Sidney Veatch with 12.
Western Michigan out hit the Jags with a .252 percentage compared to IUPUI’s .072.
The Jags defeated Bradley (4-8) in a five-set back-and-forth battle, 3-2. Although IUPUI outhit the Braves in set one .375 to .333, Bradley barely outscored IUPUI, 28-26. The Jags evened things up at one set a piece with a second set victory, 25-23.
The Braves retook the lead after a third set win, outhitting the Jags .189 to .098 but IUPUI regrouped and took the fourth (25-20) and fifth sets (15-12) to seal the five-set victory.
Pogue led the Jags in hitting percentage hitting .308 with 16 kills while sophomore Briana Brown followed closely hitting .246 with a team-high 21 points. Emily Alan totaled 13 kills.
Evans once again led the defense with 20 digs followed by Phillips with 14 and Dixon and Emma Ashcraft with 11 each. Dixon earned 29 assists while Veatch collected 27.
Pogue was named to the All-Tournament team and the Jags finished the CEFCU Classic 2-1 to improve to 6-6 on the season. IUPUI will return to Indy for the Horizon League opener at home on Tuesday, Sept. 20 at 6:00 PM.
BALL STATE FOOTBALL
MUNCIE, Ind. – From the opening kickoff to the final whistle, Ball State dominated Murray State, winning by a final score of 31-0 Saturday afternoon at Scheumann Stadium.
It marks the first shutout for the Cardinals (1-2) since also winning 31-0 vs. Toledo on Oct. 4, 2008.
“Great win,” head coach Mike Neu said. “I’m obviously proud of our football team to get a win and a shutout. I’m really proud of the effort of our defense overall for four quarters.
“It’s a great win for us. We’re going to enjoy it. We have some things that we’re going to clean up, but there are lot of things to build on. We’re just going to keep trying to get better.”
Ball State’s defense limited Murray State (0-3) to just 155 yards on 53 plays, forced three turnovers and held the Racers to go just 3-of-14 on third down.
Of Murray State’s 53 plays, only nine came in Ball State’s side of the field with four coming on one drive in the second quarter and four more off a Cardinal turnover.
Nic Jones provided three of the biggest plays on the afternoon after picking off two passes and blocking a punt.
Sidney Houston Jr. and Joshua Tarango led the defense with seven tackles apiece. Clayton Coll contributed six and Malcolm Lee and Cole Pearce chipped in with four each.
Offensively, Ball State racked up 476 total yards, led by Carson Steele’s 141 rushing yards. John Paddock went 27-of-44 with 227 yards and three touchdowns through the air. In total, 10 different players caught a pass, guided by Jayshon Jackson and Tanner Koziol, who each hauled in six passes and a touchdown.
The Cardinals scored a touchdown in all four quarters and got started with Brady Hunt’s first career score from 13 yards out on their first drive of the game.
Fellow tight end Tanner Koziol recorded his second touchdown of the season on an 18-yard pass from Paddock to give Ball State a 14-0 lead heading into the locker room.
The Cardinals broke it open in the third with a pair of scoring drives that went 75-plus yards. Paddock found Jackson from 14 yards out and Ben VonGunten chipped in a 27-yard field goal to remain perfect on the season to make it 24-0.
Steele punched it in from one yard out early in the fourth to complete the rout, 31-0.
Ball State welcomed its largest crowd of the season for Family Weekend with an attendance of 14,413.
“Thank you to the crowd,” Neu added. “What a great setting at Scheumann Stadium. We’re very appreciative of that. When you looked at the home stands, it was full. The student section was full. The band was awesome, especially on third down.”
The Cardinals hit the road for their next game at Georgia Southern, Sept. 24. Ball State returns home Oct. 1 for a Mid-American Conference showdown with Northern Illinois.
BALL STATE VOLLEYBALL
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – – Despite limiting tenth-ranked Purdue to its second-lowest attack percentage of the season, the Ball State women’s volleyball team suffered a 3-0 (25-11, 25-23, 30-28) setback Saturday afternoon at Holloway Gymnasium.
The Cardinals (8-4) held one of the nation’s best attacking teams to a .198 (45-21-121) rate of success in the match. The Boilermakers (9-1) entered the Stacey Clark Classic ranked 13th nationally with a .291 attack percentage.
Unfortunately, the Cardinals were never able to find a rhythm of their own on the offensive front as Purdue tallied 14.0 total blocks and limited BSU to a season-low .077 (32-23-117) rate of success.
However, there were some bright spots for the Ball State offense, with senior middle Marie Plitt pacing the squad with eight kills and leading all players with a .467 (8-1-15) hitting mark.
Junior middle Lauren Gilliland was not far behind, as she smashed seven kills and connected at a .286 (7-1-21) clip. For their play at the event, both Plitt and Gilliland were named to the all-tournament team.
In the backcourt, senior libero Havyn Gates led the Cardinals with 14 digs, while senior outside Natalie Risi was second with 10. Risi also served up BSU’s lone ace and had the team’s only solo block.
Eva Hudson led the Purdue attack with 16 kills, while Boilermaker libero Maddie Schermerhorn collected a match-high 17 digs. Raven Colvin led Purdue at the net with seven total blocks.
With its pre-conference slate complete, the Ball State women’s volleyball team now turns its attention to Mid-American Conference play, with the team traveling to Central Michigan for a pair of matches. BSU and CMU will square off at 6 p.m. Friday and 4 p.m. Saturday at McGuirk Arena.
NOTRE DAME FOOTBALL
An unflappable mindset.
Oh, and a couple of those things for which Notre Dame typically has and insists it will be known: effective, at times dominant, play from the offensive line and wholly disruptive play from the Irish’s defensive front.
The result? The first victory of the fledgling Marcus Freeman era here beneath the Golden Dome, where the Irish rallied in the second half and withstood the visiting Golden Bears’ desperation heave into the end zone as time expired for an 24-17 triumph in this sold-out, ‘For The Irish’ green Saturday matinee.
In an item we’ll bring you after each Notre Dame contest, here’s the 4-1-1 on Notre Dame’s much-needed win Saturday before a capacity crowd inside Notre Dame Stadium.
FOUR ELEMENTS THAT DEFINED THE FIGHTING IRISH’S CAPTIVATING WIN INSIDE NOTRE DAME STADIUM
SIX. Still seeking its first forced turnover of this season, Notre Dame capitalized on what was by far the Irish defense’s most effective, oftentimes-suffocating pressure. In fact, Notre Dame recorded both six sacks and an additional six quarterback hurries; collectively, the unit had eight tackles-for-losses (TFLs). Perhaps no one was more effective than Isaiah Foskey, who recorded two TFLs, 1.5 sacks, and then two hurries. He finished with five tackles.
CLOSER TO DICTATING PACE, TEMPO: The Fighting Irish had struggled in each of their first two games to control time of possession and sustain drives, particularly in the second halves of contests. In setting the tone for how this contest would be decided in the second half, Notre Dame’s offense possessed the ball for 17 minutes, 4 seconds across the third and fourth quarters. The Irish amassed 188 of their 297 yards’ offense in the second half.
PYNE SHYNES: For his first career start, Drew Pyne overcame a first-half turnover and merely executed a 17-for-23 passing day for 150 yards, two touchdowns and officially six rushing attempts that included a long of 13, as offensive coordinator Tommy Rees helped Pyne and the offense settle into a second-half rhythm.
TAKEAWAYS … TAKEN AWAY: Not once but twice Notre Dame appeared to polish off the Bears with decisive turnovers, including what would have been a punctuating scoop-and-score fumble return from TaRiq Bracy after earlier Clarence Lewis had seen his apparent game-ending interception negated by a targeting penalty on an Irish linebacker. Still, Freeman praised the want-to of the group to secure turnovers and the first-year head coach noted postgame that he witnessed a much greater intentionality from the defense to try and dislodge the football from the Bears.
ONE THING TO NOTE
Chris Tyree got untracked for the Irish, as the dynamic third-year back accumulated 108 yards from scrimmage on 22 touches; Tyree rushed 17 times and caught a team-best five passes. Though his longest rush covered just 10 yards, Tyree moved the sticks on a 21-yard reception out of the backfield while he and Audric Estime combined to average 4 yards per carry on their 35 joint rushing attempts.
Tyree was one of six players to record a reception from Pyne on the afternoon.
ONE THING PIVOTING FORWARD
Marcus Freeman didn’t present a game ball, and it’s not an item that will be a staple of his program. He said it was far more important for this moment to be collectively celebrated by all, after so much time and so many people had invested to help Notre Dame get to this point – its first win since at Stanford on Nov. 27, 2021.
Though there wasn’t a game-ball presentation, Freeman did ask Drew Pyne to address his teammates in the post-game locker room scene and he discharged a stirring, passionate message to his coaches and peers.
NOTRE DAME VOLLEYBALL
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Notre Dame women’s volleyball finished with a complete sweep of the Bulldog Brawl as they defeated Ohio University in four sets (25-23, 23-25, 25-21, 25-15) on Saturday, Sept. 17. The Irish advance to 5-5 on the season as they head into ACC play starting this upcoming Friday, Sept. 23.
The Irish were led by Lucy Trump with 13 kills, followed by Lauren Tarnoff with 10 kills and Kaylyn Winkler with nine kills. Setter Phyona Schrader dished out 35 assists for the Irish and finished with 17 digs and eight kills.
It was a close race for the lead as both the Irish and Bobcats struggled to pull away from the other. Tied at 9-9, the Irish began to separate themselves as they took the lead 17-12. Ohio brought it within two at 20-18, and with two back-to-back errors from OU, the Irish took the 22-18 advantage. Ohio tied it up at 22-22, but Notre Dame responded with kills from Trump and Claire Delaplane. Winkler sent home the final kill of the set to give Notre Dame set one 25-23.
Notre Dame claimed the early 8-1 lead to start set two, but the Bobcats’ persistent efforts allowed them right back in the game as they went on a 9-2 run to make it an even 10-10. The set was tied again 19-19, 20-20, and 21-21, before the Bobcats took the lead at 23-21. Two kills from Avery Ross brought the Irish within one at 24-23, but Ohio claimed set two as they put away a kill to make it 25-23.
The Irish came out strong to start the third, posting a 10-6 lead after falling in the second set. Ohio responded with an 8-4 run to tie it up at 14-14. Swapping points, it was an even 17-17 before the Irish went on an 8-4 run of their own as they took down the Bobcats 25-21, with the final kill coming from Tarnoff.
Notre Dame struggled to slow down the Ohio offense as the Bobcats established an early lead at 7-4. Hungry for the win, the Irish were relentless in their efforts to take home set four. Notre Dame went on a 10-2 run to take the lead 14-9. Kills from Trump and Winkler, coupled with a big-time block from Delaplane and Tarnoff, allowed the Irish to extend their lead to 17-10. The Irish would only give up five more points the rest of the set to take home the final set 25-15 and finish the weekend 2-0.
The Irish start ACC play this upcoming weekend as Notre Dame takes on Florida State on Sept. 23 and Miami on Sept. 25 before finally taking the floor at home on Sept. 30 against Georgia Tech.
INDIANA STATE FOOTBALL
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Montana pulled away from Indiana State in the second half as the Sycamores were unable to keep pace in falling to the No. 2/3 Grizzlies at Memorial Stadium on Saturday afternoon, 42-14.
The Sycamores (1-2) kept the game close throughout the first half thanks to a strong ground game paced by Justin Dinka’s 96 rushing yards at the break. The redshirt sophomore added a career-best 54-yard rushing touchdown on the Sycamores’ second drive to tie the game up at 7-7.
Montana (3-0) was able to bottle up the Indiana State run game in the second half and quarterback Lucas Johnson accounted for four touchdowns (three passing, one rushing) in leading a relentless Grizzly offense. Montana finished with 406 yards of total offense, 336 through the air, in the win.
Dinka paced the Indiana State offense on the game as the Flower Mound, Texas native posted career-highs in both carries (20) and yards (87) in the loss. Dawson Basinger added eight carries for 25 yards in his first extended action of the fall.
Gavin Screws went 11-for-22 through the air for 115 yards in the Sycamore loss. His favorite targets on the afternoon included Dante Hendrix (3 catches, 36 yards), Harry Van Dyne (3 catches, 27 yards), and Kevin Barnett (3 catches, 20 yards).
Five different Sycamores finished with five tackles in the game to highlight a complete team effort on the defensive side of the ball. Johnathan Edwards led the way with five solo stops and a pass breakup, while Michael Lufile and Micah Hauser both added a career-high five tackles. Maddix Blackwell added a sack and a forced fumble that led to a 15-yard scoop-and-score from Lucas Hunter.
Johnson paced a Montana offense that took to the air early and often in the win. The quarterback went 18-for-30 for 232 yards and a trio of touchdowns to Cole Grossman, Keelan White, and Ryan Simpson. Aaron Fontes led the way with eight catches for 93 yards to pace nine different Griz receivers that recorded a catch.
Robby Hauck led all players on the day with 11 tackles and added a pass breakup in the win. Linebacker Patrick O’Connell added nine tackles, 2.5 sacks, and 3.0 tackles for loss, as well as a forced fumble that led directly to Montana’s first points in the game.
How They Scored
A strip sack from Montana’s Patrick O’Connell results in a Grizzlies touchdown as Kale Edwards scooped up the loose ball at the Indiana State 48 and took it into the end zone at the 11:05 mark to give Montana the early 7-0 lead.
The Sycamores answered on the ensuing drive as Justin Dinka took the handoff and went untouched through the right side of the line for the 54-yard touchdown run at the 10:51 mark to tie the game up at 7-7.
Montana dove into their playbook to retake the lead at the 8:13 mark in the first quarter as Junior Bergen took the backwards pass and found Malik Flowers for the 27-yard touchdown pass to cap a 6-play, 75-yard drive highlighted by a 26-yard completion from Lucas Johnson to Mitch Roberts on 3rd-and-16.
Montana added to their lead with 3:11 left in the first half as Johnson found Cole Grossman for the 18-yard touchdown pass down the left sideline to cap an 11-play, 89-yard drive.
The Grizzlies scored on their first drive of the second half as Johnson found Keelan White over the middle of the field for the eight-yard touchdown pass to put Montana up 28-7 with 12:50 remaining in the third quarter.
Johnson called his own number on the one-yard quarterback keeper to put Montana ahead 35-7 with 9:43 to play in the third. The keeper capped a 7-play, 49-yard drive.
Johnson posted his third touchdown pass of the contest with an 11-yard pass to Ryan Simpson to put Montana up 42-7 with 14:55 remaining in the fourth quarter to cap a 12-play, 52-yard drive.
Maddix Blackwell came through the backfield on the blitz and stripped Montana QB Kris Brown right to Lucas Hunter and the Sycamore defensive lineman rumbled for the 15-yard scoop-and-score to cut the Montana lead down to 42-14 with 8:33 to play in the contest.
Montana’s Colter Janacaro scored on the two-yard touchdown plunge with 1:36 remaining in the fourth quarter to cap the scoring at 49-14.
Inside the Numbers
Indiana State finished the contest with 219 total offensive yards in the game, including 101 rushing yards.
The Sycamores posted 14 first downs and went 5-of-18 on third down conversions
Indiana State won the time of possession battle holding onto the ball for 31:09 to 28:51 in the contest.
Both teams scored on a fumble return in the contest.
Montana finished the game with 406 total offensive yards, including 336 passing yards.
The Grizzlies posted 28 total first downs in the game and held onto the ball for 18:17 in the second half.
News & Notes
Indiana State running back Justin Dinka set career-highs in rushing attempts (20) and rushing yards (87), while scoring his first collegiate touchdown with the Sycamores in Saturday’s contest.
Redshirt senior wide receiver Dante Hendrix added to his catch streak with three catches for 36 yards. The streak extended to 29 consecutive games with a grab dating back to the 2018 season.
Gianini Belizaire and Maddix Blackwell both recorded sacks in the game giving Indiana State 10.0 sacks at home in the 2022 season. Blackwell’s sack was the first of his career.
Lucas Hunter scored his first touchdown at Indiana State as the junior scooped and scored on the 15-yard fumble recovery in the fourth quarter. It was ISU’s first defensive touchdown of the season and first since Hunter Lunsford scored on a five-yard recovery against Eastern Kentucky back on Sept. 18, 2021.
Kale Edwards’ 20-yard fumble recovery for a score was the first time Indiana State had allowed a fumble recovery for a touchdown since 2012 when Western Illinois’ David McDaniel recovered the ball in the end zone in ISU’s 23-7 win over the Leathernecks.
Anthony Beacom connected on a season-best 65-yard punt in the fourth quarter. It marked Indiana State’s longest punt since October 21, 2017 when Thomas Bouldin connected on a 90-yard attempt against Southern Illinois.
The Sycamores fall to 0-1 all-time against the Big Sky Conference in their first foray into the MVFC-Big Sky Challenge.
Indiana State heads into the bye week this upcoming week before returning to the road on Saturday, October 1 with the start of Missouri Valley Football play. The Sycamores travel to Cedar Falls, Iowa and the UNI Dome for a conference matchup kicking off at 5 p.m. ET. The game is set to be carried live on ESPN+ and 105.5 The Legend.
PURDUE FT. WAYNE MEN’S SOCCER
HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. – Northern Kentucky defeated Purdue Fort Wayne 3-0 in a Horizon League men’s soccer contest on Saturday (Sept. 17) evening.
The Norse scored a pair of goals in the first half. Both goals came off long passes played from beyond the midfield stripe. Deryn Armstrong had a goal in the 22nd minute assisted by Ryan Godding. Then in the 44th minute, Brodie Sallows scored off a pass from Christian Sjølander.
Northern Kentucky’s Ben Hegge scored off a corner kick in the 76th minute to round out the scoring.
Nathaniel Edwards finished with a pair of shots for the ‘Dons. Luke Benford hit the post for the ‘Dons in the first half.
The Norse improve to 3-4-0 (1-1-0 Horizon League). The ‘Dons fall to 1-4-2 (0-1-1 Horizon League). The Mastodons jump back into non-league play on Tuesday with a contest at Bellarmine.
PURDUE FT. WAYNE VOLLEYBALL
TOLEDO, Ohio – Rachael Crucis recorded 19 digs in Purdue Fort Wayne’s 25-15, 25-20, 25-23 loss at Toledo on Saturday (Sept. 17) afternoon.
The Rockets took set one by 10 points. Crucis had four digs in the frame.
The ‘Dons called time trailing 10-6 in set two and responded by tying the game at 10. Iris Riegel had three kills in the 4-0 push. The Mastodons held a 15-13 lead before Toledo rallied back to win the set.
Set three was tight throughout. The ‘Dons were up 19-17 and 23-21 prior to the Rockets responding to finish the match in three. Purdue Fort Wayne had all three of their services aces in the final set with LonDynn Betts recording two.
Crucis had an ace to go with her 19 digs. Riegel finished with a team-high 11 kills. Sidney Schiller totaled seven kills.
Toledo improves to 7-4. The ‘Dons fall to 4-7.
Purdue Fort Wayne opens league play on Tuesday when Milwaukee comes to the Summit City. It will be a 6 p.m. first serve.
EVANSVILLE MEN’S SOCCER
EVANSVILLE – Opening Missouri Valley Conference play, the University of Evansville men’s soccer tapped into a familiar gameplan en route to a 2-0 win over SIUE on Saturday night at Arad McCutchan Stadium in Evansville.
Sophomore forward Nacho Diaz continued his tear of a first collegiate season in the US, scoring twice in the win for his fifth and sixth goals of the season. Diaz’s six goals on the year are already the most by an Ace in a season since Ian McGrath scored 12 during the 2017 season. In goal, graduate keeper Alex Vidizzoni tallied his third-straight clean sheet and his fourth of the season, pushing his shutout streak to 307 minutes, dating back to a 53rd minute goal by IUPUI on August 28th.
Diaz proved to be much of the Aces attack on the night, not just in terms of goals, but also in opportunities. The Almeria, Spain native finished the match with six shots with five coming in the opening 45 minutes. Diaz nearly opened the scoring in the first minute, but Diaz had his close-range shot saved by the Cougars. The sophomore would eventually get the breakthrough in the 33rd minute setup by a perfect ball from senior Carlos Barcia. The long range pass over the top was chested down by senior Nkosi Graham as the ball bounced into the box and Diaz quickly slipped it left of the keeper into the back of the net.
In the second half, it was Graham and Diaz again getting in on the attack to double Evansville’s lead. Graham clipped a ball down the right side to junior Tobias Bak, who whipped a ball into the box. Lurking just behind the Cougars backline, Diaz snuck his way into the six-yard box and headed the ball past the keeper for the brace, recording multiple goals for the second time this season. The Aces defense was stifling much of the night, but especially in the final half hour of play. After SIUE recorded six shots in the opening hour of play, Evansville did not allow the Cougars to record a shot in the final 27 minutes of the match as UE earned the 2-0 win.
Evansville faces a quick turnaround as the Aces close their three-match homestand on Tuesday night against 24th-ranked Xavier at 6 PM at Arad McCutchan Stadium in Evansville.
EAST LANSING, Mich. – Saturday’s final day of the Green & White Classic saw the University of Evansville volleyball team drop a hard-fought 5-set match over Oakland before putting up a fight against Michigan State in the finale.
Match 1 – Oakland 3, UE 2
Sophomore Giulia Cardona recorded 22 kills while Madisyn Steele and Alondra Vazquez added 15 and 12, respectively, in a 5-set contest against Oakland. Steele hit .387 while setting her career mark with the 15 kills. Kora Ruff had 45 assists while Cardona led the way with 17 digs. Steele and Cardona added two block assists apiece
Set 1 – UE 25, OU 20
Both squads battled back and forth in the opening moments before Giulia Cardona recorded three service aces in a row to cap off a 5-0 run that turned a 6-6 tie into an 11-6 lead. Oakland worked its way back, cutting the deficit to just two points at 20-18.
Madisyn Steele recorded a kill to push the lead back to three and her point swung the momentum back in the Aces favor as they picked up a 25-20 win.
Set 2 – OU 25, UE 15
Oakland took control early in the second set, jumping out to a 9-2 lead. The Grizzlies lead reached double digits for the first time at 17-7 and the Aces were unable to overcome the deficit with Oakland knotting the match with a 25-15 decision.
Set 3 – OU 25, UE 18
Early in the set, Alondra Vazquez registered a kill that knotted things up at 7-7. Three points in a row by Oakland turned into a larger run as they scored 10 of the next 12 points to go up 17-9. Trailing by an 18-10 score, the Purple Aces refused to give up. The defense forced three consecutive errors while Steele posted a pair of kills to cut the deficit to three – 19-16. Cardona capped it off with another ace to close the gap.
Just when UE looked to make its way back, the Grizzlies countered with three in a row before taking a 25-18 win to earn a 2-1 match lead.
Set 4 – UE 27, OU 25
Another quick start by Oakland gave them a 4-1 advantage before Evansville rallied to tie it up for the first time at 6-6. With the score knotted at 10-10, UE scored three in a row to take their largest edge of the frame. OU stormed back to tie it at 14-14, but UE countered with a 4-0 stretch that included an ace from Laura Ruiz.
UE continued to hold the lead, going up 23-20, but things were far from over. Oakland fought back once again with three in a row to tie it up. As the set moved to extra points, UE never let Oakland take a lead and the work would pay off in the form of a 27-25 win to force a decisive fifth set.
Set 5 – OU 17, UE 15
It was another close game in the fifth. Oakland took multiple leads, but the Aces answered each time. The largest edge for OU came when they matched their 3-point lead at 14-11. Down to its final point, the Aces rallied. Two kills from Steele, combined with a Ruiz service ace tied it up.
Vazquez added a kill that gave Evansville match point at 15-14, but the Grizzlies had the final answer, scoring the final three points to clinch the win.
Match 2 – Michigan State 3, UE 0
Hannah Watkins recorded seven kills while Giulia Cardona led the Purple Aces with 11 in the weekend finale against Michigan State. Blakeley Freeman paced the team with 8 digs while Kora Ruff added 25 assists.
Set 1 – MSU 25, UE 19
Evansville got into an early hole in the opening frame with the Spartans scoring the first four points before going up 10-2. MSU made it a 10-point game at 16-6 before taking it largest lead at 21-10.
The Aces chipped away at the deficit with Hannah Watkins coming up big down the stretch. Three consecutive kills helped UE get within five at 24-19 before the Spartans scored the decisive point to take game one.
Set 2 – MSU 25, UE 17
A much better start for UE saw them go up 5-3 with Cardona picking up an early kill. Michigan State came back to jump in front at 8-7 before the teams swapped the lead multiple times before UE turned an 11-11 tie into a 13-11 lead.
The Spartans worked their way back and utilized a 4-0 stretch to take the lead for good. The run gave them a 16-14 edge and after UE ended the run, they scored five more to extend the lead. What turned out to be a 9-1 run saw MSU go up 21-16 before taking the set, 25-17.
Set 3 – MSU 25, UE 13
After Michigan State took an 8-3 lead to open the set, Evansville stormed back with five in a row to tie it up. Maddie Hawkins had an ace while Madisyn Steele picked up a kill. As fast as UE came back, the Spartans had an answer of their own. Following a Kora Ruff kill that made it a 10-9 game in favor of MSU, the Spartans hit on all cylinders, scoring the next 13 points before winning by a 25-13 final.
UE opens MVC action on Friday against Illinois State inside Meeks Family Fieldhouse.
SOUTHERN INDIANA VOLLEYBALL
DEKALB, Ill. – Junior outside hitter Leah Anderson (Bloomington, Illinois) made history Saturday afternoon at Victor E. Court when she became the 15th player in program history to accumulate 1,000 career kills. Anderson’s feat, however, was not enough as the University of Southern Indiana (0-11, 0-0 OVC) capped off non-conference play with a 3-0 loss (15-25, 21-25, 22-25) to Northern Illinois University (7-3).
The Eagles could not control the Huskies’ powerful attackers, falling 25-15 in the opening frame. USI began the set with big kills from sophomore middle hitter Paris Downing (Avon, Indiana) and sophomore outside hitter Abby Weber (Fishers, Indiana) to make it 3-2. NIU retaliated by going on a 7-2 run that resulted in a 9-5 USI deficit. After the Eagles cut the gap to just two, the Huskies went on a 6-0 surge from six straight kills. Down 18-10, USI got back into the game with kills from Weber and sophomore outside/right side hitter Abby Bednar (Chagrin Falls, Ohio) that pull the Eagles within six, but it was too late as the Huskies tallied six of the final eight points to claim a 1-0 match lead. As a team, USI had eight kills compared to NIU’s 18 kills.
Despite a valiant comeback, the Eagles watched the second set slip out of reach as the Huskies claimed the 25-21 victory. The frame kicked off with a 5-1 gap in NIU’s favor where USI’s sole point came from an Anderson kill. With the score at 10-6, Anderson was able to strike down her third kill to claim the 1,000-kills title and etch her name into USI history. This milestone would later spark the Eagles’ offense as USI went on a 5-0 run to make it a 17-16 game. After kills from Bednar and Downing, the Eagles had tied it at 20 apiece until the Huskies tallied five of the final six points to claim the second set win. Anderson finished the set with five of USI’s 12 kills while the team ended the frame with a .241 hitting percentage and two aces. NIU recorded a match-high .519 attacking percentage in the second frame with 16 kills and two attack errors off 27 attempts.
Another early NIU run proved costly for USI, as the Eagles lost the final set, 25-22. The Huskies started the frame with a commanding 7-3 lead until stormed back to tie it at 11 apiece. Sophomore setter Carly Sobieralski (Indianapolis, Indiana) played a big part in the comeback, earning a service ace that switched the momentum. NIU turned the tables by going on a short 4-0 trip to make it 15-11. A Weber kill and an ace from junior libero/defensive specialist Audrey Crowder (Avon, Indiana) cut the deficit in half before the Huskies struck back with a 6-1 surge that made it 21-14. The Eagles did not falter, earning seven of the next eight points to make it a one-point game. Weber and freshman libero/defensive specialist Keira Moore (Newburgh, Indiana) each earned an ace while Anderson and Weber tallied one kill each during the stretch. NIU would hold onto the lead and tally the third set win and its seventh victory of the season.
Only five Eagles provided kills with Weber nabbing eight, Bednar tallying seven, and Anderson and Downing each capturing six. Moore led the team with 11 digs with Sobieralski adding 10 digs. Sophomore middle blocker Lauren O’Neill (Covington, Indiana) led USI with three blocks as Sobieralski led the squad with 23 assists. Along with leading the Eagles in kills, Weber recorded the most aces in the match with three.
As a team, USI had 28 kills, 27 assists, and six aces along with 38 digs and six blocks (three solo and six assists). NIU ended the afternoon with 48 kills, 40 assists, and five aces along with 54 digs and seven blocks (two solo and 10 assists). The Eagles finished the match with a .126 attacking percentage while the Huskies put up an even .300 hitting percentage.
NEXT UP FOR THE EAGLES:
The Eagles stay on the road for the beginning of Ohio Valley Conference play as USI will travel to Cookeville, Tennessee for a battle against Tennessee Tech University. USI and TTU will face each other twice next weekend, once on Friday September 23 and again on Saturday September 24. This will be the first OVC match of the regular season and program history for the Eagles.
VALPO WOMEN’S SOCCER
Valpo soccer freshman Molly O’Rear (Naperville, Ill./Naperville Central) made her first collegiate goal a memorable one on Saturday, as she struck for an 87th-minute goal in the Beacons’ MVC opener at UNI to give Valpo a 1-0 win over the host Panthers.
How It Happened
The Valpo defense was up to the task in the early going, as the back line got in front of a pair of UNI shot attempts from in close in the opening minutes and Nikki Coryell (Aurora, Ill./Metea Valley) made a trio of saves in the opening 30 minutes.
Perhaps the best chance of the first half for either side came in the 31st minute, and it was O’Rear who had that opportunity. Lindsey DuSatko (Plainfield, Ill./North) chipped a ball across into the center of the box where the rookie was running unmarked. O’Rear didn’t make clean contact, but did get her right foot on it and sent it toward goal, where UNI goalkeeper Caitlin Richards parried it away with a diving right hand.
The teams went into halftime scoreless, as both sides registered six first-half shots, putting three apiece on goal.
With the scoreline still 0-0 well into the second half, the Valpo defense tightened up, surrendering just one shot attempt to the Panthers in the final 25 minutes.
It looked like Valpo might have an opportunity for a penalty kick with 22 minutes to play, but shouts for a handball in the box were waved away.
The Beacons attack kept the pressure on the Panthers in the late stages, and a quick push up the field in the 87th minute culminated in the match-winning goal. Following a UNI throw-in in its attacking third, Valpo won possession at the top of the defensive 18-yard box and sent a long ball ahead to Kelsie James (Carmel, Ind./Carmel).
The Panther defender marking James was forced to play the ball out, giving Valpo a throw-in 25 yards from goal. James didn’t hesitate, quickly grabbing and taking the throw-in towards the top of the box. The throw bounced once up to Allie Anderson (Wheaton, Ill./Wheaton Warrenville South [Xavier]), who flicked it on with her head to O’Rear.
O’Rear turned, getting her marker off balance, and found herself with an open shot from the top of the 18. The freshman hit a hard strike with her left foot that smashed into the top-left corner of the goal for the deciding tally. The entire sequence, from Valpo gaining possession to the ball hitting the back of the net, took 21 seconds.
Inside the Match
Valpo opens MVC play with a 1-0 win for the second straight year, beating Illinois State by the same score in the conference opener last season. Prior to last year, the Beacons had not opened conference play by taking all three points since 2017.
The win was Valpo’s first over UNI in the last four meetings between the two programs.
O’Rear became the first Valpo freshman to score a match-winning goal since teammate Dana Fish (Sheboygan, Wis./Sheboygan North) did so last September against Southern Illinois. She is the first rookie to make her first career goal a match-winner since Addy Joiner (Chesterton, Ind./Chesterton) scored the opener in a 3-0 win over St. Bonaventure last September.
O’Rear’s match-winner was the latest match-winner in regulation by a Valpo player since Kelsey Jahn struck with 27 seconds to play in the 90 in the 2017 MVC opener at Missouri State.
O’Rear’s goal snapped a scoring drought of 373 minutes for the Beacons.
Both Anderson and James earned assists for their contributions to the match-winner. Anderson’s assist was her second of the season and the fifth of her collegiate career, while James owns eight career assists — two of which have come this year.
Defensively, Coryell finished with four saves to post her third clean sheet of the season. She now sits alone in fourth place in program history with 15 shutouts.
Thoughts From Coach Marovich
“It’s always tough playing on the road in the Valley. We handled that well today, and did a good job dealing with the elements as well. Our overall performance was gritty — we got into tackles when we needed to. We worked really hard to create a rhythm to the game which reflected our style, our brand, trying to play along the ground and did that well.”
“It takes a lot of little details, a full team effort to score goals, and you saw that in our goal. We get a big win on the challenge at the top of our defensive 18, play a good ball deep. Kelsie works hard, forces UNI to play it out, and then doesn’t wait on the throw. Allie flicks the throw on, Molly turns and hits a great left-footed shot. That’s how you score goals.”
“A big key for us coming into today was winning the first ball on UNI’s services into the box. Chase comes in and it felt like she was in the middle of every single aerial challenge in those areas, winning every head ball.”
“Any time you come away with three points on the road is going to be a good day. We’ll enjoy this for 24 hours and then prepare to get back at it for Thursday’s match.”
Valpo (2-5-2, 1-0-0 MVC) welcomes Valley newcomer UIC to Brown Field on Thursday evening. Kickoff is slated for 7:30 p.m. and the match can be seen live on ESPN+.
The Valpo volleyball team put the proverbial cherry on top of a perfect run through the pre-conference portion of its schedule on Saturday, sweeping Houston Baptist (25-21, 25-22, 25-20) to win the Roadrunner Classic in San Antonio, Texas. The tournament title is the fourth of the season for the Beacons, setting a program record for most in-season tournaments won in a single campaign, and extended the best start in program history to 12-0.
How It Happened
The first set was nip and tuck throughout, with a total of 14 ties and eight lead changes. Neither squad was able to gain more than a two-point lead until late in the frame.
The key run came with Valpo trailing 18-17, as the Beacons rattled off six of the next seven points to turn the deficit into a 23-19 lead. Kara Cooper (LaPorte, Ind./LaPorte) got the run going with a kill, Addy Kois (Osceola, Ind./Penn) delivered a service ace and Mallory Januski (Bourbonnais, Ill./Bradley-Bourbonnais) capped the stretch with a kill and a solo block.
The teams traded sideouts for the final four points of the set, with a Maddy Boyer (Batavia, Ill./Batavia) closing out the opener in Valpo’s favor.
The Beacons seemed to gain a tight grip on the second set early on, as a 6-0 run on the service of Emma Hickey (Granger, Ind./Penn) put them ahead 8-2. The lead reached as many as eight points at 12-4, but HBU quickly turned the tables as it scored nine of the next 12 points to cut the advantage to 15-12.
Bella Ravotto (Mishawaka, Ind./Marian) had a trio of kills during a stretch which pushed Valpo’s lead back out to seven points, as the Beacons earned set point at 24-17. The Huskies held off five set points, moving within 24-22, but Gretchen Kuckkan (Lafayette, Ind./Central Catholic [Indiana State]) came in cold off the bench and delivered a kill on her first swing of the match to finish out the set and make it 2-0 Valpo.
The third set eventually contained 11 ties and four lead changes, but it didn’t look like it would be that tight early on, as Valpo jumped out to an 11-7 lead approaching the halfway mark. The Huskies came back with a 7-2 run to take the lead and set up a run of ties on every point from 13 to 19.
The last of those ties came courtesy of a kill by Januski to erase a one-point HBU lead, and Kois followed that up with back-to-back service aces. Boyer then sandwiched kills around a hitting error by the Huskies as Valpo rolled off six points in a row to reach match point at 24-19. On their second chance, the Beacons completed the sweep on a kill by Januski, fitting considering the monster weekend the junior had.
Inside the Match
Ranked in the top-10 nationally in kills/set entering the weekend, Valpo more than kept up its pace on the attack Saturday, racking up 47 kills over the three sets. The Beacons have tied or bettered their opponent’s output in the kills column in each of their 12 matches this season.
Leading the way on the attack Saturday were Strongman and Boyer. Strongman picked up 10 kills, her top output in her time at Valpo, on .375 hitting and also tied for team-high honors with three blocks, while Boyer notched 10 kills on .273 hitting.
Ravotto and Januski posted eight kills apiece as well, the latter doing so while hitting at a .500 clip.
Kois dished out 24 assists and tallied three service aces in the sweep, while Victoria Bulmahn (McCordsville, Ind./Mt. Vernon) handed out 15 helpers.
Elise Swistek (LaPorte, Ind./New Prairie) led the Beacons in digs for the third time in her career and posted her second-highest total in the category with 21 digs. Hickey notched 18 digs and Ravotto 17 as well.
Inside the Tournament
The win secured the Roadrunner Classic title for Valpo, its fourth championship in as many weekends this season.
Valpo has won 33 in-season tournament titles under head coach Carin Avery. Those titles have come in 14 different states, with this weekend marking the first title in a tournament in Texas. In fact, this weekend was the first time the Valpo volleyball program has ever played in Texas.
This is the first time in program history Valpo has won four in-season tournaments in the same season. The program had four times previously captured three titles in the same year.
Valpo’s offense was as strong as it has been all season this weekend, averaging 14.64 kills/set — nearly four full kills per frame more than its opponents. The Beacons also hit .250 over the three matches, 99 points better than their opponents.
Inside the Streak
The best start to a season in program history extended to 12-0 with Saturday’s win.
In fact, this year’s team is already tied for the second-most wins by a Valpo team before suffering its second loss. The 2014 team was 14-1 before taking its second loss, while the 2015 team was 12-1.
The 12-match winning streak stands alone as the fourth-longest in program history. The 2004 team holds the program record with 14 consecutive wins, while the 2008 and 2014 squads both had streaks of 13 straight wins.
With the nonconference slate behind it, Valpo (12-0) turns its eyes to the Missouri Valley Conference schedule. Conference play gets off to a quick start with three matches in four days next weekend, starting with a Friday night match against UNI. First serve Friday evening is set for 6 p.m. and the match can be seen live on ESPN3.
The Valparaiso University football program concluded a challenging nonconference schedule on Saturday, falling 35-13 in a road game against defending Ivy League champion and preseason favorite Dartmouth at Memorial Field in Hanover, N.H. Valpo moved the ball effectively throughout the game and totaled 263 yards of offense, but a powerful Big Green rushing attack helped the hosts emerge victorious in a game that was closer than the final score would indicate.
How It Happened
Valpo moved the sticks on third down on its opening possession as quarterback Michael Appel Jr. (Springboro, Ohio / Springboro) connected with tight end Evan Jernegan (Altadena, Calif. / St. Francis) for a 17-yard gain. That drive eventually resulted in a punt, but Dartmouth took over deep in its own territory.
The Big Green orchestrated a 13-play, 88-yard touchdown march on their first possession of the afternoon, culminating with a 1-yard TD plunge with 3:33 remaining of first-quarter time to start the game’s scoring.
With help from a Dartmouth penalty on the kickoff, Valpo took over with solid field position on the ensuing drive. Aaron Dawson (Kingsport, Tenn. / Dobyns Bennett [East Tennessee State]) had a 12-yard run and a 13-yard catch in succession, providing a lift on a sequence that culminated with a 39-yard field goal by Brian Bartholomew (Sugar Grove, Ill. / Kaneland) that made it 7-3.
A 24-yard rush and 42-yard pass accounted for the two big plays on a quick five-play, 75-yard scoring drive for the Big Green that made it 14-3 with 12:42 left in the second quarter.
The Beacons once again put together a solid offensive drive, a series that was aided by a pass interference flag against the Big Green. Mason Kaplan (Peachtree Corners, Ga.) entered the game and had a 7-yard run for a first down, then Dawson broke the plane of the end zone from 2 yards out to make it a 14-10 game with 8:34 left in the second.
Three key penalties against the Beacons came in succession on the next Dartmouth drive, which resulted in an 8-yard TD run to make it 21-10 with 6:30 left in the half. The two teams exchanged punts, and that remained the score going into the locker room.
The Valpo defense got a key stop on the first drive of the second half, then the offense once again moved the ball effectively, but settled for three points after a 16-play, 70-yard drive. Bartholomew’s 37-yard field goal try boomed through the uprights and made it 21-13. Braden Contreras (Hillsdale, Ill. / Hinsdale Central), Jahni Clarke (Norcross, Ga. / Norcross), Barret Labus (Wadsworth, Ohio / Wadsworth) and Jernegan all caught passes on a drive highlighted by Jernegan’s 18-yard snag.
The Big Green responded by going 75 yards on seven plays as part of a drive that finished with a 5-yard TD run and made it 28-13.
Jernegan once again had a big catch on Valpo’s next drive, this one for 31 yards, and Dom Grguric (Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio / Walsh Jesuit) added a 17-yard snag on the final play of the third quarter. Valpo had first-and-goal from the 5-yard line early in the fourth, but couldn’t find pay dirt and turned it over on downs after an incomplete pass on fourth-and-goal.
The defense came up with a potential momentum-changing play a moment later. After an errant snap by the Big Green, Max Franco (La Habra, Calif. / La Habra) was able to beat the Dartmouth quarterback to the football and recover the fumble, accounting for the game’s first turnover and setting the Beacons up at the Dartmouth 11-yard line.
Once again, Valpo couldn’t cash in on the goal-line opportunity, as they turned it over on downs on 4th-and-4 from the 5 with 8:43 to play.
Dartmouth added a 12-play, 95-yard drive, scoring the final touchdown in the closing seconds to account for the 35-13 final.
Inside the Game
Linebacker James Doerer (Grosse Pointe, Mich. / Grosse Pointe South) racked up a career-high 15 tackles and now has 26 for the season, second on the team.
Prior to last week, there had been just one performance of 15 tackles or more by a Valpo player during the Landon Fox Era (Jamari Booker 21 at Davidson in 2019). Now, Ben Hines (Snohomish, Wash. / Archbishop Murphy [Washington]) and Doerer have reached the 15-tackle threshold in consecutive weeks.
Kohlton Sherman (Millington, Mich. / Millington) had nine tackles while Hines contributed eight.
Appel completed 21 of his 35 pass attempts, racking up 189 yards through the air. He once again found a variety of targets, completing passes to nine different Beacons. Jernegan (65 yards) and Labus (26 yards) led the team with four catches apiece.
Jernegan has a team-high 116 receiving yards this season as a tight end, while Labus leads the team in receptions with 10 as a running back. Six Valpo players have six receptions or more through three games this season.
Vercher had four kickoff returns for 112 yards including a long of 48. Elsewhere in special teams, Bartholomew averaged 53.3 yards per kick on four boots including a pair of touchbacks, went 2-for-2 on field goals and made his only PAT try. Evan Matthes (Reston, Va. / South Lakes [West Virginia]) pinned each of his two punts inside the 20.
The 21 pass completions represented the team’s highest total of the season.
Dartmouth made the only turnover of the game as the Beacons played turnover-free football for the second time in the first three weeks of the season.
Penalties were a bugaboo for the Beacons this week, as they committed a season-high 11 for 113 yards. Dartmouth ran for over 300 yards, averaging 6.8 yards per carry and scoring five rushing touchdowns.
Dawson’s touchdown was his first in a Valpo uniform. He had two last season while playing for Central Connecticut State.
The fumble recovery for Franco was the first of his career.
Bartholomew’s field goals helped him improve to 23-of-29 in his career and 4-for-5 this season.
Thoughts From Head Coach Landon Fox
“They were able to physically control the line of scrimmage and run the football. When we go back and watch film, I think we’ll find that some of that was very self-inflicted on our part with gap control and doing our job. That made it worse than it could have been, but give credit to them, they took advantage of it. The inability to stop the run was a big factor in the game. With that being said, we hung in there and had the ball twice in the red zone with a chance to make it a one-score game late. Our guys continued to fight and scratch and claw to make it a game, but when it comes down to it, the inability to stop the run and force third downs made it difficult to win.”
“Everything Dartmouth does is really solid, and that’s what wins. Fundamentals and techniques are what wins, and that shows in everything they do. They’re a very talented football team, and they’re well coached on top of it.”
Valpo (1-2) will open Pioneer Football League play on Homecoming Saturday at Brown Field. The game will kick off at noon and will be broadcast on ESPN3. For ticket information, visit valpoathletics.com/tickets.
U OF I FOOTBALL
TIFFIN, Ohio—The No. 19 UIndy football team overcame a 13-point, fourth-quarter deficit at Tiffin Saturday night to escape with a key 27-20 road win. Sophomore quarterback Connor Kinnett found senior Frank Bentley with six seconds left to knot the score at 20 apiece before rookie placekicker Colin Seymour split the uprights on the PAT to seal the victory.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Trailing 20-7 early in the fourth quarter, the Greyhounds went to work, marching 86 yards in just two-and-a-half minutes to pull within a touchdown. Freshman wideout Kamau Ransom punctuated the drive with a 30-yard TD reception, good for the third score of his young career.
The Greyhound defense, which held the Dragons scoreless for the final 25 minutes of the game, added two more stops down the stretch to give UIndy a chance.
The offense took the field once more, taking over at its own 24-yard line with 4:18 left. A pair of first-down runs by Kinnett and Toriano Clinton put the Hounds in Tiffin territory, while a clutch fourth-down conversion by Alonzo Derrick moved them into red zone.
With the seconds dwindling, two short runs sandwiched an incomplete pass to make it 4th & 9 from the 12. That’s when Kinnett found Bentley flashing open on a post, delivering the game winner as well as an early bid for play of the year.
INSIDE THE BOX
– It took all of 26 seconds of game time for the scoreboard to read 7-7 as each team returned its very first kickoff return for a touchdown. Sophomore Jeremiah Lee refunded the opening kick 98 yards for a score, while Tiffin immediately answered with a 91-yard TD return of its own. Lee’s yardage represented the longest kickoff return by a Hound since a 99-yard effort by Toriano Clinton in 2018.
– Kinnett finished with 318 total yards, tossing for 190 yards while rushing for 128 more. The latter total is the highest by a Greyhound quarterback since single-game statistics became available in 1983.
– Meanwhile, Clinton finished the night with 81 rushing yards and is now just 41 yards away from breaking the program’s career mark.
– Sophomore Kivonte Houston led the Hounds with 10 tackles, while fellow defensive back Khoreice Crawford came up with his second interception in as many games.
– KJ Roudebush accounted for the night’s final score, scooping and returning a Dragon fumble on the last play of the game. The TD came with no time left on the clock and was good for Roudebush’s first career score.
– Team captain Michael Dennison added two tackles for a loss, including sack in the first quarter.
UIndy once again hits the road for a GMAC destination. The Hounds to travel to Columbus, Ohio to face Ohio Dominican next Saturday at 2 p.m. ET.
INDIANAPOLIS – Getting strong surges from both sides of the ball in the second and fourth quarters, the Marian football team earned a hard-fought win over St. Francis (Ill.) Saturday night at St. Vincent Field. Marian’s 31-7 win is the fifth straight in the series against the Fighting Saints, as the Knights improve to 2-0 on the year.
St. Francis came out with a strong attack on their opening series of the game, with Sam Tumilty driving the Saints deep into Marian territory. The defense would help force an incomplete pass to bring up fourth down, and USF was unable to put points on the board after pushing a field goal wide left. The Knights first series of the game looked promising, but a Zach Bundalo pass intended for CJ Young was underthrown and intercepted. The Fighting Saints again drove down field with a penalty helping USF get into the red zone.
Jayshawn Underwood and Tyler Majors came up with key tackles inside the red area, with Majors dropping Tumilty on the six-yard line for a loss to force a turnover on downs. The offense went to work attacking on the ground, as Baron Huebler helped drive the Knights into enemy territory as the quarter ended. A costly pass interference penalty bit the Saints as Marian inched closer to the goal line, and three plays later Marian found pay dirt as Bundalo connected with Jacob Pressler on an 11-yard strike for the game’s first points.
Marian forced two St. Francis punts as the defense forced their way in the backfield, and Marian took over with 3:06 left in the quarter at their own 35. A combination of Huebler and Ben Stevens helped the Knights quickly get across midfield, and on a third down with 1:11 to go Bundalo found Stevens again to move the chains. Bundalo stayed hot firing to Pressler as the ball moved to the one-yard line, and with 33 seconds to play Huebler punched in his third touchdown of the season. After the kickoff and a run for no game, both teams returned to the locker room with Marian in front 14-0.
Defenses dominated the third quarter, with Marian and St. Francis both having to punt on their opening drives of the half. Marian’s second drive of the half started near midfield, but stalled out after Bundalo fired three straight incomplete passes while facing heavy pressure. Marian returned the favor with intense pressure, as Trevor Adler and Logan Blake made key stops on consecutive downs, while on fourth down a three-man pass rush forced an incompletion. Marian took over on the Saints’ 40-yard line after the turnover on downs, and managed a field goal on the drive paced by Christian Hunter runs. Marlon Pomili’s first field goal of the season gave Marian a 17-0 lead with 40 seconds to play in the third quarter.
St. Francis began the ensuing series at their own 23, and worked a methodical 15-play drive that ended with a 16-yard Tumilty touchdown pass. St. Francis had cut the lead down to 10 as the clock showed 9:10 remaining in the game. Marian took over after a pooch kick on their own 25, and returned the favor with a long drive of their own, as Baron Huebler took center stage. The sophomore back carried Marian deep into Saints territory, with a pair of penalties moving Marian into the red zone. After getting a free first down, Bundalo went to the air and found Stevens for an 18-yard score, giving the Knights a 17-point lead with 4:30 to play in the game.
Tyler Stinn’s defense put the finishing touches on the win, as a sack from Tyler Bukur put the Saints off system, while an interception from Jake Paris gave Marian the ball right back. Hunter put the game to bed on the very next play, going nearly untouched for a 47-yard touchdown run. Ricky Kwak would add an interception on St. Francis’ final drive, as Marian capped their 31-7 win.
Marian put up 359 yards of offense in the game, and allowed just 221 on defense. Bundalo was an efficient 19-25 in the win for 195 yards and two scores, while Huebler rushed for 87 yards. Hunter had 86 yards on his seven carries, with both backs finding the end zone. Stevens led the receivers with 104 yards on eight catches, while Pressler made four grabs for 47 yards and a score. Stevens moved into the No. 5 spot on the all-time receiving list for Marian in the win, doing so in the second quarter.
On the defensive side of the ball, Blake led the team with 6.5 total tackles and 1.5 tackles for loss, while Paris and Bukur each made 6.0 tackles. Marian had two sacks in the game coming from Bukur and Adler, while the defense as a whole made eight stops behind the line of scrimmage.
The Knights will go on the road for the first time this season next week, traveling to Missouri Baptist for a 2:05 p.m. ET kick. The game will be heard live in the Indianapolis area on 93.5 and 107.5 The Fan.
INDIANAPOLIS – The Marian volleyball team took down Goshen in dominating fashion Saturday afternoon, picking up their fourth Crossroads League win of the season with a 3-0 sweep of the Maple Leafs. The win improves the Knights record to 12-0 overall while holding a 4-0 record in Crossroads League play.
Marian traded points with Goshen early in the first set with the score being tied 9-9 before the Knights put together an offensive attack after a kill by Skyler Van Note and a Gianna Feld service ace sparked an 8-0 run by the Knights to take the 17-9 lead. The Maple Leafs ended the run by Knights, answering back with a kill. However, Marian got back to doing what they do best, finishing off the visitors behind kills from Van Note, Madison Brooks, Jaymison Summers, Jai-Lyn Norwood, and Gabby Fish.
The second set was all Marian, making quick work of Goshen 25-12. The Knights jumped out to a huge 11-1 lead to start the set, before Goshen responded with a point of their own. Fish answered back with a kill on the assist from Katie Hardegree to flip the momentum right back to the Knights. Marian continued to hammer the ball down on the Goshen’s side of the net, leaving the guest searching for an answer, but were unable to respond to the Knight’s dominant performance in the set.
The Knights had to battle it out in the third set to claim the victory. Marian got the early jump, taking the 13-6 lead, but Goshen would find a spark and win the next five points to cut the lead down to 13-11 and forcing a Marian timeout. After the break, Brooks got the Knights going again after a kill on the assist from Ainsley Neighbors. The two teams continued to trade points with Goshen going on a 4-0 run late to even things up at 18-18. Marian was able to keep their cool and hold on as Avery Toole and Van Note answered with a pair of kills to win the next two points. Goshen responded with a kill, but Sarah Bennett stepped up and hammered one down to get the Knights going again. After a few Goshen errors and a pair of kills from Van Note, Marian took the set 25-21 to win the match.
Van Note led the team with 18 kills on .567 kill percentage, while Fish added seven kills and Summers had four. Hardegree led in the assist category, dishing out 24 assists, while picking up 10 digs and two service aces. Emma Lyons proved to be a master at serving, notching four aces and collecting seven digs. Feld posted a team-high 13 digs and served up three aces, while Neighbors also added three aces and 14 assists.
The Knights return to action September 21 at 7 PM as they travel to Bethel.
MARIAN MEN’S SOCCER
Rio Grande, Ohio – The Marian men’s soccer team suffered the 10-1 loss on the road at No. 24 Rio Grande Saturday evening to end their non-conference slate. The Knights move to 3-4-1 and will start Crossroads League play in the coming week.
Both teams came out the gates firing to get the match started with both teams posting eight shots each. Justin Kapp took the first shot of the game, but was unable to capitalize as the shot was high. The Red Storm wasted no time to score their first goal of the match, notching one past the Marian keeper at the 11:54 mark. The shot by the host seemed to fuel an offensive attack as they went on to score their second goal about ten minutes later.
The Knights went through a bit of a dry spell until after the Red Storm scored their third goal of the half at the 25:53 mark that Tyler Prichard would try to answer with an attempt that would go wide left, before Sebastian Gonzalez would also make an attempt. The momentum swinged to the Knights for a period of time when a David Green goal on the assist from Nate Van Keulen would put Marian on the board to make the score 3-1. After the Marian goal, Van Keulen and Evan Dawdy each took their shot at a goal, but was unable to execute.
Rio Grande came out after the break with the offensive pressure, scoring three more goals and holding the Knights scoreless. The hosts were the first to make a move, booting one on goal that would be saved by Nikalaas Kolosso, before later giving up a goal around a minute later to increase the lead to 4-1. Marian struggled to find their offense in the second half and were only able to fire off two shots and the Red Storm were able to crank out 22 shots and put seven of them in the back of the net to take the 10-1 victory.
Rio Grande erupted for 30 total shots while the Knights only had nine. Green had the lone goal for the Knights while Van Keulen led the way in shots with three and an dished out one assist. Kolosso took the loss in the net and had four save, while Alvaro Rueda came in later in the second half and had three saves.
Marian will return to action September 24 as they travel to Grace for a 7 PM kickoff to start Crossroads League play.
BOURBONNAIS, Ill. – Indiana Wesleyan garnered a 34-26 victory at Olivet Nazarene Saturday afternoon in the second contest of the season. The Wildcats improve to 1-1 on the season while Olivet Nazarene falls to 0-2.
Xander Stokes led the passing attack by going 12-21 for 100 yards. He also tossed a pair of touchdowns without an interception.
The ground attack was outstanding, rushing 47 times for 267 yards. Daniel Weems led the vicious attack with a whopping 134 yards on 13 carries (10.3 average). Dederrian Williams accounted for 123 yards on 23 attempts. Collectively, the team rushed for 5.7 yards per carry.
Jacquez Carter and Charlie Hill each hauled in touchdowns.
Jamis Carson paced the defense with eight total tackles while Clayton Mosher and Aaron Harris had six and five, respectively.
MARION, IND. – No. 12 volleyball tallied their fifth straight victory today with a 3-1 win over (RV) Bethel College. IWU carried momentum from Friday night’s victory to take the first two sets of the match. The win moves the Wildcats to 11-2 on the season and 4-0 in the Crossroads League.
IWU stormed ahead early in set one, building a 10-5 lead to force a Bethel timeout. The Wildcats continued to build their lead as they took the first set 25-14.
Indiana Wesleyan used a 7-1 run in set two to take control of the set. A late 8-2 run would put the set out of reach for the Pilots as IWU won 25-18.
Bethel turned things around in set three, forcing 8 Wildcat errors. The Pilots would take the third set 25-16.
Set four was back and forth with neither team gaining separation. The teams traded service errors giving IWU a one point lead, before Eva Joldersma finished off the Pilots with a kill.
Eva Joldersma recorded 22 kills on the match, marking her sixth match with 20+ kills. Martina Demarchi tallied 16 of her own.
Beatrice Bettinetti had 4 aces to lead the team.
Danyelle Prado recorded a season high 51 assists.
IWU posted 61 digs as a team led by Ally Barkhaus (15), Rebekah Sergent (13), and Danyelle Prado (12).
IWU MEN’S SOCCER
ROCHESTER HILLS, Mich. – (RV) Indiana Wesleyan University men’s soccer traveled up to Michigan for a non-conference match against Rochester University. This marked the first time since 2006 that the two schools squared off against each other. IWU controlled the game from start to finish and earned their 3rd straight, 3-0.
Freshman Cole Little scored the first goal for the Wildcats, Parker Stewart tallied the assist.
Jose Pizarro has proven to be an unstoppable offensive threat with a goal in his third-straight game.
Winter Casseus netted the third goal of the game in the 54th minute. He continues to lead the team with 5 on the year.
BEREA, Ky. – The Earlham College women’s soccer team picked up a road win at Berea College on Saturday afternoon by a score of 3-0.
The Quakers improved to 2-1-1 on the season.
Eva Lyon put the first goal away for EC in the 29th minute with a header off of a corner kick from Jenna Hoeh. Lyon found space on the backside of the goal and out-jumped the Mountaineer defense to get the shot off.
Lyon doubled the lead in the 39th minute after being sent through the Berea defense by Tess Cunningham. After getting behind the Mountaineers, Lyon hit a low shot to the left side to beat the goalkeeper one-on-one for the score.
Earlham scored again in the 89th minute with an own goal by the Mountaineers off a corner kick by Hoeh.
Hoeh led the Quakers with seven shots, and five on goal on the afternoon. First year Mallory Smith was second on the team with four shots.
Makayla Hurey recorded seven saves in her third complete-game shutout of the season.
Earlham returns to action on Wednesday against Muskingum University in Matlack-Messer Stadium. Kickoff is slated for 5 pm.
EARLHAM MEN’S SOCCER
RICHMOND – The Earlham College men’s soccer team fell to Marietta College 3-2 in the final minutes on Saturday afternoon in Matlack-Messer Stadium.
The Quakers fell to 2-2-1 on the season.
Braden Guinn scored the first goal of the game in the ninth minute off of an assist from Quentin Berry in the right corner of the penalty area. Berry got deep into Pioneer territory and hit Guinn on a drop back into the middle of the field for an open score.
Marietta scored in the 34th minute to send the teams to the halftime break tied.
Guinn got on the scoresheet again in the 51st minute with another assist from Berry, this time on a free kick play from the right side of the field.
The Pioneers tied the game in the 77th minute, and fought to take the lead in the 87th minute.
Earlham was outshot on the day 27-7 and fell behind in corner kicks 6-1.
Tyler Smith made 11 saves in goal, including eight in the second half, and a crossbar shot by the Pioneers.
EC will be back in action on Tuesday against Wittenberg University in Matlack-Messer Stadium. Kickoff is set for 3:30 pm.
Six different players reached the end zone, led by two scores from Donovan Snyder, as Wabash rolled past Wooster 48-14 on Saturday afternoon inside John P. Papp Stadium.
The Little Giants improved to 2-1 on the year and 1-0 in North Coast Athletic Conference play, while the Fighting Scots fell to 2-1 and 1-1.
Liam Thompson led Wabash’s passing attack with a career-high 435 yards through the air, tossing four touchdowns without throwing an interception. The signal caller also added 23 yards and one touchdown on the ground.
Snyder paced the Little Giants’ rushing attack by accumulating 68 yards and two touchdowns over the course of the game, averaging 4 yards per carry. Xavier Tyler also added 37 yards on the ground, averaging 4.1 yards per carry.
Thompson’s most prolific target in the ballgame was Cooper Sullivan, who caught five passes for 134 yards and one score. Jacob Riddle got in on the action in the passing game as well, hauling in two balls for 80 yards. The Little Giants also got 68 yards receiving and one touchdown from Penn Stoller in the contest.
Gavin Ruppert led the Wabash defensive effort, totaling 10 tackles. Brock Robertson and Samuel Ringer each finished with eight tackles. Steven Thomas added seven tackles and one recovered fumble.
The Little Giants won the turnover battle in Saturday’s game, forcing one turnover while avoiding any giveaways. Wabash also had an outstanding day offensively, racking up 627 total yards, 192 on the ground and 435 through the air, while averaging 7.7 yards per play and out-gaining Wooster. Wabash converted on 57.1 percent of third-down attempts on the day.
Wabash’s defense held up against Wooster’s offense, giving up 342 total yards.The Little Giants held Wooster scoreless over the final 40 minutes of the game.
Wabash’s offense made the most of its trips to the red zone, scoring touchdowns on all five trips.
How It Happened
Wabash took a 7-0 lead over Wooster after scoring the game’s first points with 8:04 left in the first quarter.Wooster then tied the game at 7-7 before the WAB responded with a two-yard touchdown rush from to jump back in front 14-7.
Wabash continued to increase its advantage, scoring again with 1:03 left in the first quarter to go up 21-7.The WAB continued to expand their lead after Wooster narrowed the gap to 21-14, scoring again to go on top 27-14.
Wabash continued to extend its lead, scoring again with 4:57 left in the second quarter to go ahead 34-14.The WAB kept scoring, tacking on a touchdown to increase their advantage to 41-14.
Wabash held the WOO off the board before scoring for a final time with 11:46 remaining in the third quarter, stretching their lead to 48-14. Neither team scored again in the game.
» Wabash outgained Wooster 627-342, including a 435-136 advantage through the air.
» Wabash won the turnover battle 1-0 after recovering one fumble.
» The Little Giants scored first with 8:04 remaining in the first quarter and never trailed the rest of the game on their way to victory.
» Wabash had their highest scoring quarter in the first period, when it put up 21 points.
» Wabash converted 8 of 14 third downs while Wooster was successful on 5 of 16.
» The Little Giants had three players with more than eight tackles in the ballgame led by Gavin Ruppert, who had 10.
» Wabash scored three first-quarter touchdowns.
» Wabash scored three second-quarter touchdowns.
» Wabash forced one red zone turnover in the contest.
» The Little Giants ended the game on a strong note, scoring 27 unanswered points to close out the contest.
» Thompson completed 90.3% of his passes on the day, going 28-for-31 while averaging 14 yards per attempt.
» Mateo Renteria completed only 17 of his 40 attempts for 136 yards.
» Andrew Yanssens led the Wooster rushing attack with 141 yards and one touchdown.
WABASH MEN’S SOCCER
ADRIAN, Mich. — Wabash cruised to a 4-1 victory over Adrian Saturday on the road at Docking Stadium.
The win improved Wabash’s record to 5-2-0 overall.
How it Happened
Wabash broke the 0-0 tie on an own goal scored by Adrian in the 19th minute.
The Little Giants added another score on a goal from Jose Escalante — his third goal of the season — in the 27th minute, assisted by Caleb Castaño.
Wabash expanded its lead to 3-0 on Hugo Garcia’s 33rd-minute goal, his first of the season.
The Little Giants made it a 4-0 lead with a 60th-minute goal from Austin Hughes, his third goal of the season. Jesse Martinez assisted the goal.
Adrian closed the gap on Wabash to make it a 4-1 game on Owen Emert’s goal in the 64th minute, assisted by Juan Tapia. Neither team scored again and the game ended 4-1.
Wabash goalkeeper Michael Bertram recorded one save on two shots on goal by Adrian.
Wabash peppered 11 shots on goal, led by Jesse Martinez and Hugo Garcia with two SOG apiece.
The Little Giants outshot Adrian 19-3 overall and owned an 11-1 edge in shots on goal.
WABASH MEN’S GOLF
Wabash opened the 2022-23 college golf season by carding a score of 312 to finish in a tie for second place after one round of the Forest Hills Invitational hosted by Earlham College.
Wabash freshman Sean Bledsoe turned in the low round of the first day by shooting a one-over 72. Bledsoe holds a two-stroke lead over Mychal McKelvey from Earlham with a 74. Wabash junior Brayden Weiss shot a four-over 75 for third place in the individual standings.
Mark Poole carded an 82 on Saturday to finish in a tie for 25th place. Tim Neu is tied for 28th place with a round of 83. Conner Taylor completed the Little Giants’ scoring with a round of 83 to tie for 28th place.
Earlham holds the team lead heading into Sunday’s final round of the tournament with a score of 309. Wabash and IU-East are tied for second with scores of 312. Mount St. Joseph scored 321 as a team in fourth place. Franklin College is in fifth place with a score of 324 entering Sunday’s tournament conclusion.
Sunday’s final round begins at 8 a.m. at the Forest Hills Country Club in Richmond, IN.
FRANKLIN WOMEN’S SOCCER
ALBION, Mich. – The Franklin women’s soccer team played their second match in three days and final road match of the non-conference schedule on Saturday (Sept. 17) when they took on the Albion Britons.
Freshman Meghan Moses netted her first career goal in the opening half but the Grizzlies (2-3) couldn’t add to that total, dropping a 3-1 decision to the Britons (3-0-2).
How it Happened
After conceding the game’s first goal, the Grizzlies got back to even in the 30th minute when Tipton, Ind.-native Moses found the back of the net to grab the equalizer. But the Britons had a response in the 39th minute and added a penalty kick goal in the 74th minute to seal the victory.
Inside the Box Score
-Elaina Page topped the Grizzlies with a pair of shot attempts on the day. Albion finished the night with an 18-4 edge on the shot counter.
-A trio of Franklin players made their career debuts on Saturday afternoon. Rorie Dilbone and Emma Williams saw their first action of the year in the field and freshman goalkeeper Natalia Ferrufino saw 43 minutes of action in the second half, stopping four shots.
The Grizzlies return home for a two-game stand to close out non-conference play. Franklin hosts Asbury on Monday (Sept. 19) night, with kick-off from Faught Stadium set for 6:00 p.m.
FRANKLIN MEN’S SOCCER
BEREA, Ky. – The Franklin men’s soccer team wrapped up non-conference play on Saturday (Sept. 17) afternoon, taking on the Berea Mountaineers to close out a two-game road trip.
The Grizzlies (0-6) saw a pair of players record their first career goals, but were done in by a late comeback from Berea (4-1-2) in a 3-2 defeat.
How it Happened
The Grizzlies opened the scoring in the 11th minute when junior outside back Htoo Ray Moo snuck a shot inside the left post for his first career tally and a 1-0 Franklin lead. Franklin doubled their lead late in the first half when a foul in the area led to a penalty kick that freshman Enzo De Marco stuck home to double the lead.
The lead would hold until a four-minute stretch late in the second half that saw the Mountaineers net all three of their goals. The Grizzlies had two looks in the final five minutes at the equalizer but both Moo and Dany Escamilla had their tying bids turned back.
Inside the Box Score
-Shots were 23-13 in Berea’s favor for the day.
-Junior goalkeeper Ian Rowe turned away eight shots in goal for Franklin.
-Eddy Yousak led the Grizzlies with three shot attempts while Moo’s two shots on target were a team high.
The Grizzlies are off for 11 days to get ready for their conference opener on Wednesday, Sept. 28. Franklin will host Anderson under the lights at Faught Stadium to open HCAC play, with kick-off set for 7:00 p.m.
FRANKLIN, Ind. – The Franklin College football team made their Faught Stadium debut on Saturday (Sept. 17) afternoon, welcoming the Trine Thunder to town for their final non-conference game and the annual Salute to Service Day at the field.
Sophomore quarterback Kai Ross chucked three touchdown passes to three different receivers but the Grizzlies (0-3) dropped the game to the Thunder (3-0) by a 55-21 score.
How it Happened
The Grizzlies took the opening kick and marched right down the field for the opening touchdown. Garrett Cora hauled in an over-the-shoulder pass from Ross in the end zone from 14 yards out to cap an 11-play opening drive.
Jarrett Gibson hauled in a nine-yard pass from Ross early in the second quarter to cut Trine’s lead to 17-7. But the Thunder would limit Franklin to one scoring drive the rest of the afternoon, which came late in the fourth quarter on an 18-yard strike from Ross to Dylan McKinney.
Inside the Box Score
-Ross finished the game with 157 yards on 15 completions, matching a career high with those three touchdown passes.
-Gibson led the FC receiving corps for the second straight week, catching nine balls for 85 yards. The senior also led all players with 207 all-purpose yards.
-Garrett Cora led the Griz ground game with 52 yards on 10 carries.
-Kody Wilkerson led the Griz defense with 11 tackles and Jireh Ojata topped the pass rush with 1.5 sacks to go along with eight stops.
The Grizzlies are off for a week to get ready for their conference opener on Oct. 1, when they travel to Bluffton to kick off Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) play. Kick-off is set for 1:30 p.m.
ROSE HULMAN WOMEN’S SOCCER
DECATUR, Illinois — The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology went on the road to Millikin and came away with an absolute thrashing of the Big Blue.
The Fightin’ Engineers started off the scoring early with a goal by Elsa King in the fourth minute of action. King’s goal was the second of her career.
Then, without missing a beat, Sarah Shoemaker continued the momentum from her two-goal performance on Wednesday by slotting home a goal just one minute later.
Lane Lawrence and Lauren Marquardt each would find the back of the net before the end of the first half with assists from Kiana Martin and Kyra Hicks.
In the second half, it was more of the same for the Fightin’ Engineers as Kyra Hicks would grab two more goals in the first five minutes of the half.
After a Millikin goal, senior Bri Camero-Sulak would step up to the spot and finish a penalty kick to score her first career goal on her 21st birthday.
Natalie Dillon and Lily Dore combined to hold the Big Blue to just one goal in the 7-1 victory.
The Fightin’ Engineers will be back in action on Wednesday night as they travel to DePauw.
ROSE HULMAN MEN’S SOCCER
TERRE HAUTE, Indiana — The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology men’s soccer team drew at home against Hope in a game between two high-level teams.
The Fightin’ Engineers started off the game quickly as Caleb Urban took a long ball down the left side and slotted home a goal just 1:07 into the game.
Hope would get even in the 43rd minute with a goal from Seth Walters off of nice touch passes from both Thomas DeVries and Paulo Alcala.
In the second half, Hope outshot the Fightin’ Engineers 6-3, but the Rose-Hulman defense with Urban, Luke Dawdy, and Zach Buvalic stood tall.
John Biederstedt remains undefeated in goal in his career as he ended the game with two saves.
The goal for Urban is his second goal of the season and the sixth of his career.
The Fightin’ Engineers will return to action on Wednesday night as they travel to Millikin for another non-conference matchup.
ROSE HULMAN FOOTBALL
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — Albion College relied on a balanced offensive attack to top Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology 49-17 in a football matchup of defending champions of the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association and the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference on Saturday.
Luke Lovell threw for 321 yards and six touchdowns to lead the Albion offense. Mark Tocco was the leading receiver for the Britons with six receptions for 129 yards and two touchdowns.
Miguel Robertson had career-high totals 26-of-42 passing for 259 yards with one touchdown to lead the Rose-Hulman offense. Daniel Huery hauled in nine catches for 108 yards and one touchdown, and the duo of Jailen Hobbs and Adam Tice-Saliu added five receptions each.
Grant Ripperda led the rushing attack with 46 yards on 16 carries. Alex Gresock added four receptions and was part of Rose-Hulman’s opening touchdown.
With the Fightin’ Engineers trailing 7-0 in the first quarter, Gresock ran to the right near the goal line looking to score a touchdown. The ball was knocked free by an Albion defender and rolled into the endzone, where John Hruska recovered the fumble for his first career touchdown to tie the score at 7-7.
Rose-Hulman closed to within 14-10 with 4:51 left in the second quarter on a 28-yard field goal by Kyle Rehberg to cap an 11-play scoring drive. Robertson and Huery connected on a 20-yard touchdown pass early in the fourth quarter to complete the Fightin’ Engineer scoring on the day.
The Rose-Hulman defense was led by Kyzer Bowen with nine tackles, and Chaikou Sow added eight stops. Tyce Miller had an interception, Riley Roberts provided one sack and two tackles-fo-rloss, and Cameron Dorsey had five tackles among six total hits to provide support.
Albion improved to 3-0 on the season with the victory. Rose-Hulman opens HCAC play on Oct. 1 at Anderson, before hosting Manchester in the Homecoming Game on Oct. 8.
Ohio Wesleyan University (3-7) took a 26-24, 25-23, 25-17 victory against the Anderson University volleyball team (7-3) during the Bishop Invitational on Friday in Delaware, Ohio.
COACH TAMI MILLER’S COMMENTS
[Friday’s] was a match of lost opportunities. We had chances in the first two sets to put them away, but made too many unforced errors. I give Ohio Wesleyan a lot of credit as their defense did not let a ball drop. This was a good match for us to learn about what we need to improve on moving forward.
The Battling Bishops finished with a .226 hitting percentage while the Ravens finished with a .129 hitting percentage.
Anderson committed 22 attack errors while Ohio Wesleyan finished with 15 attack errors.
Carmen Soloria – 10 Digs, 12 Assists
Tess Perdue – 8 Kills
Kate Todd – 14 Assists
Jimena Montano – 7 Kills, .294 Attack Percentage
Ashlyn Transier – 5 Kills
Olivia Ricica – 5 Kills
The Ravens continue the Bishop Invitational with two more matches on Saturday. Anderson takes on Bethany College (W.Va.) (2-6) on Saturday at 11 a.m. The Ravens then face off with Trine University at 2 p.m.
ANGOLA, Ind. – Senior Alex Price led an offensive explosion as Trine University football defeated their hosts from Franklin College by the score of 55-21. Price accounted for four of the team’s seven touchdowns.
Despite the lopsided final score, the beginning of the game looked to be going in the Grizzlies direction. The home team would receive the opening kickoff and mount a three and a half minute, 78-yard drive ending in a touchdown and a 7-0 lead. Their defense then forced a quick punt from the Thunder giving the team a chance to take a commanding early lead.
Trine’s defense, as it has all season, came up with a difference making play. After the team converted a pass on third and three to continue the drive, senior Marc Guerrero intercepted the next pass from Franklin’s quarterback. He followed up by scampering 40 yards into the endzone. After a successful extra point, the game was tied, 7-7.
The defense used the momentum to force a quick three and out from the Grizzlies and the Thunder started their second drive at their own 12-yard line. Sophomore Dominic Crowder got the ball rolling on the second play of the drive breaking a run for 16-yards. Price ran for six on the next play and then completed a 36-yard pass to junior Connor Arthur to move the ball to the franklin 27-yard line. Price then connected with senior Brandon Kline in the back of the endzone to give the team their first lead of the game.
After another strong defensive series for the Thunder, Price and Crowder would combine for another drive down the field setting up a field goal from junior Braden Moore that increased the lead to 17-7. It was an important three points, with Franklin scoring a touchdown on the next drive to make the score 17-14.
Price set up another field goal on the next drive. The highlight was a 33-yard pass to Kline that flipped the field following a touchback on the kickoff. Sophomore Colton Wampler converted the field goal to make the score 20-14.
The defense came up with a big fourth down stop to end the next drive for the Grizzlies. Crowder gained a yard to open the resulting drive for the Thunder, but Price overshadowed him going 67-yards on the second play to score his second touchdown of the day. After the extra point was converted by sophomore Anthony Hentz the team held a 27-14 lead which would last into halftime.
Another long pass from Price to Kline highlighted the opening drive of the second half, which spanned 75-yards over 11 plays. Junior Cole Alexander finished it off with a one-yard touchdown run and after another extra point from Hentz the score was 34-14.
The defense was just as impressive out of the half. Senior Keysean Amison forced a fumble on the first play for the squad and Guerrero came up with the loose ball. The offense failed to get the yard-to-gain on a fourth down play and the ensuing drive ended without any points for Trine.
Later in the quarter Price did lead another scoring drive, finishing it with a 16-yard touchdown pass to junior Rodney Johnson. The third touchdown of his game gave the team a 41-14 lead.
His fourth touchdown followed shortly. The defense came up with another three and out, forcing a punt and giving the ball back to the offense on their own 28. Price completed the next pass to senior Kale Lawson for all 72-yards needed for another touchdown, giving the team a 48-14 lead.
The offensive backups entered the game following the touchdown and scoring slowed. The team would score one final touchdown in the fourth quarter when senior Brett Kaylor connected with classmate Kyran Pearson.
Franklin scored on their first drive of the fourth quarter as well to give the game its final score of 55-21.
Despite the offensive fireworks, solid defensive play was key in the victory. In addition to his forced fumble, Amison led the team with ten tackles, eight of them solo. Sophomore Matthew Jimenez finished second on the team with seven tackles and junior Joseph Johnson coming in with six. Those two players also combined for the team’s lone sack of the contest.
Price finished the game with 274 yards through the air while going 13-for-18 with three touchdowns. He also led the team on the ground finishing with 112 yards rushing along with a touchdown. Crowder finished second with 73 yards on the ground.
A pair of receivers finished the game with over 100 yards. Kline finished with 119, while Lawson recorded exactly 100.
Trine improves to 3-0 following the second-straight road win. They will return home for their next game when they host Centre College on Saturday, Sept. 24. Opening kickoff is scheduled for 2:30 p.m.
TRINE WOMEN’S SOCCER
ANGOLA, Ind. – A goal in each half was enough as the Trine University women’s soccer team came away with the victory over visiting Wittenberg University. Sophomore Teresa Ashbrook led the way for the team scoring one goal and assisting on the other.
“We posted a good win against an opponent that made the NCAA Tournament last season,” said head coach Gary Boughton after the win, “We’re still improving, still growing and still learning about ourselves. This was a tough week for us and I’m really proud of the result today.”
The Thunder quickly began pressuring the Tigers on the offensive side of the field firing two shots during the first minute of play. Senior Olivia Butterworth recorded the first shot on goal for the team, coming in the seventh minute.
Ashbrook was a big part of the offense right from the start. She recorded three shots with two coming on goal during the first 16 minutes. Her fourth shot would also come on goal. In the 24th minute of the contest she made a defender miss and fired her shot into the back of the net giving the team a 1-0 lead.
Wittenberg recorded just four shots during the first half, but the first came on goal with sophomore Sophie Aschemeier coming up with the save for Trine. In contrast the home team recorded 11 shots in the half with four coming on goal.
Butterworth recorded the first shot on goal of the second half as well, coming in the 53rd minute of the contest. Just 16 seconds later Ashbrook passed the ball from the center of the field to the left side of the penalty area where sophomore Bella Mabry fired a shot paste the keeper.
“I think that we still have some things to work on but we are very pleased with the outcome of the today,” said Ashbrook, “We are just going to continue to improve as the season continues.”
Trine settled in following the second goal. They would still record six shots during the half including three on goal, but the 2-0 score would go final with neither team scoring.
It is the fourth shutout of the season for the team and Aschemeier. She finished the game with five saves. The team improves to 4-2 following the win.
“It was a well-deserved win behind another clean sheet for big dog in net,” said one of the team’s captains, Lia Franzone, “We can’t wait to get back to it on Tuesday.”
They will travel to face Ohio Wesleyan University in their next match on Tuesday, Sept. 20. Kickoff is scheduled for 6:00 p.m.
TRINE MEN’S SOCCER
ANGOLA, Ind. – The Trine University men’s soccer team had no problem with visiting Manchester University coming up with a 5-0 victory. Five different members of the team tallied goals in the match.
The Thunder dominated the match from the beginning. They fired their first shot on goal in sixth minute, followed by another in the tenth. Then in the 11th minute of play, freshman Evan Komrska brought the ball into the penalty area before dropping it off to classmate Liam Zimmerman who fired a shot on goal. The keeper turned it aside but the rebound went back to Komrska who converted his shot for the goal.
The 1-0 score held for just over 20 minutes of game time, when the Thunder received a free kick just outside the penalty area. Juniors Francesco Mazzei and Tyler Murphy both lined up to threaten taking the kick, but Mazzei ended up being the one to connect, putting the ball over the keeper and into the top half of the net.
The 2-0 lead would last into the intermission. Trine outshot the Spartans 11-1 in the half with seven of their shots coming on goal.
Just under two minutes into the second half, a Thunder attack opportunity was cut short by a penalty on the Spartans, resulting in a red card for the visiting team. Murphy quickly converted the ensuing penalty kick, putting the ball into the bottom right corner of the net and giving the team a 3-0 lead.
Having already controlled the contest, Trine completely took over with the man advantage. Junior Joey Donovan scored the team’s fourth goal in the 50th minute of play and freshman Jay Stevens put in the fifth for the team in the 73rd minute. The team cruised through the final minutes to finish with the 5-0 win.
Trine finished the game with 25 shots including 14 on goal compared to just two shots by Manchester.
The team improves to 5-1 following the victory. They will continue their season when they travel to face DePauw University on Tuesday, Sept. 20. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.
BETHEL WOMEN’S SOCCER
Mishawaka, Ind. — It was an eventful second half after Jordan Mihut broke the silence early in the second half. Cornerstone’s Jozlyn VanTol answered quickly before Leena Thomas gave the Lady Pilots the lead 2-1 minutes later. In the 88th minute Audrey Lerch padded the lead to 3-1 and Cornerstone’s Amber Nicholson put the Golden Eagles within one point.
58’| Jordan Mihut (BU)
58’| Jozlyn VanTol (CU)
58’| Leena Thomas (BU)
88’| Audrey Lerch (BU) assisted by Katie Byers
88’| Amber Nicholson (CU) assisted by Ainsley Harris
NEXT TIME OUT
Bethel hosts Concordia (Mich.) on Sept. 21st at Morey Field starting at 6:00 p.m. on the Bethel Sports Network.
Marion, Ind. — The Lady Pilots lose a hard battle to Indiana Wesleyan to put Bethel at 1-3 in Crossroads League play. Indiana Wesleyan had two attackers with 15+ kills combining for 38 of the 57 total kills.
INDSIDE THE BOXSCORE
Maddy Payne led the attack with 12 kills
Jackeline Fernandez had 14 digs
Bethel only had one attack error in the second set and two attack errors in the third set
NEXT TIME OUT
Women’s Volleyball continues Crossroads League play at home on Sept. 21st at seven p.m. You can watch the action at bupilots.com/watch and rrsn.com.
DEPAUW WOMEN’S SOCCER
Whitewater, Wis.: The DePauw women’s soccer team recorded its first loss of the season after falling 4-0 to Wisconsin-Whitewater in game one of the “W Challenge.”
The Warhawks scored two early goals in the first half, putting up seven shots and six corners while holding the Tigers to no shots or corners in the half.
In the second half of play, DePauw forced three corners and recorded three shots; however, they couldn’t stifle Wisconsin-Whitewaters’ offense, leading to two more goals by the Warhawks in the second half of regulation.
DePauw moves to 3-1-1 for the season and takes on Rhodes College on Sunday, September 19, at noon EDT on day two of the “W Challenge.”
Hiram, Ohio – DePauw scored on eight of its first nine possessions including each of its first five on the way to a 44-0 North Coast Athletic Conference win at Hiram. The Tigers moved to 3-0 overall and 1-0 in the NCAC, while the Terriers dropped to 0-3 overall and 0-2 in the conference.
Wally Renie connected with Trey Shaw for a 12-yard score just 2:01 into the contest before Drew Moore scored on a 2-yard run a little over four minutes later.
Joseph Sullivan booted a 27-yard field goal with 14:12 left in the half before Gus Baumgartner made it 24-0 with a 14-yard run with 11:14 remaining. Danny Sheehan’s 13-yard run with 4:22 left in the half pushed the Tigers’ lead to 31-0.
Sullivan nailed a 35-yard field goal early in the third followed by Baumgartner’s 1-yard run midway through the third. Sullivan knocked in a 20-yard field goal with 14:12 left in the game to wrap up the scoring.
Coupled with last week’s 55-0 win at Anderson, this marks the first time since 1985 that the Tigers have posted consecutive shutouts.
HANOVER, Ind. – The Panther football team (0-3 overall) struggled offensively as part of a non-conference battle with Olivet falling 31-28.
The Hanover defense deemed the game changing factor this afternoon opening the contest in a big way. After a muffed kick the Panthers recovered the opening kick-off in Olivet territory and ultimately punched it in for the 7-0 lead.
However, the Comets responded in the second quarter putting three points on the board after a 10 yard field goal attempt, 7-3. They claimed their first lead of the afternoon in the third quarter with just 10:58 remaining punching the football in for seven, 10-7.
The comet scoring frenzy continued as another third quarter strike saw them surge ahead 17-7.
However, Hanover provided an answer as the junior Jamey Deckard (Bedford, Ind.) picked off the Olivet quarterback returning it 42 yards to the Olivet two yard line.
The Panthers scored moments later with senior Matthew Weimer (Georgetown, Ind.) finding sophomore VJ Anthony (Louisville4, Ky.), 17-14.
But the Comets refused to fizzle as they tacked on back-to-back touchdowns for the 31-14 difference.
HC found the endzone again, this time on the ground as sophomore Austin Oppel (Brandenburg, Ky.) got it done with the one yard rush and score, 31-22
The Panthers dealt the final blow with sophomore Jalen Peck (Bloomington, Ind.) connecting with Weimer for a four yard touchdown catch and score, 31-28.
HC returns to action on Saturday, Oct. 1 when they travel to Defiance. Kick-off is set for 1:30 PM.
HANOVER WOMEN’S SOCCER
COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Panthers (3-2-0 overall) hit the road on Saturday afternoon defeating Capital in dominating fashion 3-0.
Leading the attack was sophomore Beth Cook (Goshen, Ohio) with a game-high two goals. Teammate, sophomore Nora Ludwig (Cincinnati, Ohio) added one goal.
Hanover wasted little time getting on the board as Cook took a pass from junior Cassidy Lett (Walton, Ky.) in the 10th minut4e for the early 1-0 advantage.
The assault on net continued as Ludwig made her way into the score’s column in the 61st minute off a pass from junior Bri Matis (Liberty Twp., Ohio), 2-0.
Cook netted the final goal as her and Ludwig connected in poetic fashion for the final contest goal, 3-0.
Hanover returns to action on Sunday, Oct. 18 at Wittenberg.
HANOVER MEN’S SOCCER
HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover men’s soccer team (2-3-1 overall) fell in non-conference action on Friday afternoon to Ohio Northern, 2-0.
Leading the Panthers was sophomore Joao Domenici (Alphaville, Brazil) with a team best five shots, three of which landed on frame.
In goal, junior Luciano Salemi (Indianapolis, Ind.) added a game-high 10 saves on 12 shots faced.
The Polar Bears uesd a balance attack en route to the win, netting one first half goal as well as one second half strike.
After surrendering the first goal in the 29th minute the Panthers looked to counter as senior Brendan Gallagher (Louisville, Ky.) fired a shot on goal that was denied by the ONU keeper.
The second half would see HC fall behind 2-0 in the 81st minute with one final attempt on goal that once again was blocked by the ONU goalkeeper.
Hanover returns to action on Monday, Sept. 19 when they hit the road for Wabash.
HANOVER, Ind. – The Panthers split on the final day of the Hanover Invitational defeating Westminster 3-1 (25-15, 25-26, 19-25, 25-13) before falling in straight sets to Berea 3-0 (18-25, 18-25, 22-25).
In the contest with Westminster sophomore Brroke Herrell (Greenfield, Ind.) and junior Ella Reed (Lexington, Ky.) paced the attack with a team best seven kills apiece.
Sophomore Maggie Schweitzer (Shelbyville, Ind.) added a team-best 19 assists with junior Aubrey Walton (Linton, Ind.) dishing out 17 helpers.
Reed and freshman CC Sick (Fort Thomas, Ky.) led the attack with seven kills, while teammate Walton added 14 assists.
Defensively, junior Casey Dunn (Fort Thomas, Ky.) picked up 17 digs.
HC returns to action on Friday, Sept. 23 as they travel to Terre Haute, Ind. for the RHIT Invite.
SPRING ARBOR, Mich. – After two lopsided losses to Top 15 teams earlier this week, the HU volleyball team came raging back to beat the Cougars of Spring Arbor (9-6, 0-4) in three straight (25-17, 25-16, 28-26) on the road to improve to 6-9 overall, 2-2 in league play.
“I am so proud of this team and how they bounced back after a challenging week,” said Coach Kelsey Herber. “We grew as competitors and teammates today.”
Tonight’s sweep was the first over SAU since 2017.
The Foresters were creative with their wins – topping the Cougars from start to finish in the first set, reeling off seven straight points to end the second set and then mounting an impressive comeback to win the final set.
Kortney Grimm led a balanced attack with 12 kills. Haley Kruse finished with six kills while Tya Bynum, Morgan Robrock and Leah Carter added five apiece. Robrock was also busy organizing the offense having handed out 30 assists.
“Kortney played a great match for us,” said Herber. “She was an offensive weapon, a leader, played excellent defense and passed consistently. She was an all-around solid player for us tonight.”
Olivia Krahn and Layla Meyer took turns defending the backline with ten digs apiece. Kendyll Gebert logged four of her team’s eight aces.
HU hits the road again on Wednesday to take on #RV Mount Vernon at 7:00 p.m.
ST. FRANCIS FOOTBALL
FORT WAYNE, Ind. – On Saturday evening the No. 20 University of Saint Francis Cougars (2-0) played host to the Judson University Eagles (0-2) in their home opener at Bishop D’Arcy Stadium and dominated the action again, winning 51-19.
After a dominating opening week last Saturday in their 52-14 route over the Saint Francis Fighting Saints, the Cougars looked to pick up where they left off and a couple solid defensive stops in the first quarter got them off and running.
Their first two possessions on offense saw junior quarterback Heath Simmons guide his team downfield, but each drive resulted in a field goal by Jack James. Towards the end of the frame though, senior running back Cameron Peterson had several rushes for 10 yards and got the Cougars back in the red zone.
Simmons then connected with Peterson for a 25-yard touchdown pass to extend the lead to 13-0 for Saint Francis.
After the Eagles answered back with a scoring drive of their own, the Cougars went right back to work on offense as Simmons and Peterson continued to answer the call. This time it was Ryan Walsh who got in on the action with several carries to put the Cougars into Eagles territory.
Now in the red zone, the Cougars pushed their way in as Peterson scored his second touchdown of the game. Saint Francis now led 20-7, but they weren’t finished.
The defense stepped up and made the plays to give the Cougars the ball back with under two minutes to play. After a penalty pushed the Cougars back to a 3rd and long situation from the 39, Simmons connected with Laban Davis for a touchdown pass that put the Cougars in command, ahead 27-7 as the game went to halftime.
Heading into the second half, the Cougars managed another successful offensive drive as they started with the ball but resulted in a 30-yard field goal by James, his third of the game.
After the Eagles clawed back and scored a touchdown on their next possession, the Cougars answered right back with stellar running by Peterson and a couple clutch passes by Simmons to find the endzone again. This time it was sophomore receiver Adjaye Dandridge who made the catch for a four-yard score.
A couple more touchdowns followed, one to senior receiver Jay Segal from Heath Simmons, and the other in the final seconds of the game came on a reception by sophomore tight end Reid Schepers on a pass from junior quarterback Luke Robertson.
Throughout the game the Cougars managed 578 yards on offense with 327 on the ground and 251 in the air. A couple interceptions by senior cornerback Damon Hunter and the other by sophomore cornerback Tamaris Springfield also led to a couple scoring drives for the Cougars. In addition, Cam Peterson rushed for 216 yards, which is tied for fifth all-time in program history (with Justin Green) for rushing yards in a single game.
The Cougars resume play next Saturday evening with another home game at Bishop D’Arcy Stadium when they play host to the Saint Xavier University Cougars (1-2) with kickoff set for 6:00 pm.
ST. FRANCIS MEN’S SOCCER
FORT WAYNE, Ind. – On Saturday afternoon the University of Saint Francis Cougars (6-1-1) played host to the Michigan-Dearborn Wolverines (3-2) at Bishop D’Arcy Stadium but didn’t have enough as they fell 1-0 in a tense battle.
As the game got underway the Wolverines were the first ones to produce scoring opportunities, but the Cougars defense stepped up and prevented any shots on goal. The Cougars then had their first opportunity at the net but a hard shot by sophomore midfielder Simon Hemler was saved and the game remained scoreless in the early going.
But then in the 14th minute the Wolverines got a break and a long shot about 10 yards out went past junior goalkeeper Jaime Robledo to give Michigan-Dearborn a 1-0 lead.
Throughout the remainder of the first half, the Cougars kept battling and their aggressiveness created several more scoring chances and stops on defense, but they were not able to cash in as the game went to halftime with the Wolverines leading 1-0.
Heading into the second half both teams continued to battle, but a collision between two Cougars put Saint Francis in dire straits.
As the Cougars continued to battle now with one of their starters out, they had to scratch and claw to do everything they could to tie the game. Several corner kicks and shots on goal was as close as they came though as the Wolverines dealt them their first loss of the season.
Throughout the game the Cougars managed 12 shots with six on net while Jaime Robledo stepped in to make three saves.
The Cougars resume play on Wednesday evening when they travel to New Concord, Ohio to begin a road trip against the Muskingum University Fighting Huskies (1-3) beginning at 7:00 pm.
ST. FRANCIS WOMEN’S SOCCER
FORT WAYNE, Ind. – On Saturday afternoon the University of Saint Francis Cougars (3-3-2) traveled to Adrian, Michigan to take on the Siena Heights Saints (4-2) but fell 4-0 as the Saints proved too formidable.
Opening the game, the Saints were the first to create scoring opportunities and managed three shots in the first four minutes, but the Cougars defense kept the game scoreless.
But not too long after that the Saints cashed in. a scramble in front of the box resulted in the first goal of the game getting past junior goalkeeper Amber Morgan to give Siena Heights a 1-0 lead in the seventh minute.
Then about seven minutes later, another shot by the Saints was blocked but deflected right to one of their forwards who knocked it in to double the lead in the 14th minute.
With the Cougars trailing 2-0, they kept fighting while Amber Morgan made a couple more saves to keep her team in the game. But the Cougars weren’t able to manufacture many scoring chances as the game went to halftime with Saint Francis still trailing 2-0.
Matters didn’t get any easier in the second half as the Saints continued applying the pressure on the Cougars defense. After a couple shots went high and wide, the Saints cashed in with two goals in under two minutes in the 52nd and 53rd minute to double the lead just like that.
As the game progressed, the Cougars managed to produce a scoring opportunity but to no avail, and the Saints dealt them the tough loss.
The Cougars resume play on Wednesday evening when they travel to North Manchester, Indiana for another non-conference road game against the Manchester University Spartans (1-4) beginning at 4:30 pm.
INDIANA TECH WOMEN’S SOCCER
CRESTVIEW HEIGHTS, Ky. — The Indiana Tech women’s soccer team closed its five-match, season-opening road swing with a 3-0 loss at Thomas More University (5-0-2), which is in its final season of NAIA competition before initiating the transition to NCAA Division II in 2023-24. TMU scored all three of its goals in the opening 20 minutes and kept the Warriors (1-3-1) at bay for the final 70 minutes.
The Saints out-shot Tech 18-3 on the night, though the Warriors tightened up in the second half. The Orange and Black only allowed six attempts after the halftime break and continue to show signs of growth heading in to the 2022 Wolverine Hoosier Athletic Conference schedule, which opens next week.
“This was a tough match, as we came out flat, had difficulty adjusting to their direct style of play, and struggled to win balls in the air,” Tech head coach Andrea Gorton said. “Everyone came in to halftime ready to re-focus and we played the second half with good spirit and were much more organized. Overall, this was a positive step in our overall development and growth as a program.”
Sydney Lang filled in for the injured Michaela Bitle in goal for the second straight match and recorded three saves on the evening. Danielle Dunn was the most lively IT attacker, attempting all three of the Warrior shots over 90 minutes.
The Warriors play at home for the first time this season on Tuesday, Sept. 20, in a 7 PM kickoff against Goshen College, which is the first of three-straight games at Tech’s turf field.
INDIANA TECH VOLLEYBALL
LIVONIA, Mich. – The Tech women’s volleyball team was in Michigan on Saturday for the second day in a row, taking on the Madonna University Crusaders. The Warriors extended their winning streak with a 3-2 win (20-25, 25-9, 24-26, 26-24, 15-8), which improved their record to 16-0.
The Warriors completed the day with an attacking percentage of .257. The Crusaders posted a .227 percentage. Emma Westra led the Warriors with eleven kills, and Noelle VanOort and Taylor Paul had ten in the win. Tech served thirteen aces as a team, with VanOort contributing five, Jacey Blust adding three, and Kelsey Schaldenbrand two. Taylor Sorg led the team in blocks posting four, and Jacqueline Allaway had three. The Warrior’s setters, Andrea Schriver and Kelsey Schaldenbrand, led the assist category with twenty-five and nineteen, respectively. Blust added eleven digs.
On Wednesday, the Warriors continue their road stretch in Sylvania, Ohio, traveling to take on Lourdes University. The series between the two is knotted at 10-10, with the most recent game being played on October 13, 2021, in Sylvania, Ohio. The last meeting resulted in a 1-3 loss for the Warriors. They look to right the ship and continue their perfect season Wednesday night.
INDIANA TECH MEN’S SOCCER
UPLAND, Ind. – Men’s soccer traveled to Upland, Indiana Saturday to take on the Trojans of Taylor University (2-4-3) at Turner Stadium. The Warriors (2-1-3) took control of the game early. Luke Jones scored his second goal of the season in the 33rd minute of the game, coming from a free kick that found the top corner. This would prove to be all Tech needed to claim the win over Taylor as the game concluded in 1-0 fashion.
Jones’ goal was one of sixteen shots Tech recorded in the first half, outshooting Taylor, who posted two first-half shots. Tech went into the break with a 1-0 lead and did what it took to maintain that in the second half despite Taylor’s efforts. Taylor recorded seven second-half shots as opposed to the Warrior’s six.
Jaume Salvado played the whole ninety minutes between the sticks posting three saves, the most crucial coming in the 67th minute, to claim another shutout on the season. Today’s win brings the total season shutouts to four.
The Warriors host Lawerence Tech Saturday, September 24, at 7 P.M., playing at the Warrior Athletic Field for their next match. The last meeting between the two schools resulted in a 1-1 draw on October 30, 2021, when they played in Southfield, Michigan.
GRACE MEN’S SOCCER
COLUMBIA, Mo. – One of the most highly anticipated men’s soccer games of the season lived up to its billing as No. 12 Grace College’s men’s soccer team upset No. 3 Columbia College 1-0 on Saturday night.
The two top-15 programs went toe-to-toe throughout the match up, but in the end it was Martim Sequeira who scored a highlight-reel goal which was worthy of the occasion to lift the Lancers (5-0-3) to the victory.
The reigning NAIA Defensive Player of the Week Matteo Conci also played a vital role in the monumental win, making eight saves to blank the Cougars.
The win over Columbia (2-2-2) marks the second top-five upset that Grace has pulled off this season, previously beating No. 5 Oklahoma Wesleyan 4-2.
While neither team struck early in the matchup, it was Grace who would push the tempo from the opening whistle. The Lancers had the first five shots of the contest, and held the Cougars without a try on goal until the midpoint of the half.
When Columbia did finally break through Grace’s defense, they were met by Conci who continued his great form with two saves in quick succession.
Both defenses held firm throughout the first half as the teams traded turns prodding the opposition’s defense. Neither side would find success however as the game would enter the intermission still scoreless.
The Lancers outshot the Cougars 6-4 in the first 45 minutes, and each goalie made four saves. Columbia had three corner opportunities to just one for Grace.
As the second half started, tensions began to rise with every offensive possession.
Nine minutes into the second frame, the Cougars headed a ball towards goal that forced a diving save from Conci.
Just minutes later on the counter attack, Grace narrowly missed breaking the deadlock. Felipe Gruber blasted a shot past the goalkeeper that rocked the crossbar and bounced away from the Lancers possession.
The Lancers once again seemed to grasp control of the game by winning the majority of loose ball battles and maintaining their intense pressure.
The game deciding goal was scored in spectacular fashion by Sequeira with 16:35 left in the game.
Following a corner kick, Daniel Santos Rosa sent a lofted cross into the box that set the stage for the magical moment.
Sequeira, who had positioned himself on the far side of the goal, perfectly executed a bicycle kick that launched the ball into the Cougars net.
Suddenly down by a goal in the late stages, Columbia responded with all the vigor that would be expected of a top five program. The Cougars tried eight shots in the final 12 minutes of action.
With every offensive attack the Cougars comeback hopes were stymied by the Lancers stout defense, who only allowed one of the eight tries to reach goal.
The lone shot that found its way through Grace’s defenders was pushed away by Conci in the waning moments of action as the Lancers completed the upset bid with a 1-0 win.
The Lancers will now enter Crossroads League having yet to taste defeat, despite seven of their eight opponents making appearances in the NAIA Top 25 poll at some point throughout the season.
Grace kicks off conference play on Saturday with a home matchup against Marian.
GRACE WOMEN’S SOCCER
COLUMBIA, Mo. – Grace’s women’s soccer team concluded its road trip to Missouri with a high-profile matchup at No. 18 Columbia.
The No. 17 Lady Lancers outshot Columbia by six, however it was the Cougars who ended up winning 2-1 on Saturday.
The Cougars were aggressive to begin the match, firing off three shots across the first six minutes.
Grace countered with four shots over the next several minutes, including attempts by Lilli Oberhoff and Marlene Menzel a few minutes apart that were saved.
The Cougars jumped on the scoreboard first midway into the opening half. Columbia sliced a high shot that found the back of the net.
Things went from bad to worse for Grace seven minutes later when Columbia took advantage to score again, doubling its lead.
Grace struggled to find looks at goal in response, taking one shot over the final 10 minutes of the first half.
The second half was a different story altogether. The Lady Lancers outshot the Cougars 10-1 over the final 45 minutes, nearly completing the comeback on the road.
In the 60th minute, a header by Menzel looked sure to score but hit off the goalpost. She would not have to wait long for another chance.
Less than 10 minutes later, after another flurry of Grace chances, Menzel played a dangerous ball that found the back of the net in the 70th minute, setting the stage for a frenetic final 20 minutes.
The Cougars did their best to withstand Grace’s attack; the Lady Lancers fired off shots from JJ Aalbue, Danae Moriarty and Menzel, but Grace was unable to find an equalizer and had to settle for the defeat.
For the game, Grace outshot Columbia 16-11; Menzel and Aalbue had five shots apiece, nearly equalizing the Cougars’ output.
Libby Stratton notched four saves in goal for Grace, Moriarty shot three times, and Kailey Burrell shot twice.
“At the start of the match we needed to have more quality for more of the time. We had quality in sections, but we needed to respond positively to opposition. Even with our poor start, we still created opportunities to finish. Unfortunately we had two lapses that led to goals,” said Grace head coach Michael Voss. “The crew showed much resolve to take over the game in the second half, which increased our quality and generated multiple scoring chances. We moved the ball decently, eliminated any danger but failed to convert the chances that we created. We learned that we can battle when needed, and we can play good futbol in difficult scenarios.”
The Lady Lancers will begin Crossroads League play next week, beginning with a road matchup at No. 4 Marian on Saturday.
GOSHEN WOMEN’S SOCCER
GOSHEN, Ind. – The women’s soccer team played to a scoreless tie with an undefeated Lourdes squad in Goshen on Saturday. Goshen is now 3-3-1, and Lourdes is 2-0-3.
Goalkeeper Victoria Naylor had six saves for Goshen. The Gray Wolves took 15 shots, with six on target. Goshen had nine shots, but Brynja Hjartardottir took the only shot in the frame. She had three total shots, as well as Amy Drew. Anne Nisley, Lexy Adamczyk, and Alexsandra Fernandes each had one.
Goshen won in a low-scoring game last season, 1-0.
The Maple Leafs are at Indiana Tech on Tuesday, September 20, at 7:00 pm. Then they are back home to take on Indiana Wesleyan on Saturday, September 24, at 7:00 pm. That will be the start of Crossroads League play for the Leafs.
GOSHEN MEN’S SOCCER
GOSHEN, Ind. – An early goal by Vitor Romero dos Santos put the Maple Leafs on top, but the Brescia Bearcats men’s soccer team roared back with two second-half goals, leading to a 2-1 win.
The goal by dos Santos came nearly fifteen minutes in after Lucas Bontreger had a shot that was saved and deflected. Wendo Kisila was there for the rebound, and it just took a simple tap to dos Santos as he came crashing into deliver the goal.
It stayed 1-0 at the half, but Luis Baldivieso scored in the 56th minute for Brescia, followed by another goal for the visitors less than six minutes later. Goshen ended the night with more shots and shots on goal but couldn’t add another to tie it up.
Both teams had five corner kicks, and Goshen had two more fouls, 17-15. Kisila had an excellent chance to score with ten minutes to go on a header that was wide left. Bontreger had a pass go just a bit ahead of him, or he would have had a goal with five minutes remaining. Even under 20 seconds, Goshen had shots by Henrique Eichenberger and Kisila that didn’t find the back of the net.
Goshen is 0-6-2 and Brescia is 1-7-0. Goshen is at Indiana Wesleyan next Saturday, September 24, at 7:00 pm.
UPLAND, Ind. – Taylor turned in its most balanced offensive attack of the season and saw its defense frustrate a pass-heavy Trinity International squad on Saturday evening, as TU rolled to a 41-19 win to improve to 3-1 on the season and match the program’s best four-game start since also opening 3-1 in 2011.
The Trojans piled up 462 total yards of offense, with 239 coming through the air and 223 coming on the ground. The output marked TU’s best since going for 469 total yards in a 43-31 win at Indiana Wesleyan on September 1 of 2018. The game also marked the first time Taylor had eclipsed 200 yards in the air and on the ground since doing so against the Wildcats in that same contest and the 239 passing yards were TU’s most since posting that same total against Saint Francis on November 9 of 2019.
Dakohta Sonnichsen was in the middle of most of the action against TIU (0-3), hauling in four passes for 73 yards, taking carries of 19 and 23 yards and averaging 14.8 yards per punt return over four tries.
The shifty sophomore had plenty of help, as Elijah McCloskey and Hutson Hohlbein connected five times for 87 yards, with Hohlbein and Sonnichsen each averaging over 17 yards per catch in the game.
McCloskey ended the night with a career-high 16 completions for 239 yards, while Brendan Lamb tore off 6.9 yards per touch for 76 yards on 11 carries.
Sonnichsen, Dylan Scally, Ja Thomas, and Lamb all found the end zone on rushes, with Thomas doing so twice and Zane Shilts closed two other scoring drives with field goals from 35 and 42 yards out. Shilts also went five-of-five in point-after attempts to remain perfect in his kicking duties through the season’s first four outings.
Taylor piled up 26 first downs in the victory, converted three fourth-down attempts and scored on all five trips to the red zone, with four of those drives ending in the end zone.
TIU entered Turner Stadium ranked No. 27 in the NAIA in passing offense, but had much more trouble moving the ball against the Taylor defense, and closed with only 105 yards through the air and just 231 total yards on the night.
Jacob Hockett and Hojun Yun led the Trojans in tackles posting 10 hits each, with Luke Corsten making several key plays and ending with a role in two sacks and four hits for lost yardage among his seven total stops.
As a defensive unit, Taylor posted season-highs with four sacks and eight tackles behind the line of scrimmage.
Taylor never trailed in the game, jumping to a 14-0 lead and then rattling off 17-straight points after seeing that margin cut to 14-12 deep into the second quarter. The Trojans then scored the final 10 points of the game to put the margin well out of reach.
Taylor (3-1, 1-0 MSFA) will remain at home to host Olivet Nazarene (0-2, 0-0 MSFA) on Saturday, September 24 at 7:00 pm inside Turner Stadium.
VINCENNES CROSS COUNTRY
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – The Vincennes University Men’s and Women’s Cross Country teams continue to show improvement after competing in the John McNichols Invitational hosted by Indiana State University at the LaVern Gibson Course Saturday morning.
The VU men’s team was led by freshman Mathew Keitany (Kenya) who led the Trailblazers again with a time of 27:16.6.
Freshman Isaac Stanford (Flora, Ill.) and sophomore Ernest Momodu (Indianapolis, Ind.) followed closely behind with Stanford crossing the line at 27:30.5 and Momodu finishing at 27:37.0.
Sophomore Reed Lawless (Kouts, Ind.) took the fourth spot for Vincennes at 28:37.5 and freshman Sol O’Blenis (Amboy, Ind.) finished fifth at 29:37.9.
Sophomores Trenton Faulkner (Wheatland, Ind.) and Ian Boit (Kimilili, Kenya) were the next VU runners across the line with Faulkner finishing at 30:05.8 and Boit at 30:07.7.
Freshmen Matthew Gray (Washington, Ind.), Elijah McCartney (Darlington, Ind.), Griffin Worzella (Martinsville, Ind.) and Brayden Green (Sumner, Ill.) finished strong with Gray ending at 30:21.2, McCartney at 30:48.0, Worzella at 31:56.0 and Green at 32:12.1.
Sophomore Kyle Baugh (Portage, Ind.) narrowly edged out freshman Connor Roberson (Delphi, Ind.) to round out the VU runners with Baugh finishing with a time of 34:33.4 and Roberson ending at 33:33.6.
Vincennes as a team placed 16th out of 19 teams, ahead of four-year programs Franklin, Evansville and Fontbonne.
VU was the only two-year program running Saturday morning, racing on a tough course against several NCAA Division I four-year programs.
“It was a good meet for the men and the women’s teams,” VU Assistant Cross Country and Track and Field Coach Tyler Steigenga said. “Most of the times were slower due to a much more challenging course but everyone took a step forward from two weeks ago.”
“We had the same one, two and three finishers as last meet, but today we had a much better fourth runner as Reed stepped up and ran closer to what he is capable of,” Steigenga added. “We are still waiting for someone to step up as a solid fifth runner, but hopefully that will happen in two weeks at Louisville.”
The VU women’s team had another strong showing Saturday morning as well, led out of the gate by sophomore Daisie Kinnett (Wheatland, Ind.) who finished at 20:39.3.
Freshman Ada Peterman (Clay, Ill.) and sophomore Brittany Page (Freelandville, Ind.) were the next VU runners to finish, with Peterman ending at 21:51.1 and Page finishing with a time of 21:58.6.
Sophomore Hope Laughlin (Olney, Ill.) placed fourth for VU ending at 22:32.9 and freshman Makenna Pruett (Montgomery, Ind.) rounded out the VU runners with a time of 25:24.2.
The Trailblazers’ women’s team finished 15th out of 18 teams, ahead of four-year programs Oakland City, Evansville and Rose-Hulman.
“Daisie did a great job leading the women’s team again,” Steigenga said. “Ada and Brittany worked together for most of the race and Hope looked better than two weeks ago after dealing with some nagging injuries. Makenna also ran a very tough race after being sick earlier this week.”
Vincennes will look to continue to improve in two weeks when VU travels to Louisville, Ky. to take part in the Live in Lou Classic Saturday, Oct. 1.
“Everyone is trending in the right direction,” Steigenga said. “I’m excited for some big breakthrough races in two weeks.”
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. – The Vincennes University Volleyball team closed out the four-game weekend tournament at Parkland College Saturday afternoon with a two-game split.
The Trailblazers began the day by picking up the three-set sweep over McHenry County 25-22, 25-23, 25-16 before returning to the floor to face host Parkland College where VU fell 21-25, 18-25, 15-25.
Vincennes began the day against McHenry County and quickly took the lead in set one. VU never trailed in the opening set as VU grabbed the early lead and held on to take set one 25-22.
The Trailblazers again grabbed an early lead in set two, behind a 4-0 run by freshman libero Morgan Netcott (Montague, Mich.).
McHenry County would manage to get their first lead of the game at 17-16, before Vincennes rallied to take the lead back.
The second set went the distance, with Vincennes holding on late to pick up the 25-23 win.
Set three saw VU grab an early 5-1 lead, before trading points throughout the early to middle parts of the set.
Vincennes used a 5-0 scoring run to build a nine-point lead late, which the Trailblazers would hold onto to close out set three and complete the sweep 25-16.
“Going into the McHenry game, I felt like we were going to win,” VU Assistant Coach Mike Misner said. “McHenry was down to their third setter. It wasn’t their team that they normally put on the court. They battled us, but it looked like we were going to win from the start.”
“We didn’t play with the emotion that we usually want in a game like that,” Misner added. “It was a good game. You want to win those games 3-0 and that’s what we did. I thought we took care of business. I would have liked to see more energy in that game because I told the team that we can’t play at that same energy level against Parkland.”
The Trailblazers were led offensively by freshman Paige Parlanti (Las Vegas, Nev.) who had another outstanding game, finishing with 17 kills, eight digs, one block assist and one ace.
Freshmen Audrey Buis (Franklin, Ind.) and Alexis Chrappa (Effingham, Ill.) each finished with four kills, with Buis adding four digs and a block and Chrappa adding three blocks and a dig.
Freshman Nisa Salis (Ankara, Turkey) and sophomore Malgorzata Banasiak (Gdynia, Poland) each recorded two kills against McHenry, with Salis adding a pair of blocks, two digs and an ace.
Freshman Tuana Turhan (Ankara, Turkey) and sophomore Hannah Graber (Montgomery, Ind.) rounded out the VU offense, each finishing with one kill. Turhan would add a pair of blocks and a dig, while Graber led the Blazers with 18 set assists, three digs and a pair of aces.
Freshman setter Maecy Johnson (Chrisman, Ill.) helped run the VU offense with Graber, with Johnson recording nine set assists, five digs and a pair of aces.
Morgan Netcott also recorded a pair of set assists, while also leading Vincennes with 12 digs and two aces.
Sophomore Lara Gomes de Castro (Sao Paulo, Brazil) closed out the VU box score, recording a pair of digs on the back row defensively.
After a short break the Blazers returned to the floor to close out the weekend tournament against host Parkland College.
Vincennes got an early jump on the host Cobras, before Parkland battled back to take the lead at 15-14.
VU would even the score but could not get the lead back as Parkland pulled away late to take set one 25-21.
Vincennes again took the lead early in set two, before Parkland answered back with three 3-0 scoring runs to take the lead and come away with the set two victory 25-18.
Parkland got looked to take complete control of the match in set three, using a 7-1 scoring run to take a four point lead.
Vincennes would try to answer back but the Cobras closed out the set on a 9-2 run to take set three and the match 25-15.
“We had a gameplan going in,” Misner said. “I got to sit and scout Parkland before our game. I had about seven bullet points to take to the team about. We wanted to funnel the ball cross court to our libero. Parkland likes to hit the ball cross court and I thought if we could keep them from hitting down the line, Morgan could dig the cross-court shots and in set one Parkland just hit everything to Morgan.”
“In sets two and three, they tried to start doing other things and we kept them from hitting line a little bit but they would get one down every now and then,” Misner added. “They also tipped at the next quite a bit, which we knew was going to happen and they got a couple of tips down. We just needed to play a little bit better defense.”
“Also defensively, I thought we blocked well,” Misner said. “This was probably one of our better blocking matches. We may not end up with the total numbers, but I thought this was one of our better blocking games that we have had all year. We typically have a good blocking team. We’ve been coming around a little slow this year with all of our freshmen. But I thought they did a great job. We got Nisa on the court and I thought she did an outstanding job, serving and playing defense at the net. Our right sides did a great job and our left sides had a job to do against Parkland’s middles. We were trying to take away their shots with our middles and our left sides did a great job of keeping them from hitting where they wanted.”
“We probably hurt ourselves more this game with our unforced errors,” Misner added. “If we don’t have those unforced errors, I think it’s a lot tighter game. The first two sets were tight anyway, but it could have been a difference between winning and losing. We hit a few balls from the back row out of bounds and we weren’t aggressive on a couple of swings and Parkland had easy blocks. Then we missed a couple of key serves. I thought we served tough. We are a good serving team and when we get our serves in, they are tough. We knew we weren’t going to get a lot of aces, but we wanted to take them out of their offense and I really think we did a good job of that.”
VU was again led offensively by Paige Parlanti who completed her 10th double-double of the season with 13 kills and 11 digs. Parlanti also added a block and an ace.
Audrey Buis ended her day with eight kills and two digs and Malgorzata Banasiak recorded six kills, two blocks and a dig.
Alexis Chrappa finished with three kills, three digs and a block, while Nisa Salis ended with two kills and three blocks.
Hannah Graber and Maecy Johnson again controlled the VU offense from the setter position, with Graber leading the way with 18 set assists, three digs and an ace and Johnson finishing with eight set assists, two digs and an ace.
Morgan Netcott would record a pair of set assists, while leading the Blazers with 18 digs, while Lara Gomes de Castro and Tuana Turhan each finished with a set assist. Gomes de Castro added six digs and Turhan finished with three digs.
The Trailblazers continue this long stretch of road games next week when VU travels to Carterville, Ill. for a Region 24 showdown against John A. Logan College Wednesday, Sept. 21. This match is set to begin at 7 p.m. eastern.
“We have to have the effort we just had against John A. Logan,” Misner said. “If we have that kind of effort then I think our chances are really good. This was probably the best effort we have had, in a tough match, this season. We’ve had some good efforts when we were winning easy, but that’s not hard to coach. But having the effort in a tough game from beginning to end is what you want.”
“There is probably not one match that could have better prepared us to go into a Region 24 game,” Misner added.
UPLAND, Ind. – For the second day in a row, the No. 19 Taylor volleyball team (15-3, 4-0 CL) won in three sets against a Crossroads-League foe, Saturday’s victim being the Cougars of RV Mount Vernon Nazarne (14-3, 1-3 CL).
Offensively and defensively, the Trojans controlled the flow of the game, posting a team hitting percentage of .308 and racking up 12.0 total team blocks. Sophomore, middle hitter, Grace Ieremia, was especially dominant in this way, totaling nine blocks for the second time this season.
Ieremia continues to rank second in the Crossroads League with an average of 1.22 blocks-per-set, now just .04 points behind the league-leader.
Meanwhile, after a mortal performance on Friday, Ryan Czerniak returned to her superhuman ways on Saturday, striking 12 kills in tandem with a single error en route to a .478 hitting percentage for the match.
Anna Frey contributed 10 kills herself, while Arlanda Faulkner and Jaylynn Dunsmore combined for 15 more.
Paving the way for Taylor’s brigade of kills was senior setter, Kacy Bragg, who posted 35 assists in TU’s three-set sweep of Mount Vernon Nazarene. Bragg now has a league-leading 697 assists on the season and 3,437 for her career, which sits just five away from surpassing Haley Harrell for seventh all-time in program history.
Bragg also recorded 10 digs and sent back five blocks, one more than Frey’s four. Thanks in large part to the numerous team blocks, Taylor limited the Cougar team hitting percentage to a mere .038, a significant gap from Taylor’s sharp percentage of .308.
The lone moment when it appeared Mount Vernon Nazarene had Taylor on the ropes came in the second set, when the Cougars crafted a 20-18 lead. After a strategic timeout, however, Taylor mounted its comeback, drawing even while the score read 23-23. At that point, MVNU appeared to have the set in its grasp, going up 24-23 and then again 25-24. Taylor finished the set with three-consecutive points, though, the final two each coming in the wake of Bragg-Ieremia assisted blocks.
After that second-set win, Taylor capitalized on a deflated Cougar spirit and cruised to a 25-11 third set win and its fourth match-sweep in a row.
No. 19 Taylor (15-3, 4-0 CL) is back in action on Wednesday, September 21, when the Trojans travel to take on Saint Francis (8-7, 2-1 CL) at 7:00 pm ET.
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|CINCINNATI||57||89||.390||29.5||29 – 43||28 – 46||12 – 22||24 – 38||10 – 22||1 – 9||L 3|
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|COLORADO||63||82||.434||37.5||40 – 34||23 – 48||10 – 24||15 – 16||29 – 31||6 – 4||W 1|
|AMERICAN FOOTBALL CONFERENCE|
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|MIAMI DOLPHINS||1||0||0||1.000||0.0||20||7||1-0-0||0-0-0||1-0-0||1-0-0||1 W|
|BUFFALO BILLS||1||0||0||1.000||0.0||31||10||0-0-0||1-0-0||0-0-0||0-0-0||1 W|
|NEW YORK JETS||0||1||0||.000||1.0||9||24||0-1-0||0-0-0||0-1-0||0-0-0||1 L|
|NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS||0||1||0||.000||1.0||7||20||0-0-0||0-1-0||0-1-0||0-1-0||1 L|
|W||L||T||PCT||GB||PF||PA||HOME||ROAD||VS. CONF||VS. DIV||STREAK|
|KANSAS CITY CHIEFS||2||0||0||1.000||0.0||71||45||1-0-0||1-0-0||1-0-0||1-0-0||2 W|
|LOS ANGELES CHARGERS||1||1||0||.500||1.0||48||46||1-0-0||0-1-0||1-1-0||1-1-0||1 L|
|DENVER BRONCOS||0||1||0||.000||1.5||16||17||0-0-0||0-1-0||0-0-0||0-0-0||1 L|
|LAS VEGAS RAIDERS||0||1||0||.000||1.5||19||24||0-0-0||0-1-0||0-1-0||0-1-0||1 L|
|W||L||T||PCT||GB||PF||PA||HOME||ROAD||VS. CONF||VS. DIV||STREAK|
|PITTSBURGH STEELERS||1||0||0||1.000||0.0||23||20||0-0-0||1-0-0||1-0-0||1-0-0||1 W|
|BALTIMORE RAVENS||1||0||0||1.000||0.0||24||9||0-0-0||1-0-0||1-0-0||0-0-0||1 W|
|CLEVELAND BROWNS||1||0||0||1.000||0.0||26||24||0-0-0||1-0-0||0-0-0||0-0-0||1 W|
|CINCINNATI BENGALS||0||1||0||.000||1.0||20||23||0-1-0||0-0-0||0-1-0||0-1-0||1 L|
|W||L||T||PCT||GB||PF||PA||HOME||ROAD||VS. CONF||VS. DIV||STREAK|
|HOUSTON TEXANS||0||0||1||.500||0.0||20||20||0-0-1||0-0-0||0-0-1||0-0-1||1 T|
|INDIANAPOLIS COLTS||0||0||1||.500||0.0||20||20||0-0-0||0-0-1||0-0-1||0-0-1||1 T|
|TENNESSEE TITANS||0||1||0||.000||0.5||20||21||0-1-0||0-0-0||0-0-0||0-0-0||1 L|
|JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS||0||1||0||.000||0.5||22||28||0-0-0||0-1-0||0-0-0||0-0-0||1 L|
|NATIONAL FOOTBALL CONFERENCE|
|W||L||T||PCT||GB||PF||PA||HOME||ROAD||VS. CONF||VS. DIV||STREAK|
|PHILADELPHIA EAGLES||1||0||0||1.000||0.0||38||35||0-0-0||1-0-0||1-0-0||0-0-0||1 W|
|WASHINGTON COMMANDERS||1||0||0||1.000||0.0||28||22||1-0-0||0-0-0||0-0-0||0-0-0||1 W|
|NEW YORK GIANTS||1||0||0||1.000||0.0||21||20||0-0-0||1-0-0||0-0-0||0-0-0||1 W|
|DALLAS COWBOYS||0||1||0||.000||1.0||3||19||0-1-0||0-0-0||0-1-0||0-0-0||1 L|
|W||L||T||PCT||GB||PF||PA||HOME||ROAD||VS. CONF||VS. DIV||STREAK|
|SEATTLE SEAHAWKS||1||0||0||1.000||0.0||17||16||1-0-0||0-0-0||0-0-0||0-0-0||1 W|
|ARIZONA CARDINALS||0||1||0||.000||1.0||21||44||0-1-0||0-0-0||0-0-0||0-0-0||1 L|
|LOS ANGELES RAMS||0||1||0||.000||1.0||10||31||0-1-0||0-0-0||0-0-0||0-0-0||1 L|
|SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS||0||1||0||.000||1.0||10||19||0-0-0||0-1-0||0-1-0||0-0-0||1 L|
|W||L||T||PCT||GB||PF||PA||HOME||ROAD||VS. CONF||VS. DIV||STREAK|
|MINNESOTA VIKINGS||1||0||0||1.000||0.0||23||7||1-0-0||0-0-0||1-0-0||1-0-0||1 W|
|CHICAGO BEARS||1||0||0||1.000||0.0||19||10||1-0-0||0-0-0||1-0-0||0-0-0||1 W|
|DETROIT LIONS||0||1||0||.000||1.0||35||38||0-1-0||0-0-0||0-1-0||0-0-0||1 L|
|GREEN BAY PACKERS||0||1||0||.000||1.0||7||23||0-0-0||0-1-0||0-1-0||0-1-0||1 L|
|W||L||T||PCT||GB||PF||PA||HOME||ROAD||VS. CONF||VS. DIV||STREAK|
|NEW ORLEANS SAINTS||1||0||0||1.000||0.0||27||26||0-0-0||1-0-0||1-0-0||1-0-0||1 W|
|TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS||1||0||0||1.000||0.0||19||3||0-0-0||1-0-0||1-0-0||0-0-0||1 W|
|CAROLINA PANTHERS||0||1||0||.000||1.0||24||26||0-1-0||0-0-0||0-0-0||0-0-0||1 L|
|ATLANTA FALCONS||0||1||0||.000||1.0||26||27||0-1-0||0-0-0||0-1-0||0-1-0||1 L|
X – CLINCHED PLAYOFF SPOT, Y – CLINCHED DIVISION, Z – CLINCHED HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE
TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY
1866 ANDREW JOHNSON BECOMES THE FIRST SITTING PRESIDENT TO WITNESS A BASEBALL GAME WHEN HE BRIEFLY ATTENDS AN AMATEUR CONTEST ON THE WHITE LOT, A FIELD DIRECTLY OPPOSITE THE WHITE HOUSE. THE HOMETOWN WASHINGTON NATIONALS LOSE, 33-28, TO THE VISITING BROOKLYN EXCELSIORS BUT COMPILE A 10-5 RECORD THIS SEASON.
1900 AT BROOKLYN’S WASHINGTON PARK, DEPUTY SHERIFF O’DONNELL SEIZES THE ST. LOUIS SHARE OF GATE RECEIPTS TO REIMBURSE RIGHT-HANDER GUS WEYHING, RECENTLY RELEASED BY THE CARDINALS AFTER POSTING A 3-4 RECORD IN EIGHT STARTS WITH THE TEAM. CANNONBALL, WHO WILL SIGN WITH THE SUPERBAS NEXT WEEK AS A FREE AGENT, CLAIMED HE DIDN’T RECEIVE TEN DAYS OF PAY.
1903 THE PIRATES, WITH THEIR DOUBLEHEADER SWEEP FROM THE BEANEATERS AT EXPOSITION PARK, GO NINE GAMES AHEAD OF NEW YORK WITH EIGHT GAMES TO PLAY TO CLINCH THE NATIONAL LEAGUE PENNANT. IN A DECISION MADE TODAY, PITTSBURGH WILL REPRESENT THE NATIONAL LEAGUE IN THE FIRST WORLD SERIES AGAINST THE UPSTART AMERICAN LEAGUE, PLAYING BOSTON, WHO CAPTURED THEIR CIRCUIT’S FLAG YESTERDAY.
1908 🇲🇽 BOB RHOADS, OUTDUELING FRANK ARELLANES, THE ONLY MEXICAN-AMERICAN PLAYING IN THE MAJORS, TOSSES A NO-HITTER, BEATING THE RED SOX AT CLEVELAND’S LEAGUE PARK, 2-1. FOUR YEARS AGO, THE INDIANS RIGHT-HANDER HELD BOSTON HITLESS UNTIL CHICK STAHL SINGLED WITH TWO OUTS IN THE NINTH INNING.
1930 THE YANKEES EDGE THE BROWNS AT SPORTSMAN’S PARK IN TEN INNINGS, 7-6, WITH NEW YORK STARTER RED RUFFING HELPING HIS OWN CAUSE BY HITTING TWO HOME RUNS DURING HIS SEVEN INNINGS OF WORK. THE FUTURE HALL OF FAME RIGHT-HANDER, WHO WILL HIT .258 IN 257 PINCH-HITTING APPEARANCES, COLLECTS 36 CAREER HOME RUNS, 34 OF THEM AS A PITCHER, FINISHING SECOND TO WES FERRELL’S TOTAL OF 37 WHEN HE COMPLETES HIS 22-YEAR TENURE IN THE MAJOR LEAGUES.
1932 IN THEIR LAST HOME GAMES OF THE SEASON, THREE THOUSAND FANS SEE THEIR HOMETOWN BROWNS SPLIT A TWIN BILL WITH YANKEES, DROPPING A 7-2 DECISION IN THE OPENER BEFORE WINNING THE NIGHTCAP IN TEN INNINGS, 2-1. THE SIXTH-PLACE AMERICAN LEAGUE CLUB ESTABLISHES THE RECORD FOR LOWEST YEARLY ATTENDANCE, ATTRACTING 112,558 PATRONS, AVERAGING ABOUT 1,500 FANS A GAME AT SPORTSMAN’S PARK IN ST. LOUIS.
1954 IN FRONT OF ONLY 6,913 FANS AT DETROIT’S BRIGG STADIUM, THE INDIANS, WITH A 3-2 WIN OVER DETROIT, CLINCH THE AMERICAN LEAGUE PENNANT AND FINISH EIGHT GAMES AHEAD OF THE YANKEES, WHO WON THE AL FLAG THE PREVIOUS FIVE SEASONS. THE TRIBE, WHO WILL SET AN AMERICAN LEAGUE RECORD WITH 111 VICTORIES, WILL BE SWEPT IN THE GIANTS’ WORLD SERIES.
1959 AFTER TIGER MANAGER JOE GORDON SAYS HE PLANS TO LEAVE THE TEAM AT THE END OF THE SEASON, GENERAL MANAGER FRANK LANE FIRES HIM FOUR DAYS LATER. AFTER REPORTED NEGOTIATIONS WITH LEO DUROCHER TO TAKE OVER THE HELM DO NOT PAN OUT, THE DETROIT GM CHANGES HIS MIND AND APOLOGIZES TO HIS SKIPPER, WHO DECIDES TO CONTINUE IN HIS POSITION.
1963 IN THE POLO GROUNDS’ FINAL GAME, PLAYED IN FRONT OF A PALTRY 1,752 PATRONS, JIM HICKMAN OF THE METS HITS THE LAST HOME RUN IN THE 52-YEAR HISTORY OF THE COOGAN’S BLUFF BALLPARK. THE ICONIC STADIUM, WHICH SERVED AS THE HOME OF THE GIANTS (1911-1957), YANKEES (1913-1922), AND METS (1962-63), FIRST OPENED ITS DOORS ON JUNE 28, 1911.
1967 AT TIGER STADIUM, THE RED SOX RALLY TO MOVE INTO A FIRST-PLACE TIE WITH DETROIT (85-66). THE LATE-INNING HEROICS BEGIN WITH CARL YASTRZEMSKI’S HOME RUN IN THE NINTH FRAME, WHICH TIES THE GAME AT 5-TO-5, AND WILL BE DECIDED WITH A SOLO HOMER IN THE TENTH HIT BY THIRD BASEMAN DALTON JONES, LEADING TO AN EVENTUAL 6-5 BOSTON VICTORY.
1968 AFTER BEING NO-HIT YESTERDAY BY GIANTS RIGHT-HANDER GAYLORD PERRY, THE CARDINAL HURLER RAY WASHBURN RETURNS THE FAVOR BY NO-HITTING SAN FRANCISCO, 2-0, MAKING THE HITLESS CONTESTS ON SUCCESSIVE DAYS A FIRST IN MAJOR LEAGUE HISTORY. THE 30-YEAR-OLD RIGHT-HANDER IS THE FOURTH REDBIRD PITCHER TO THROW A NO-NO IN FRANCHISE HISTORY AND THE FIRST SINCE LON WARNEKE’S GEM IN 1941
1970 THE METS PURCHASE DEAN CHANCE FROM THE INDIANS, BUT THE 1964 CY YOUNG AWARD WINNER WILL ONLY COMPILE A 0-1 RECORD ALONG WITH AN ERA OF 13.50 IN HIS THREE GAMES, ALL IN RELIEF, BEFORE BEING SENT TO DETROIT, ALONG WITH BILL DENEHY, IN AN OFF-SEASON TRADE WITH THE TIGERS. IN EXCHANGE, NEW YORK OBTAINS RIGHT-HANDER JERRY ROBERTSON, WHO WILL NEVER PITCH AGAIN IN A MAJOR LEAGUE GAME.
1971 CLAY KIRBY GOES THE DISTANCE, LIMITING THE GIANTS TO ONE HIT IN THE PADRES’ 2-1 VICTORY AT CANDLESTICK PARK. WILLIE MCCOVEY SPOILS THE RIGHT-HANDER’S BID FOR A NO-HITTER WHEN HE LEADS OFF THE BOTTOM OF THE EIGHTH INNING WITH A WIND-BLOWN HOME RUN.
1975 IN A 7-5 VICTORY OVER CHICAGO AT SHEA STADIUM, METS SLUGGER DAVE KINGMAN HITS HIS 35TH HOMER TO SET A NEW FRANCHISE RECORD FOR ROUND-TRIPPERS IN A SEASON. FRANK THOMAS SET THE PREVIOUS MARK IN 1962, THE TEAM’S FIRST YEAR.
1975 RUSTY STAUB BECOMES THE FIRST METS PLAYER IN THE FRANCHISE’S 14-YEAR HISTORY TO DRIVE IN ONE HUNDRED RUNS IN A SEASON. A FIFTH-INNING TWO-RUN BLAST OFF DONNIE MOORE ACCOUNTS FOR LE GRAND ORANGE’S 100TH RBI, CONTRIBUTING TO THE TEAM’S 7-5 COMEBACK VICTORY OVER THE CUBS AT SHEA STADIUM.
1976 INDIANS PLAYER-MANAGER FRANK ROBINSON, IN HIS FINAL MAJOR LEAGUE AT-BAT, STROKES A PINCH-HIT SINGLE IN A 4-3 LOSS TO BALTIMORE AT CLEVELAND STADIUM. THE 41-YEAR-OLD FUTURE HALL OF FAMER ENDS HIS 21-YEAR PLAYING CAREER WITH A BATTING AVERAGE OF .294 AND 586 HOME RUNS, THE FOURTH-BEST IN BASEBALL HISTORY AT THE TIME OF HIS RETIREMENT.
1977 IN FRONT OF A SELLOUT CROWD OF 51,798 AT MEMORIAL STADIUM ON ‘THANKS BROOKS DAY,’ RED SOX ROOKIE TED COX GOES 4-FOR-4, TYING THE BIG LEAGUE MARK SHARED BY CASEY STENGEL, WILLIE MCCOVEY, MACK JONES, AND FOREST JACOBS FOR THE MOST HITS IN A MAJOR LEAGUE DEBUT. THE PERFORMANCE IS ALSO THE START OF A HISTORIC TWO-GAME HITTING STREAK BY THE ROOKIE DH, WHO WILL COLLECT TWO HITS IN HIS FIRST TWO AT-BATS IN TOMORROW’S CONTEST TO BECOME THE ONLY BIG-LEAGUER TO BEGIN A CAREER WITH SIX CONSECUTIVE HITS.
1980 IN HIS 14TH MAJOR LEAGUE GAME, GARY WARD BECOMES THE SIXTH TWINS PLAYER TO HIT FOR THE CYCLE IN THE TEAM’S 9-8 LOSS AGAINST THE BREWERS AT COUNTY STADIUM. IN 2004, THE LEFT FIELDER’S SON DARYLE WILL ALSO COLLECT A SINGLE, DOUBLE, TRIPLE, AND A HOME RUN IN THE SAME GAME, MAKING THE PAIR THE FIRST FATHER-SON COMBINATION TO ACCOMPLISH THE RARE FEAT.
1984 THE TIGERS, WITH A 3-0 VICTORY OVER MILWAUKEE, CLINCH THE AMERICAN LEAGUE EAST TITLE TO BECOME ONLY THE FOURTH TEAM IN MAJOR LEAGUE HISTORY TO LEAD FROM START TO FINISH OF A SEASON. THE 1923 GIANTS, 1927 YANKEES, AND THE 1955 DODGERS ALSO LED THEIR CIRCUITS FROM WIRE TO WIRE.
1987 IN A SLUGFEST IN WHICH THE METS WILL LOSE 10-9 TO PITTSBURGH, DARRYL STRAWBERRY GETS THE TEAM OFF TO A GOOD START WHEN HE SLAMS A THREE-RUN HOME RUN OFF BRIAN FISCHER IN THE TOP OF THE FIRST INNING AT THREE RIVERS STADIUM. THE NEW YORK RIGHT FIELDER’S 37TH ROUND-TRIPPER ESTABLISHES A NEW FRANCHISE RECORD FOR HOMERS, PREVIOUSLY SET BY DAVE KINGMAN ON THIS DATE IN 1975.
1992 AT THREE RIVER STADIUM, BARRY BONDS CONNECTS HIS 30TH HOME RUN OF THE SEASON OFF PHILLIES’ RIGHT-HANDER TERRY MULHOLLAND IN THE PIRATES’ 5-2 VICTORY. THE HOME RUN GIVES THE PIRATES OUTFIELDER HIS SECOND 30/30 SEASON, EQUALING A FEAT ACCOMPLISHED ONLY BY BOBBY BONDS (HIS FATHER), WILLIE MAYS (HIS GODFATHER), HOWARD JOHNSON, AND RON GANT.
1993 MIKE STANLEY, WITH THE YANKEES TRAILING BY TWO RUNS WITH TWO OUTS IN THE BOTTOM OF THE NINTH, HITS A POP FLY TO LEFT FIELD FOR THE APPARENT THIRD OUT TO END THE GAME; HOWEVER, THIRD-BASE UMPIRE TIM WELKE CALLED TIME BEFORE THE PITCH WHEN A FAN JUMPED ONTO THE YANKEE STADIUM FIELD. GIVEN A SECOND CHANCE, THE BRONX BOMBER CATCHER SINGLES, FOLLOWED BY A WADE BOGGS HIT, A WALK TO DION JAMES, AND A DON MATTINGLY SINGLE THAT DRIVES IN TWO RUNS TO BEAT THE RED SOX, 4-3.
1994 PBS AIRS KEN BURNS BASEBALL, A NINE-PART DOCUMENTARY THAT EXPLORES THE RELATIPBS AIRS KEN BURNS BASEBALL, A NINE-PART DOCUMENTARY THAT EXPLORES THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE SPORT AND SOCIETY BY USING ARCHIVED PICTURES, FILM FOOTAGE, AND A SOUNDTRACK OF INTERVIEWS AND THE MUSIC OF THE TIMES. THE 1995 PRIMETIME EMMY AWARDS WINNER FOR THE OUTSTANDING INFORMATIONAL SERIES ENJOYS AN AUDIENCE OF 45 MILLION VIEWERS, MAKING THE 18.5-HOUR MINISERIES THE MOST-WATCHED PROGRAM IN PUBLIC TELEVISION HISTORY.
1996 IN HIS FINAL VICTORY WEARING A RED SOX UNIFORM, ROGER CLEMENS TIES HIS RECORD FOR PUNCHOUTS IN A GAME WHEN HE STRIKES OUT 20 BATTERS IN A NINE-INNING GAME, GOING THE DISTANCE IN THE TEAM’S 4-0 VICTORY IN DETROIT. THE ‘ROCKET’ FIRST ACHIEVED THE FEAT A DECADE EARLIER AGAINST THE MARINERS.
1997 IN A GAME IN WHICH THE BRAVES BECOME THE FIRST FRANCHISE TO CLINCH SIX CONSECUTIVE POSTSEASON BERTHS, THE TEAM ESTABLISHES A NEW MAJOR LEAGUE RECORD FOR GRAND SLAMS. IN THE FIRST INNING OF A 10-2 ROUT OVER NEW YORK, RYAN KLESKO BLASTS THE CLUB’S TWELFTH FOUR-RUN HOMER OF THE SEASON, SURPASSING THE MARK SET LAST YEAR BY BOTH THE ORIOLES AND MARINERS.
1999 SLAMMIN’ SAMMY SOSA BECOMES THE FIRST PLAYER IN MAJOR LEAGUE HISTORY TO HIT 60 HOMERS IN A SEASON TWICE WHEN HE HITS A SIXTH-INNING SOLO SHOT OFF RIGHT-HANDER JASON BERE IN THE CUBS’ 7-4 LOSS TO THE BREWERS AT WRIGLEY FIELD. THE 30-YEAR-OLD DOMINICAN OUTFIELDER HIT 66 HOME RUNS IN LAST SEASON’S HISTORIC HOME RUN RACE WITH MARK MCGWIRE.
2000 IN BETWEEN HIS FIRST AND SIXTH-INNING HOME RUNS, VLADIMIR GUERRERO’S OLDER BROTHER WILTON GOES DEEP IN THE FOURTH FRAME OF THE EXPOS’ 11-4 ROUT OF THE MARLINS AT MONTREAL’S OLYMPIC STADIUM. THE THREE HOME RUNS STROKED BY THE SIBLINGS, WHO HAVE NOW GONE DEEP IN THE SAME GAME A RECORD-SETTING FOUR TIMES, ARE ALL HIT OFF FLORIDA STARTER JESUS SANCHEZ.
2000 INDIAN HURLER BARTOLO COLON, PITCHING A ONE-HITTER AGAINST THE YANKEES, NEARLY ENDS THE LONGEST STREAK IN MAJOR LEAGUE HISTORY OF A TEAM BEING HELD HITLESS BY ITS OPPONENTS. THE BRONX BOMBERS HAVE NOT BEEN DENIED A HIT IN A GAME SINCE HOYT WILHELM ACCOMPLISHED THE FEAT ON SEPTEMBER 9, 1958, A SPAN OF 6,637 CONTESTS.
2002 NOT TOO FLEET-OF-FOOT, GREG COLBRUNN HITS AN IMPROBABLE TRIPLE IN HIS LAST TURN AT-BAT TO COMPLETE THE CYCLE. THE DIAMONDBACKS’ FIRST BASEMAN HAS FIVE HITS, INCLUDING A PAIR OF TWO-RUN HOMERS, IN THE TEAM’S 10-3 VICTORY OVER THE PADRES AT QUALCOMM STADIUM.
2002 MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL TEAMS CELEBRATE THE FIRST ANNUAL “ROBERTO CLEMENTE DAY.” EACH HOME TEAM’S RECIPIENT OF THE JOHN HANCOCK’S ROBERTO CLEMENTE AWARD WILL BE RECOGNIZED (WITH THE BALANCE GIVEN WHEN THE ROAD TEAM ARRIVES HOME) WITH THE AWARD’S NATIONAL RECIPIENT, CHOSEN FROM AMONG THE 30 CLUB HONOREES, WILL BE ANNOUNCED DURING THE WORLD SERIES.
2004 FOR THE FIRST TIME IN SEVENTY YEARS, JAPANESE PROFESSIONAL BASEBALL PLAYERS GO ON STRIKE, PROTESTING THE NIPPON LEAGUE’S THREAT TO MERGE TWO TEAMS. THE WORK ACTION, WHICH WILL LAST FOR ONLY TWO DAYS, APPEARS TO WORK WHEN TEAM OWNERS WITHDRAW THE MERGER PROPOSAL.
2005 THE RANGERS ESTABLISH A NEW MAJOR LEAGUE RECORD FOR HOME RUNS HIT AT HOME WHEN DAVID DELLUCCI, ALFONSO SORIANO, AND ROD BARAJAS ALL GO YARD AS TEXAS BEATS THE MARINERS, 8-6. THE POWER SURGE GIVES THE TEAM 150 HOMERS AT AMERIQUEST FIELD, ONE MORE THAN THE ROCKIES’ OUTPUT AT COORS FIELD IN 1996.
2006 HAVING ACCOMPLISHED THE FEAT WITH THE INDIANS AND PHILLIES, WHITE SOX DH JIM THOME BECOMES ONLY THE SECOND BIG LEAGUER TO HIT 40 HOME RUNS WITH THREE DIFFERENT TEAMS WHEN HE GOES DEEP IN AN 8-2 LOSS TO DETROIT AT U.S. CELLULAR FIELD. ALEX RODRIGUEZ ALSO REACHED THE MILESTONE WITH THE MARINERS, RANGERS, AND YANKEES
2006 IN FRONT OF AN ENTHUSIASTIC SHEA STADIUM CROWD OF 46,729, THE METS CAPTURE THE NL EAST TITLE FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE 1988 BY BEATING THE MARLINS, 4-0. THE CONTEST MARKS THE TEAM’S FIFTH ATTEMPT TO CLINCH THE DIVISION, BUT A ROAD LOSS IN FLORIDA AND BEING SWEPT IN PITTSBURGH BROUGHT THE CHAMPAGNE CELEBRATION HOME TO THE BIG APPLE.
2006 THE DODGERS, WHO ARE LAST IN THE NATIONAL LEAGUE IN HOMERS, HIT FOUR CONSECUTIVE HOME RUNS IN AN INNING WHEN JEFF KENT, J.D. DREW, RUSSELL MARTIN, AND MARLON ANDERSON ALL GO DEEP IN THE BOTTOM OF THE NINTH TO TIE THE PADRES, 9-9. THE IMPROBABLE FEAT, ACCOMPLISHED ONLY BY THE 1964 TWINS, 1963 INDIANS, AND THE 1961 BRAVES, LEADS TO NOMAR GARCIAPARRA’S WALK-OFF TWO-RUN HOMER IN THE TENTH AND SOLE POSSESSION OF FIRST PLACE WHEN LOS ANGELES BEAT THE FRIARS, 11-10.
2007 IN THE BOTTOM OF THE NINTH INNING WITH TWO OUTS, TODD HELTON HOMERS ON A TWO-STRIKE PITCH THROWN BY TAKASHI SAITO, GIVING THE DIAMONDBACKS A 9-8 WALK-OFF VICTORY AND A THREE-GAME SWEEP OF THE DODGERS AT COORS FIELD. THE UNLIKELY OUTCOME MARKS THE THIRD OF 11 CONSECUTIVE WINS FOR THE EVENTUAL NATIONAL LEAGUE CHAMPS.
2007 GREG MADDUX BREAKS CY YOUNG’S MAJOR LEAGUE RECORD BY GETTING HIS 13TH WIN FOR THE 20TH CONSECUTIVE SEASON. THE PADRES VETERAN RIGHT-HANDER’S STREAK OF NOT ISSUING A BASE ON BALLS IN 59.2 INNINGS ENDS WHEN JASON BAY WALKS ON A FULL COUNT IN THE THIRD INNING OF A 5-3 VICTORY OVER THE PIRATES AT PETCO PARK.
2007 MIKE MUSSINA BECOMES THE FIRST AMERICAN LEAGUE HURLER TO WIN 10+ GAMES IN 16 CONSECUTIVE SEASONS WHEN NEW YORK DEFEATS THE ORIOLES AT THE YANKEE STADIUM, 12-0. ‘MOOSE’ JOINS HALL OF FAMERS STEVE CARLTON (18), WARREN SPAHN (17), NOLAN RYAN (16), DON SUTTON (17), CY YOUNG (19), AND FUTURE INDUCTEE GREG MADDUX (20) AS ONE OF ONLY SEVEN PLAYERS IN BASEBALL HISTORY TO HAVE VICTORIES IN THE DOUBLE-DIGITS OVER A SIMILAR PERIOD OF TIME
2010 AT CITI FIELD, LUIS HERNANDEZ FALLS TO THE GROUND IN OBVIOUS PAIN WHEN HE FOULS A BALL OFF HIS RIGHT FOOT, AND AFTER A LENGTHY DISCUSSION, DISMISSES THE TEAM TRAINER TO RESUME HIS TURN AT-BAT. THE METS’ SECOND BASEMAN HITS A HOME RUN ON THE NEXT PITCH HE SEES BUT SEVERELY LIMPS ROUNDING THE BASES, REMINISCENT OF KIRK GIBSON, BARELY MAKING IT HOME DUE TO THE BROKEN FOOT THAT WILL END HIS SEASON.
2010 TROY TULOWITZKI, WITH TWO ROUND-TRIPPERS IN THE ROCKIES’ 12-2 ROUT OF LA, TIES A MAJOR-LEAGUE RECORD WITH 14 HOMERS IN A 15-GAME SPAN. THE COLORADO SLUGGING SHORTSTOP, WHO HAS FOUR MULTI-HOMER GAMES IN THE PREVIOUS TEN CONTESTS, JOINS ALBERT BELLE (1995) AND BARRY BONDS (2001) AS THE THIRD PLAYER TO ACCOMPLISH THE FEAT.
2010 AFTER FINISHING A VICTORY SHORT OF THE MILESTONE TWICE DURING HIS DISTINGUISHED CAREER, CC SABATHIA BECOMES A 20-GAME WINNER FOR THE FIRST TIME WHEN THE YANKEES BEAT THE ORIOLES 11-3. THE LEFT-HANDER, WHO LEADS BOTH LEAGUES IN VICTORIES, IS THE FOURTH BRONX BOMBER SINCE 2000 TO REACH THE PLATEAU, ADDING HIS NAME TO A LIST THAT INCLUDES ROGER CLEMENS (2001), ANDY PETTITTE (2003), AND MIKE MUSSINA (2008).
2013 REDS’ ROOKIE BILLY HAMILTON GETS ON BASE FIVE TIMES, GOING 3-FOR-4 WITH TWO WALKS, TWO RUNS SCORED, AND AN RBI. THE CINCINNATI SPEEDY CENTER FIELDER, WHO STOLE 155 BASES IN THE MINORS LAST SEASON, BECOMES THE FIRST MAJOR LEAGUER SINCE 1920 TO STEAL FOUR BASES IN HIS FIRST MAJOR LEAGUE START.
2013 YADIER MOLINA STROKES HIS 41ST DOUBLE OF THE SEASON IN THE CARDINALS’ 4-3 VICTORY OVER COLORADO, BREAKING THE MARK FOR TWO-BAGGERS BY A CATCHER. THE ST. LOUIS BACKSTOP, WHO WILL FINISH THE YEAR WITH 44 DOUBLES, SURPASSES THE RECORD ESTABLISHED IN 1978 BY TED SIMMONS, WHO ALSO PLAYED FOR THE REDBIRDS.
2019 BRUCE BOCHY, FINISHING HIS 25TH AND FINAL SEASON AT THE HELM, BECOMES THE 11TH BIG LEAGUE MANAGER TO REACH THE 2,000-WIN PLATEAU WHEN THE GIANTS ROUT THE RED SOX, 11-3, AT FENWAY PARK. THE SAN FRANCISCO SKIPPER, JOINS HALL OF FAMERS CONNIE MACK (3,731), JOHN MCGRAW (2,763), TONY LA RUSSA (2,728), BOBBY COX (2,504), JOE TORRE (2,326), SPARKY ANDERSON (2,194), BUCKY HARRIS (2,158), JOE MCCARTHY (2,125), WALTER ALSTON (2,040) AND LEO DUROCHER (2,008) TO REACH THE MILESTONE.
WORLD SERIES HISTORY-1989
OAKLAND ATHLETICS (4) VS SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS (0)
THE FINAL FALL CLASSIC OF THE 1980’S IS NOT REMEMBERED FOR THE GAMES THAT TOOK PLACE WITHIN THE TWO BAY AREA BALLPARKS. IT IS REMEMBERED FOR THE TRAGEDY AND HEROISM THAT TOOK PLACE JUST OUTSIDE OF THEM. THE SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS HAD FINALLY RETURNED TO POST-SEASON PLAY AFTER STRUGGLING FOR SEVERAL YEARS WHILE REBUILDING ITS ONCE GREAT DYNASTY. THEIR NEARBY RIVALS, THE OAKLAND ATHLETICS, HAD JUST BEEN BEATEN BY THE LOS ANGELES DODGERS FOUR GAMES TO ONE AND WERE DETERMINED TO MAKE AMENDS FOR THEIR POOR SHOWING IN THE ’88 AFFAIR.
THE ATHLETICS DAVE STEWART TOOK THE FIRST STEP IN GAME 1 AND DOMINATED THE NATIONAL LEAGUE CHAMPIONS BY PITCHING A FIVE-HIT, SIX-STRIKEOUT, SHUTOUT FOR THE 5-0 OPENING VICTORY. GAME 2 LOOKED VERY MUCH THE SAME AS OAKLAND’S ROTATION RULED THE MOUND. MIKE MOORE (WHO WENT SEVEN INNINGS) AND RELIEVERS RICK HONEYCUTT AND DENNIS ECKERSLEY COMBINED FOR A 5-1, FOUR-HITTER THAT WAS SUPPORTED BY TERRY STEINBACH’S THREE RUN HOME RUN OFF RICK REUSCHEL. IF IT WAS RESPECT THE A’S WANTED, MANAGER TONY LA RUSSA’S TEAM WAS CERTAINLY ON THE RIGHT TRACK.
AS THE SERIES SHIFTED ACROSS THE BAY TO SAN FRANCISCO’S CANDLESTICK PARK, 60,000+ FANS WERE ANXIOUSLY AWAITING A HOME TEAM COMEBACK. AT EXACTLY 5:00 PM ON OCTOBER 17TH, THE PRE-GAME FORMALITIES GOT UNDERWAY AS BOTH LINE-UPS TOOK THE FIELD FOR THEIR INTRODUCTIONS. FOUR MINUTES LATER THE EARTH SHOOK VIOLENTLY AS A 6.9 EARTHQUAKE ROCKED THE ENTIRE BAY AREA. AMAZINGLY, THE CROWD AND PLAYERS REMAINED RELATIVELY CALM DESPITE THE SWAYING PRESS BOXES AND SUDDEN LOSS OF POWER. MOST LIVE RADIO AND TV BROADCASTS WERE TEMPORARILY KNOCKED OFF THE AIR AND MANY DID NOT KNOW THE EXTENT OF THE DAMAGE OUTSIDE THE WALLS OF CANDLESTICK. LUCKILY THE BALLPARK HAD HELD UP DURING THE DISASTER SAVING MANY LIVES, BUT THE SURROUNDING AREA WAS NOT AS FORTUNATE. IN THE END SIXTY-SEVEN PEOPLE DIED AND THE MILES OF CRUMBLED BUILDINGS AND COLLAPSED ROADS COST BILLIONS TO REPAIR. COMMISSIONER FAY VINCENT IMMEDIATELY ANNOUNCED THE POSTPONEMENT OF GAME 3 AND EVERYONE WAS ORDERED TO VACATE THE STADIUM BEFORE DARKNESS SET IN. TWENTY-FOUR HOURS LATER IT WAS DECIDED THAT THE CONTEST WOULD BE POSTPONED FOR TEN DAYS MOVING THE THIRD OUTING TO OCTOBER 27TH. WHILE SOME CRITICS CALLED FOR CANCELLATION OF THE REMAINDER OF THE SERIES (IN RESPECT TO THE EARTHQUAKE VICTIMS) MOST FELT THAT IT WOULD BE BETTER TO MOVE ON AS PART OF THE AREA’S HEALING PROCESS.
AFTER THE DIFFICULT PERIOD PASSED, OAKLAND RETURNED JUST AS THEY HAD LEFT WITH A RECORD-TYING FIVE HOME RUNS INCLUDING TWO BY DAVE HENDERSON AND ONE EACH BY JOSE CANSECO, CARNEY LANSFORD AND TONY PHILLIPS. A WELL-RESTED STEWART HELD THE GIANTS TO THREE RUNS AND FIVE HITS FOR THE 13-7 TRIUMPH. THE VICTORY MADE STEWART, (WINNER OF SIXTY-TWO REGULAR-SEASON GAMES IN THE LAST THREE YEARS) THE FIRST MAN IN HISTORY TO RECORD TWO VICTORIES IN THE SAME SEASON IN BOTH THE LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES AND THE FALL CLASSIC. SAN FRANCISCO WAS NEVER ABLE TO RECOVER AS THE A’S CRUISED TO AN 8-0 LEAD AFTER 4½ INNINGS IN GAME 4. RICKEY HENDERSON HAD STARTED THE RALLY WITH AN OPENING HOMER IN THE FIRST AND MOORE NAILED A 0-2 PITCH FROM DON ROBINSON FOR A TWO RUN DOUBLE IN THE ATHLETICS’ FOUR RUN OUTBURST. THE GIANTS RALLIED FOR TWO RUNS IN THE SIXTH AND FOUR MORE IN THE SEVENTH, BUT THE A’S CLUTCH RELIEF PITCHING FROM TODD BURNS AND ECKERSLEY, HELD ON FOR A 9-6 VICTORY THAT WRAPPED UP THE SERIES TITLE.
IN THE END, THE BITTERSWEET CHAMPIONSHIP WAS DEDICATED TO THE VICTIMS OF THE SAN FRANCISCO EARTHQUAKE AND MANY RESIDENTS THOUGH DISAPPOINTED BY THE GIANTS LOSS, WERE GRATEFUL THAT BASEBALL WAS THERE (AS IT ALWAYS WAS) TO HELP EASE THEIR PAIN.
ALL-STAR GAME HISTORY-1997
THE AMERICAN LEAGUE WAS STILL SUFFERING FROM THE PREVIOUS YEAR’S SHUTOUT AND WAS DETERMINED TO MAKE A COMEBACK IN CLEVELAND. THEY GOT THEIR WISH DUE TO THE LATE-GAME HEROICS OF INDIANS CATCHER SANDY ALOMAR, JR., WHO THRILLED HIS HOMETOWN FANS WITH A TWO-RUN, GAME-DECIDING HOME RUN IN THE SEVENTH INNING.
A REPEAT OF THE ’95 CLASSIC, THE NATIONAL LEAGUE HITTERS MANAGED ONLY THREE HITS OFF OF EIGHT AMERICAN LEAGUE PITCHERS. BOTH TEAMS TRADED SOLO HOME RUNS WITH SEATTLE’S EDGAR MARTINEZ HITTING ONE IN THE SECOND INNING AND ATLANTA’S JAVIER LOPEZ BECOMING THE ELEVENTH PLAYER TO HOMER IN HIS FIRST ALL-STAR GAME AT-BAT IN THE SEVENTH.
IN THE BOTTOM OF THE SEVENTH, BERNIE WILLIAMS DREW A ONE-OUT WALK FROM THE GIANTS SHAWN ESTES. ONE OUT LATER, ALOMAR BECAME THE FIRST ALL-STAR TO EARN MOST VALUABLE PLAYER HONORS IN HIS HOME BALLPARK WHEN HE BLASTED AN ESTES PITCH INTO THE LEFT FIELD BLEACHERS. THE AMERICAN LEAGUE WAS BACK AND THEY WERE ONLY GETTING STARTED.
HALL OF FAME BIRTHDAY’S
SEPTEMBER 18, 1938 – IN MAYBE ONE OF THE MOST DEFENSIVELY DOMINATED GAMES IN HISTORY, THE CHICAGO BEARS DEFEATED THE GREEN BAY PACKERS BY A MERE SAFETY BEING THE ONLY SCORING IN THE ENTIRE CONTEST! BEARS 2, PACKERS 0. ACCORDING TO REPORTS THE GREEN BAY SQUAD SEEMED TO OUTPLAY THE BEARS MOST OF THE GAME IN A TORRENTIAL DOWNPOUR. GREEN BAY MOVED THE BALL DECENTLY BUT MISSED THREE FIELD GOALS DUE IN PART TO THE SLOPPY CONDITIONS. THE SCORE HAPPENED ON THE SECOND PLAY OF THE FOURTH STANZA WHEN BEARS GUARD TOM JONES JUMPED ON AN ERRANT BACKWARDS PASS BY THE PACKER’S ARNIE HERBER FOR THE 2 POINTER. GREEN BAY HAD THEIR CHANCE WITH JUST A FEW TICKS REMAINING ON THE CLOCK BUT A 37 YARD FIELD GOAL ATTEMPT BY GREEN BAY KICKER CLARKE HINKLE WENT LEFT OF THE POSTS AND THE BEARS RAN OUT THE REMAINING TIME FOR THE “W”.
SEPTEMBER 18, 1966 – JOHNNY UNITAS SURPASSES Y.A. TITTLE AS THE NFL’S CAREER PASSING TOUCHDOWN LEADER AS JOHNNY U. TOSSES 4 SCORING STRIKES IN A BALTIMORE COLTS WIN OVER THE MINNESOTA VIKINGS BY THE SCORE OF 38-23. TITTLE’S RECORD WAS 212 TOUCHDOWN PASSES. UNITAS WENT ON TO THROW A BUNCH MORE AS HE FINISHED HIS GREAT CAREER WITH A TOTAL OF 290 SCORING THROWS! NO WONDER HE WAS CALLED THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN ARM!
SEPTEMBER 18, 1983 – THE NEW ORLEANS SAINTS POST THE FRANCHISE’S VERY FIRST OVERTIME WIN IN HISTORY AS THEY OVERCOME THE CHICAGO BEARS BY A FIELD GOAL IN THE EXTRA STANZA BY THE SCORE OF 34-31.
SEPTEMBER 18, 1991 – THE NCAA PENALIZES THE UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE WITH TWO YEARS OF PROBATION DUE TO CONFIRMED FOOTBALL RECRUITING VIOLATIONS.
SEPTEMBER 18, 1910 – ERNIE “PUG” RENTNER WAS A FORMER HALFBACK AND QUARTERBACK FROM NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY. PUG RENTNER WAS A DUAL THREAT. HIS POWERFUL LOWER BODY AND GRACEFUL CONTROL ALLOWED HIM TO SLASH THROUGH WOULD-BE TACKLERS. PUG’S STRONG ARM AND LARGE HANDS ALLOWED HIM TO RIFLE PASSES OF 60 YARDS OR MORE THROUGH THE AIR WITH UNCANNY ACCURACY. OFFENSIVE PLAY WAS NOT HIS ONLY TALENT THOUGH, AS HE WAS KNOWN TO REEL OFF LONG RETURN YARDS ON PUNTS, KICKS AND INTERCEPTIONS. THE 1931 WILDCAT’S FOOTBALL TEAM WAS SPECIAL AS THEY DEFEATED EVERY OPPONENT THEY PLAYED. IT LOOKED LIKE THEY MIGHT GO UNDEFEATED, AND HAD ONE GAME REMAINING, A CHARITY CONTEST WITH PURDUE UNIVERSITY. THE WILDCATS WERE HEAVILY FAVORED IN THE GAME, BUT THE NIGHT PRIOR TO THE CONTEST SEVERAL MEMBERS OF THE NORTHWESTERN TEAM WERE INVOLVED IN AN ELEVATOR ACCIDENT. THOUGH NO ONE WAS INJURED, THE TEAM WAS SHOOK, AND PURDUE CAPITALIZED ON THE LESS THAN STELLAR PLAY BY THE CATS AND GAVE NORTHWESTERN ITS ONLY LOSS OF THE SEASON. AFTER THE 1931 SEASON ERNIE WAS SELECTED TO THE COLLEGE FOOTBALL ALL-AMERICAN TEAM. AFTER COLLEGE, RENTNER PLAYED PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALL FOR BOTH THE BOSTON REDSKINS AND THE CHICAGO BEARS. THE NATIONAL FOOTBALL FOUNDATION SELECTED HIM TO ENTER THE CORRIDORS OF THE COLLEGE FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME IN 1979.
SEPTEMBER 18, 1926 – SKIP MINISI WAS A FORMER HALFBACK THAT PLAYED FOR THE UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA AND FOR THE NAVY MIDSHIPMEN FOOTBALL PROGRAMS IN THE MID 1940’S. SKIP PLAYED FOR THE PENN QUAKERS IN 1944, AND THEN WHILE SERVING HIS COUNTRY IN WORLD WAR II PLAYED THE 1945 AS A MEMBER OF THE NAVAL ACADEMY FOOTBALL TEAM. MINISI AFTER HIS SERVICE RETURNED TO HIS STUDIES AT THE UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA AND COMPETED FOR THE QUAKERS ONCE AGAIN IN 1946 AND 1947. MINISI’S IMPACT WAS ALMOST IMMEDIATE IN ’44 AS HE AIDED THE QUAKERS IN AN IMPROBABLE VICTORY OVER THE STRONG DUKE BLUE DEVILS BY HIS FINE PLAY. THAT SAME SEASON THE UNDERCLASSMEN COMPLETED A 69 YARD PICK-SIX AGAINST DARTMOUTH COLLEGE, AND IN THE MICHIGAN GAME TORE OFF A 67 YARD TOUCHDOWN RUN. IN 1945 AS A MIDSHIPMEN PLAYER HE HELPED DISRAIL HIS BELOVED PENN TEAM BY CATCHING A LAST MINUTE PASS FROM NAVY QB TOM HAMILTON TO GIVE THE MIDDIES A 14-7 VICTORY OVER THE QUAKERS. THAT HAD TO BE BITTER SWEET FOR MANY IN THE STADIUM THAT DAY! BUT THE VERY NEXT SEASON, IN 1946, MINISI BACK IN A QUAKER UNIFORM WAS INSTRUMENTAL IN A VICTORY OVER HIS FORMER NAVY TEAMMATES. WOW WHAT A ROLLERCOASTER OF EVENTS! AFTER COLLEGE SKIP WENT INTO THE PRACTICE OF LAW IN THE PHILADELPHIA AREA AND IN HIS SPARE TIME HEADED UP THE EASTERN ASSOCIATION OF INTERCOLLEGIATE FOOTBALL OFFICIALS. SKIP MINISI WAS ENSHRINED INTO THE COLLEGE FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME IN 1985.
SEPTEMBER 18, 1955 – BILLY SIMS WAS A FORMER RUNNING BACK FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA. AS A FRESHMAN RESERVE, BILLY WAS A PART OF OKLAHOMA’S NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM OF 1975. AN EARLY SEASON INJURY DERAILED HIS PARTICIPATION IN THE 1976 SEASON BUT BECAUSE OF SO FEW MINUTES LOGGED THAT YEAR, THE NCAA GRANTED SIMS AN EXTRA YEAR OF ELIGIBILITY. DID BILLY SIMMS EVER MAKE THAT EXTRA TIME COUNT. WITH HARD WORK IN REHAB AND RECUPERATION SIMS TURNED INTO A SUPERSTAR COLLEGE FOOTBALL RUNNING BACK. IN 1978 HE BANGED OUT 1762 YARDS ON THE GROUND AND CAME BACK IN 1979 WITH OVER 1500 YARDS RUSHED. HE COMBINED TO FIND THE ENDZONE 42 TIMES IN HIS JUNIOR AND SENIOR SEASONS AND EARNED THE ASSOCIATED PRESS AND UNITED PRESS INTERNATIONAL’S PLAYER OF THE YEAR HONORS IN 1978 AND WAS AWARDED THE HEISMAN TROPHY. AFTER THE 1979 SEASON HE TOOK SECOND IN HEISMAN VOTING TO USC’S STANDOUT RUSHER CHARLES WHITE. THE DETROIT LIONS DRAFTED BILLY IN 1979’S NFL DRAFT AND HE PLAYED IN THE MOTOR CITY FOR FOUR SEASONS UNTIL HE SUFFERED A CAREER ENDING KNEE INJURY. BILLY SIMS WAS INVITED INTO THE COLLEGE FOOTBALL HALL OF FAME IN 1995.
FOOTBALL HALL OF FAMERS
WILBUR “PETE” HENRY SIGNED WITH THE CANTON BULLDOGS THE SAME DAY – SEPTEMBER 17, 1920 – THAT THE NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE (FIRST KNOWN AS THE AMERICAN PROFESSIONAL FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION) WAS BEING ORGANIZED IN CANTON, OHIO. IN THE CANTON REPOSITORY THE NEXT DAY, THE HENRY ACQUISITION WAS BANNER-HEADLINE NEWS WHILE THE BIRTH OF THE NEW PRO FOOTBALL LEAGUE WAS RELEGATED TO PAGE THREE.
IT’S UNDERSTANDABLE THAT THE NEWSPAPER EDITOR COULD NOT HAVE GRASPED THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE LEAGUE MEETING. UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCE, HENRY WAS AN ESTABLISHED SUPERSTAR, A VALUABLE ADDITION TO THE CANTON TEAM AND WORTHY OF HEADLINE ATTENTION. AT FIRST GLANCE, HOWEVER, HENRY DID NOT LOOK LIKE A FOOTBALL PLAYER.
SEEMINGLY BOTH SHORT AND PUDGY, HE LOOKED SOFT AND FAT AT 5-11 IN AND WEIGHING 245. BUT HIS LOOKS WERE TRULY DECEIVING. HENRY HAD THE SWIFT REFLEXES OF A MAN-EATING TIGER. GOOD-NATURED, EASY-GOING AND PRONE TO LAUGHTER OFF THE FIELD, HE WAS AN UNCOMPROMISING COMPETITOR ON THE GRIDIRON. FOR THE BULLDOGS, WHO WON NFL CHAMPIONSHIPS IN BOTH 1922 AND 1923, HENRY WAS A MAJOR CONTRIBUTOR. AMONG HIS GAME HEROICS WAS A 40-YARD FIELD GOAL THAT TIED AKRON, 3-3, AND PRESERVED CANTON’S UNBEATEN SEASON IN 1922.
HENRY DID MUCH MORE THAN JUST BLOCK AND TACKLE WITH MONOTONOUS EFFICIENCY. VERSATILE, HE WAS EVEN USED OCCASIONALLY ON A “TACKLE OVER TACKLE” PLAY. “FATS,” AS HE WAS ALSO KNOWN, WAS A SUPERIOR PUNTER, PLACEKICKER AND DROPKICKER AND, FOR MANY YEARS HELD A SPOT IN THE NFL RECORD BOOK FOR HIS KICKING EXPLOITS.
THE MULTI-TALENTED TACKLE REPORTEDLY ONCE DROPKICKED A 45-YARD FIELD GOAL AND BOOMED A 94-YARD PUNT. “FATS” MIGHT EVEN HAVE BEEN MORE DEVASTATING ON DEFENSE. ONE OPPOSING COACH THOUGHT THAT RUNNING RIGHT AT HENRY WOULD BE AN EFFECTIVE WAY TO NEUTRALIZE THE BIG MAN. AFTER HENRY FLATTENED THE ENTIRE SIDE OF THE LINE, THE COACH ABANDONED HIS FOOLISH GAME PLAN.
SUPER BOWL HISTORY-SUPER BOWL 7
JAN. 14, 1973
AT LOS ANGELES—90,182
MIAMI 7 7 0 0 — 14
WASHINGTON 0 0 0 7 — 7
MIAMI WENT 14-0 IN THE REGULAR SEASON, BUT STRUGGLED IN ITS TWO PLAYOFF WINS OVER CLEVELAND (20-14) AND PITTSBURGH (21-17). WASHINGTON WAS 11-3 DURING THE REGULAR SEASON AND POSTED IMPRESSIVE PLAYOFF WINS OVER GREEN BAY (16-3) AND DALLAS (26-3).
THE DOLPHINS, A SLIGHT UNDERDOG, PLAYED VIRTUALLY FLAWLESS FOOTBALL IN THE FIRST HALF. LATE IN THE FIRST QUARTER BOB GRIESE DIRECTED MIAMI ON A 63-YARD DRIVE CAPPED OFF BY A 28-YARD PASS TO HOWARD TWILLEY. THEN, JUST BEFORE THE HALF, JIM KIICK WENT OVER FROM THE ONE-YARD LINE TO GIVE MIAMI A 14-0 LEAD.
WASHINGTON WAS APPARENTLY GOING TO BE SHUT OUT WHEN, WITH TWO MINUTES REMAINING IN THE GAME, MIAMI’S GARO YEPREMIAN ATTEMPTED A 42-YARD FIELD GOAL ONLY TO HAVE IT BLOCKED. YEPREMIAN THEN ATTEMPTED TO PASS, ONLY TO HAVE THE BALL SLIP OUT OF HIS HANDS RIGHT TO MIKE BASS OF THE REDSKINS. BASS RAN 49 YARDS FOR THE SCORE.
MIAMI SAFETY JAKE SCOTT PICKED OFF TWO PASSES IN THE GAME AND WAS NAMED MVP.
SPORTS IN NUMBERS
21- 24 – 14 – 17 – 19 – 44 – 20 – 30 – 41 – 46 – 20 – 21
SEPTEMBER 18, 1848 – THE BASEBALL RULE WHEREBY A 1ST BASEMAN CAN TAG BASE FOR OUT INSTEAD OF RUNNER WAS APPROVED
SEPTEMBER 18, 1903 – PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES’ CHICK FRASER NO-HITS CHICAGO CUBS, 10-0
SEPTEMBER 18, 1930 – NEW YORK YANKEE FUTURE BASEBALL HOF PITCHER RED RUFFING NUMBER 21 HIT 2 HOME RUNS TO BEAT ST LOUIS BROWNS, 7-6 AT SPORTSMAN’S PARK, ST. LOUIS
SEPTEMBER 18, 1955 – NUMBER 24, WILLIE MAYS HITS RECORD TYING 9TH HR AT EBBETS FIELD AND TIED A JOE ADCOCK MARK.
SEPTEMBER 18, 1962 – BOB ASPROMONTE, NUMBER 14 OF THE HOUSTON COLT 45S SET A NL 3RD BASEMAN RECORD OF 57 CONSECUTIVE ERRORLESS GAMES
SEPTEMBER 18, 1965 – MICKEY MANTLE DAY AT YANKEE STADIUM: MANTLE, NUMBER 7 PLAYED HIS 2,000TH GAME
SEPTEMBER 18, 1966 – BALTIMORE QUARTERBACK JOHNNY UNITAS, NUMBER 19 THREW 4 TOUCHDOWN PASSES IN 38-23 WIN AT MINNESOTA TO SURPASS Y.A. TITTLE AS NFL’S CAREER LEADER WITH 212; FINISHES CAREER WITH 290 TD PASSES
SEPTEMBER 18, 1968 – RAY WASHBURN, NUMBER 44 OF THE ST LOUIS CARDINALS, THREW A NO-HIT GEM AGAINST THE SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS FOR A 2-0 WIN
SEPTEMBER 18, 1976 – CLEVELAND INDIANS PLAYER-MANAGER FRANK ROBINSON, NUMBER 20 PLAYED IN HIS LAST GAME AS A PLAYER
SEPTEMBER 18, 1984 – TIM RAINES, NUMBER 30 OF THE MONTREAL EXPOS, BECAME THE 1ST PLAYER WITH 4 CONSECUTIVE 70-STOLEN-BASE SEASONS
SEPTEMBER 18, 1987 – DETROIT FIRST BASEMAN DARRELL EVANS, NUMBER 41 BECAME THE FIRST 40 YEAR OLD TO HIT 30 MLB HRS IN A SEASON. EVANS SMASHED THIS 30TH HOME RUN OFF BILL WEGMAN (NUMBER 46) IN 5TH INNING OF TIGERS’ 7-6 WIN OVER THE MILWAUKEE BREWERS.
SEPTEMBER 18, 1993 – IN WHAT IS A TRUE ODDITY OF SPORTS CIRCUMSTANCE. TRAILING 3-1 WITH 2 OUTS IN 9TH, TIME IS CALLED PRIOR TO MIKE STANLEY, NUMBER 20 POP OUT, GETS A 2ND CHANCE, AND GIVES WAY TO A YANKEE RALLY THAT HELPED DEFEAT THE BOSTON RED SOX 4-3.
SEPTEMBER 18, 1996 – ROGER CLEMENS, NUMBER 21 OF THE BOSTON RED SOX TIED HIS OWN MAJOR LEAGUE RECORD WITH 20 STRIKEOUTS IN A CONTEST AGAINST THE DETROIT TIGERS.
|DP WORLD: ITALIAN OPEN||7:30AM||GOLF|
|LPGA: PORTLAND CLASSIC||3:00PM||GOLF|
|PGA: FORTINET CHAMPIONSHIP||6:00PM||GOLF|
|CHI. WHITE SOX AT DETROIT||12:10PM||NBCS-CHI|
|TEXAS AT TAMPA BAY||1:10PM||BALLY SPORTS|
|KANSAS CITY AT BOSTON||1:35PM||BALLY SPORTS|
|PHILADELPHIA AT ATLANTA||1:35PM||MLBN|
|MIAMI AT WASHINGTON||1:35PM||MASN/2|
|BALTIMORE AT TORONTO||1:37PM||MASN/2|
|MINNESOTA AT CLEVELAND||1:40PM||BALLY SPORTS|
|PITTSBURGH AT NY METS||1:40PM||MLBN|
|NY YANKEES AT MILWAUKEE||2:10PM||YES|
|OAKLAND AT HOUSTON||2:10PM||NBCS-CA|
|CINCINNATI AT ST. LOUIS||2:15PM||BALLY SPORTS|
|COLORADO AT CHI. CUBS||2:20PM||MLBN|
|SEATTLE AT LA ANGELS||4:07PM||MLBN|
|SAN DIEGO AT ARIZONA||4:10PM||MLBN|
|LA DODGERS AT SAN FRANCISCO||7:00PM||ESPN|
|NY JETS AT CLEVELAND||1:00PM||CBS|
|WASHINGTON AT DETROIT||1:00PM||FOX|
|TAMPA BAY AT NEW ORLEANS||1:00PM||FOX|
|CAROLINA AT NY GIANTS||1:00PM||FOX|
|NEW ENGLAND AT PITTSBURGH||1:00PM||CBS|
|INDIANAPOLIS AT JACKSONVILLE||1:00PM||CBS|
|MIAMI AT BALTIMORE||1:00PM||CBS|
|ATLANTA AT LA RAMS||4:05PM||FOX|
|SEATTLE AT SAN FRANCISCO||4:05PM||FOX|
|CINCINNATI AT DALLAS||4:25PM||CBS|
|HOUSTON AT DENVER||4:25PM||CBS|
|ARIZONA AT LAS VEGAS||4:25PM||CBS|
|CHICAGO AT GREEN BAY||8:20PM||NBC|
|SERIE A: UDINESE VS INTERNAZIONALE||6:30AM||PARAMOUNT+|
|LIGUE 1: REIMS VS MONACO||7:00AM||BEIN SPORTS|
|EPL: BRENTFORD VS ARSENAL||7:00AM||USA|
|WOMEN’S SUPER LEAGUE: ASTON VILLA VS MANCHESTER CITY||7:30AM||PARAMOUNT+|
|LA LIGA: REAL BETIS VS GIRONA||8:00AM||ESPN+|
|LIGUE 1: OLYMPIQUE MARSEILLE VS RENNES||9:00AM||BEIN SPORTS|
|LIGUE 1: CLERMONT VS TROYES||9:00AM||BEIN SPORTS|
|LIGUE 1: NICE VS ANGERS SCO||9:00AM||BEIN SPORTS|
|LIGUE 1: BREST VS AJACCIO||9:00AM||BEIN SPORTS|
|SERIE A: MONZA VS JUVENTUS||9:00AM||PARAMOUNT+|
|SERIE A: FIORENTINA VS HELLAS VERONA||9:00AM||PARAMOUNT+|
|SERIE A: CREMONESE VS LAZIO||9:00AM||PARAMOUNT+|
|EPL: EVERTON VS WEST HAM UNITED||9:15AM||PEACOCK|
|BUNDESLIGA: UNION BERLIN VS WOLFSBURG||9:30AM||ESPN+|
|EPL: NEWCASTLE UNITED VS AFC BOURNEMOUTH||10:00AM||PEACOCK|
|LA LIGA: VILLARREAL VS SEVILLA||10:15AM||ESPN+|
|LIGUE 1: NANTES VS LENS||11:05AM||BEIN SPORTS|
|BUNDESLIGA: BOCHUM VS KÖLN||11:30AM||ESPN+|
|SERIE A: ROMA VS ATALANTA||12:00PM||CBSSN|
|ARGENTINA PRIMERA DIVISIÓN: TIGRE VS VÉLEZ SARSFIELD||12:00PM||PARAMOUNT+|
|LA LIGA: REAL SOCIEDAD VS ESPANYOL||12:30PM||ESPN+|
|LA LIGA: OSASUNA VS GETAFE||12:30PM||ESPN+|
|MLS: COLUMBUS CREW VS PORTLAND TIMBERS||1:00PM||ESPN|
|BUNDESLIGA: HOFFENHEIM VS FREIBURG||1:30PM||ESPN+|
|WOMEN’S SUPER LEAGUE: LIVERPOOL VS CHELSEA FC||1:45PM||PARAMOUNT+|
|ARGENTINA PRIMERA DIVISIÓN: SAN LORENZO VS RIVER PLATE||2:30PM||PARAMOUNT+|
|SERIE A: MILAN VS NAPOLI||2:45PM||PARAMOUNT+|
|LIGUE 1: OLYMPIQUE LYONNAIS VS PSG||2:45PM||BEIN SPORTS|
|LA LIGA: ATLÉTICO MADRID VS REAL MADRID||3:00PM||ESPN+|
|BRASILEIRÃO: CEARÁ VS SÃO PAULO||3:00PM||PARAMOUNT+|
|BRASILEIRÃO: FLAMENGO VS FLUMINENSE||3:00PM||PARAMOUNT+|
|ARGENTINA PRIMERA DIVISIÓN: BANFIELD VS LANÚS||5:00PM||PARAMOUNT+|
|MLS: DC UNITED VS INTER MIAMI||5:00PM||ESPN+|
|NWSL: KANSAS CITY CURRENT VS PORTLAND THORNS||5:00PM||PARAMOUNT+|
|BRASILEIRÃO: AMÉRICA MINEIRO VS CORINTHIANS||5:00PM||PARAMOUNT+|
|BRASILEIRÃO: JUVENTUDE VS FORTALEZA||5:00PM||PARAMOUNT+|
|BRASILEIRÃO: PALMEIRAS VS SANTOS||5:30PM||PARAMOUNT+|
|LIGA MX: PUMAS UNAM VS CRUZ AZUL||6:00PM||UNIVISION|
|BRASILEIRÃO: ATHLETICO-PR VS CUIABÁ||6:00PM||PARAMOUNT+|
|ARGENTINA PRIMERA DIVISIÓN: PLATENSE VS RACING CLUB||7:30PM||PARAMOUNT+|
|ARGENTINA PRIMERA DIVISIÓN: TALLERES CÓRDOBA VS COLÓN||7:30PM||PARAMOUNT+|
|LIGA MX: SANTOS LAGUNA VS JUÁREZ||8:05PM||ESPN+|
|LIGA MX: LEÓN VS QUERÉTARO||8:05PM||TUDN|
|LIGA MX: TIJUANA VS NECAXA||10:05PM||FS1|
|MLS: LOS ANGELES FC VS HOUSTON DYNAMO||10:30PM||ESPN+|
|LAS VEGAS AT CONNECTICUT||4:00PM||ESPN|