No. 12 Notre Dame 41, No. 18 Wisconsin 13 (Soldier Field in Chicago)

No. 2 Georgia 62, Vanderbilt 0

Boston College 41, Missouri 34 (OT)

Bowling Green 14, Minnesota 10

Temple 41, Wagner 7

Army 23, Miami (Ohio) 10

Central Michigan 31, FIU 27

Virginia Tech 21, Richmond 10

LSU 28, Mississippi State 25

Boise State 27, Utah State 3

No. 6 Penn State 38, Villanova 17

Pitt 77, New Hampshire 7

Northwestern 35, Ohio 6

SMU 42, TCU 34

Texas 70, Texas Tech 35

Robert Morris 22, Howard 16

Yale 23, Cornell 17

Incarnate Word 31, McNeese 0

Miami (Fla.) 69, Central Connecticut State 0

No. 17 Coastal Carolina 53, UMass 3

Columbia 35, Georgetown 24

South Dakota State 44, Indiana State 0

Colgate 30, Lehigh 3

Holy Cross 45, Monmouth 15

Valparaiso 24, Drake 21

Princeton 63, Stetson 0

Dartmouth 41, Sacred Heart 3

VMI 31, Wofford 23

Western Michigan 23, San Jose State 3

Eastern Michigan 59, Texas State 21

Toledo 22, Ball State 12

Merrimack 47, Delaware State 10

Mercer 24, Furman 3

Utah 24, Washington State 13

Northern Illinois 41, Maine 14

Eastern Illinois 28, Tennessee Tech 14

Eastern Kentucky 35, Austin Peay 27

Montana 39, Cal Poly 7

Sacramento State 23, Idaho State 21

Northern Colorado 17, Northern Arizona 10 (OT)

Southern Illinois 35, Illinois State 17

Southeast Missouri State 47, Tennessee State 14

East Tennessee State 55, Samford 48

No. 16 Arkansas 20, No. 7 Texas A&M 10

No. 19 Michigan 20, Rutgers 13

Wyoming 24, UConn 22

Baylor 31, No. 14 Iowa State 29

No. 5 Iowa 24, Colorado State 14

UTSA 31, Memphis 28

NC State 27, No. 9 Clemson 21

San Diego State 48, Towson 21

Louisville 31, Florida State 23

Purdue 13, Illinois 9

Maryland 37, Kent State 16

Lafayette 24, Penn 14

Duke 52, Kansas 33

No. 23 Auburn 34, Georgia State 24

UT Martin 34, Jacksonville State 31

Nicholls 31, North Alabama 14

Tulsa 41, Arkansas State 34

Sam Houston 45, Central Arkansas 35

Montana State 30, Portland State 17

East Carolina 31, Charleston Southern 28

Louisiana 28, Georgia Southern 20

Buffalo 35, Old Dominion 34

No. 24 UCLA 35, Stanford 24

Gardner-Webb 52, Western Carolina 34

North Carolina A&T 37, North Carolina Central 14

Western Illinois 38, Youngstown State 35

Bryant 34, Marist 17

Alabama State 38, Bethune-Cookman 24

Rice 48, Texas Southern 34

No. 11 Florida 38, Tennessee 14

Kentucky 16, South Carolina 10

No. 20 Michigan State 23, Nebraska 20

Louisiana Tech 24, North Texas 17

Oklahoma State 31, No. 25 Kansas State 20

Houston 28, Navy 20

Abilene Christian 56, Lamar 0

Tarleton 40, New Mexico Highlands 21

Stephen F. Austin 61, Lincoln University (CA) 13

Georgia Tech 45, No. 21 North Carolina 22 (Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia)

No. 1 Alabama 63, Southern Miss 14

No. 4 Oklahoma 16, West Virginia 13

No. 10 Ohio State 59, Akron 7

Hawai’i 41, New Mexico State 21

Indiana 33, Western Kentucky 31

UL Monroe 29, Troy 16

Air Force 31, FAU 7

UAB 28, Tulane 21

Eastern Washington 50, Southern Utah 21

UC Davis 17, Weber State 14

Missouri State 31, South Dakota 23

UTEP 20 New Mexico 13

Washington 31 California 24 OT

#15 BYU 35 S. Florida 27

Arizona State 35 Colorado 13

Oregon State 45 USC 27

#3 Oregon 41 Arizona 19

INDIANA COLLEGE FOOTBALL

(HEARTLAND COLLEGIATE CONFERENCE)

Alma 51 Anderson 2

Alfred State 35 Defiance 28

(NORTH COAST ATHLETIC CONFERENCE)

DePauw 34 Wooster 30

COLLEGE FOOTBALL WEEK 5 SCHEDULE

Thursday, Sept. 30

Virginia at Miami | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN

Friday, Oct. 1

Houston at Tulsa | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN

Iowa at Maryland | 8 p.m. | FS1

BYU at Utah State | 9 p.m. | CBSSN

Saturday, Oct. 2

Western Michigan at Buffalo | 12 p.m.

Minnesota at Purdue | 12 p.m.

Memphis at Temple | 12 p.m.

Eastern Michigan at Northern Illinois | 12 p.m.

Cincinnati at Notre Dame | 2:30 p.m. | NBC

Ohio at Akron | 3:30 p.m.

FIU at FAU | 3:30 p.m.

Bowling Green at Kent State | 3:30 p.m.

Central Michigan at Miami (Ohio) | 3:30 p.m.

UCF at Navy | 3:30 p.m. | CBSSN

Oregon at Stanford | 3:30 p.m.

UNLV at UTSA | 6 p.m.

Southern Miss at Rice | 6:30 p.m.

Marshall at Middle Tennessee | 7 p.m.

Liberty at UAB | 7 p.m. | CBSSN

Western Kentucky at Michigan State | 7:30 p.m.

Northwestern at Nebraska | 7:30 p.m.

Old Dominion at UTEP | 9 p.m.

Fresno State at Hawai’i | 11 p.m. | CBSSN

Ole Miss at Alabama

Arkansas at Georgia

Florida at Kentucky

Auburn at LSU

Tennessee at Missouri

Troy at South Carolina

Mississippi State at Texas A&M

UConn at Vanderbilt

Charlotte at Illinois

Louisiana Tech at NC State

Boston College at Clemson

Syracuse at Florida State

Pitt at Georgia Tech

Duke at North Carolina

Louisville at Wake Forest

Indiana at Penn State

Michigan at Wisconsin

Ohio State at Rutgers

Toledo at UMass

Kansas at Iowa State

Oklahoma at Kansas State

Baylor at Oklahoma State

Texas at TCU

Texas Tech at West Virginia

Tulane at East Carolina

South Florida at SMU

Army at Ball State

Appalachian State at Georgia State

Arkansas State at Georgia Southern

UL Monroe at Coastal Carolina

Louisiana at South Alabama

Washington State at Cal

Washington at Oregon State

Arizona State at UCLA

USC at Colorado

Air Force at New Mexico

Nevada at Boise State

New Mexico State at San Jose State

INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL

Kokomo 56 SB Washington 6

Christel House Manuel 37 Bowman Academy 14

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

Tampa Bay 7 Miami 3

Oakland 2 Houston 1

NY Yankees 5 Boston 3

Detroit 5 Kansas City 1

Baltimore 3 Texas 2

Toronto 6 Minnesota 1

Cleveland 6 Chicago White Sox 0

LA Angels 14 Seattle 1

St. Louis 8 Chicago Cubs 5

Philadelphia 3 Pittsburgh 0

Milwaukee 2 NY Mets 1

Cincinnati 7 Washington 6

Atlanta 10 San Diego 8 (10)

San Francisco 7 Colorado 2

Arizona 7 LA Dodgers 2

MINOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER

Philadelphia 1 Atlanta 0

New England 2 Orlando City 1

Columbus 2 Montréal 1

DC 4 Cincinnati 2

Colorado 0 Toronto 0

New York 1 New York City 0

Minnesota 2, Houston 0

San Jose 2 Los Angeles 0

Vancouver 1 Dallas 0

Portland 6 Real Salt Lake 1

INDIANA HIGH BOYS SCHOOL SOCCER

Centerville 2 Tri-County North 1

Chatard 4 Covenant Christian 2

Noblesville 3 Carroll 0

Faith Christian 13 Delphi 1

Indianapolis Tech 7 Indianapolis Shortridge 2

South Bend Adams 5 South Bend Washington 0

Culver Academies 3 Trinity 2

Avon 3 Ben Davis 0

Bremen 7 Rochester 0

Kouts 2 Hobart 1

Chesterton 4 Concord 1

Roncalli 2 Whiteland 0

Mississinewa 7 Tipton 1

Valparaiso 2 Boone Grove 0

Carroll 4 Rensselaer Central 2

Bedford North Lawrence 4 Madison 3

Seton Catholic 2 Wapahani 2

Fort Wayne Blackhawk 4 Prairie Heights 3

Yorktown 2 Shelbyville 2

Garrett 8 Lakewood Park 1

Harrison 1 McCutcheon 0

Heritage Christian 6 Crispus Attucks 1

New Prairie 9 Westville 0

Castle 1 Jasper 0

Washington Township 1 Marquette Catholic 1

New Castle 0 Hamilton Heights 0

Salem 2 Christian Academy 1

Mooresville 3 Terre Haute South 2

Andrean 1 Argos 1

Westfield 1 Plainfield 0

South Dearborn 6 Union County 2

Hamilton Southeastern 4 Homestead 1

Columbia City 3 Norwell 0

Fishers 9 Evansville Harrison 0

Penn 2 Columbus North 0

Zionsville 5 Terre Haute North 0

Heritage Hills 4 Washington 1

Lawrenceburg 11 Greensburg 0

Illiana Christian 10 River Forest 0

Greencastle 2 N. Putnam 1

Southport 2 Bloomington South 1

South Bend St. Joseph 2 Crown Point 1

Tri-West 5 Frankfurt 0

Washington Township 3 Wianamc 2

Griffith 14 Hebron 0

Elkhart 5 W. Noble 4

East Noble 2 DeKalb 2

Evansville Mater Dei 9 Vincennes Lincoln 0

Elkhart Christian 3 Lakeland 0

North Knox 0 Washington Catholic 0

Princeton 3 Tell City 1

St. Louis University 2 Evansville Memorial 0

Warsaw 10 Wawasee 2

Lakeland Christian 6 Granger Christian 1

North Central 2 Lebanon 0

McCutcheon 5 Logansport 0

Penn 2 Fishers 2

Evansville Harrison 6 Terre Haute North 0

Zionsville 5 Fort Wayne Dwenger 0

Columbus North 4 Evansville North 1

Tri-West 5 Frankfort 0

Switzerland County 5 Southwestern 3

Carroll 0 Hamilton Southeastern 0

Noblesville 1 Homestead 0

Fort Wayne Canterbury 7 Oldenburg Academy 0

INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL GIRLS SOCCER

Lafayette Jeff 3 Richmond 0

Heritage Christian 6 Covenant Christian 2

Charlestown 2, Scottsburg 1

Switzerland County 8 Gallatin County 0

Ritter 1 Scecina 0

Northview 10 Vincennes Rivet 1

Speedway 1 Greenwood 1

Fort Wayne Northridge 6 Fort Wayne Way 0

Center Grove 1 Roncalli 1

Danville 4 Martinsville 0

Fort Wayne Northrup 6 Fort Wayne Wayne 0

Kankakee Valley 5 Boone Grove 2

Greencastle 4 N. Putnam 2

Triton Central 9 Monrovia 5

Perry Meridian 1 Warren Central 0

Columbus East 2 Terre Haute North 2

Warsaw 9 Wawasee 0

Cathedral 1 Fort Wayne Dwenger 0

Covington 2 N. Montgomery 1

Mishawaka Marian 7 Wheeler 0

Mount Vernon 10 Delta 1

Rochester 6 N. Miami 0

Carroll 8 Concord 1

Western 5 Lafayette Central Catholic 1

Lakeland Christian 2 Maconaquah 0

Boonville 1 S. Knox 0

Washington Catholic 4 N. Knox 2

Valparaiso 3 Plymouth 0

New Castle 1 Knightstown 0

Franklin 4 Seymour 0

West Lafayette 1 Hamilton Heights 0

Tri-West 10 Frankfort 0

Columbus North 7 Greenfield Central 0

Carmel 2 Zionsville 0

Terre Haute South 3 Mooresville 2

Pike 7 Lebanon 1

Pike Central 2 S. Spencer 2

Muncie Burris 5 International 1

Highland 4 Hanover Central 2

Mississinewa 5 Peru 0

West Vigo 12 Brown County 0

NorthWood 14 Oregon Davis 0

Noblesville 4 Penn 0

North Central 3 Fishers 2

Trinity Lutheran 10 Austin 1

Evansville Reitz 8 McCracken County 0

Guerin Catholic 2 South Bend St. Joseph 0

Owen Valley 4 Bloomfield 2

Providence 2 Evansville Central 1

Switzerland County 7 Carroll County 1

Evansville North 1 New Albany 1

Roncalli 3 Terre Haute North 0

Center Grove 8 Columbus East 0

Evansville Memorial 5 DuPont Manual 1

Oak Hill 1 Blackford 0

Westview 3 Bethany Christian 1

Argos 3 Bremen 1

INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL

NorthWood 2 Glenn 0

McCutcheon 2 Fort Wayne Luers 0

Columbus North 2 Jennings County 0

Winchester 3 Randolph Southern 0

Greensburg 2 Waldron 0

Cathedral 2 New Castle 0

Seeger 2 Attica 0

Adams Central 2 Bluffton 1

South Newton 2 Faith Christian 0

Wes-Del 2 Cowan 0

Covenant Christian 2 Scecina 1

Homestead 2 Northfield 0

Shawe Memorial 2 Austin 0

Southwestern 2 N. Decatur 0

Liberty Christian 2 International 0

Brebeuf 2 Brownsburg 0

Crawfordsville 2 Clinton Central 0

Columbus East 2 Avon 0

New Palestine 2 Southport 0

Covenant Christian 2 Victory Christian 0

Trinity Lutheran 2 W. Washington 0

Bloomington North 2 Jasper 0

Crown Point 2 Kouts 0

South Newton 2 Rensselaer Central 0

Castle 2 Daviess County 0

Pike 2 Edinburgh 0

Avon 2 Perry Meridian 0

South Putnam 2 Riverton Parke 0

Fort Wayne Northrup 2 Rochester 0

South Bend St. Joseph 2 Kouts 1

Northview 3 Brown County 1

Columbus North 2 Rushville 0

Tri-West 2 Bloomington South 0

Covenant Christian 2 Washington Township 0

Heritage Christian 2 Crawfordsville 1

Tell City 3 Princeton 1

Highland 3 Hobart 1

Crawfordsville 2 Logansport 0

Jennings County 2 Rushville 0

Culver Academies 2 Wawasee 1

Union County 3 Lincoln 1

Lafayette Central Catholic 2 Loogootee 0

Castle 2 Jeffersonville 0

Warsaw 2 Fairfield 0

Heritage 2 Adams Central 0

Northfield 2 Rochester 1

Mitchell 2 New Washington 0

Bethesda Christian 2 University 0

New Castle 2 New Albany 1

Hamilton Southeastern 2 Bloomington South 0

Bloomington North 2 Mount Vernon 0

North Clay 2 N. Central 0

South Newton 2 Delphi 0

Park Tudor 2 Liberty Christian 0

Southwestern 2 Trimble County 0

Illiana Christian 3 Portage 0

Cathedral 2 New Albany 0

Trinity Lutheran 2 Washington 0

Shawe Memorial 2 Eastern 0

Wes-Del 2 Indianapolis Lutheran 0

Castle 2 Terre Haute North 0

Loogootee 2 Blue River 0

Greensburg 2 Oldenburg Academy 0

North Central 2 Martinsville 1

McCutcheon 2 Hammond Noll 0

LaVille 3 N. Judson 1

Homestead 2 Warsaw 1

Greenwood 3 Rossville 1

Scecina 2 Lebanon 0

Riverton Parke 2 Providence Cristo Rey 0

South Adams 2 Woodlan 0

Jasper 2 Mount Vernon 0

Fairfield 2 Northfield 0

Brebeuf 2 Washington 0

North Decatur 2 Switzerland County 0

Lafayette Central Catholic 2 Morristown 1

Yorktown 3 Carroll 2

Park Tudor 2 Seton Catholic 0

Fort Wayne Dwenger 2 Homestead 0

Jennings County 2 Hauser 1

Fort Wayne Dwenger 2 LaPorte 0

NorthWood 2 Prairie Heights 0

Fort Wayne Dwenger 2 Angola 1

Fairfield 2 Northfield 0

Fort Wayne Dwenger 2 W. Noble 0

Scecina 2 Speedway 0

Muncie Burris 2 Bethesda Christian 0

Covington 2 Seeger 0

Mitchell 2 W. Washington 0

Jay County 2 Adams Central 1

South Adams 2 Southern Wells 0

Shelbyville 3 Delta 0

Benton Central 3 Rossville 0

Winchester 3 Union City 0

LaPorte 2 Warsaw 1

Oldenburg Academy 2 Rushville 1

Calumet Christian 2 Covenant Christian 1

Rochester 2 W. Noble 1

NorthWood 2 South Bend Adams 0

Brownsburg 2 Washington 0

Lafayette Central Catholic 2 Blue River Valley 0

Columbus North 2 Greensburg 1

Fairfield 2 Northridge 0

Park Tudor 2 Muncie Burris 1

Fort Wayne Snider 2 Northfield 0

Shawe Memorial 2 South-Central 0

Southwestern 2 Switzerland County 0

Bloomington South 2 Chatard 1

Mount Vernon 2 Sullivan 0

Perry Meridian 2 New Albany 0

Columbus East 2 Cathedral 0

Warsaw 2 Fort Wayne Northrup 0

River Forest 2 Covenant Christian 0

Oldenburg Academy 2 Franklin County 0

Trinity Lutheran 2 Mitchell 0

Jennings County 2 Waldron 0

Springs Valley 2 Wes-Del 1

Benton Central 3 Greenwood 0

LaPorte 2 Northridge 0

North Decatur 2 Trimble County 0

Madison 2 Greensburg 0

Elkhart Christian 3 Clinton Christian 0

Adams Central 2 Southern Wells 0

Martinsville 2 Jasper 0

North Decatur 2 Austin 0

Wes-Del 2 Loogootee 1

Shawe Memorial 2 Southwestern 0

Brownsburg 2 Tri-West 0

Heritage 2 S. Adams 0

Penn 2 Cathedral 0

Lafayette Central Catholic 2 Springs Valley 1

NorthWood 2 Culver Academies 0

Bloomington South 2 Terre Haute South 1

Angola 2 LaPorte 1

Blue River Valley 2 Morristown 0

INDIANA GIRLS GOLF REGIONALS

at Lapel

Noblesville 313

Hamilton Southeastern 315

Batesville 331

Mount Vernon 349

Lapel 350

Richmond 358

Heritage Christian 358

North Central 361

Union County 382

Delta 392

Greenfield Central 393

Daleville 402

Park Tudor 403

New Palestine 408

Greensburg 416

Franklin County, 421

Winchester 425

Rushville 445

at Washington

Evansville North 293

Castle 312

Floyd Central 322

Columbus North 351

Columbus East 355

New Albany 361

Jasper 362

Gibson Southern 369

Evansville Mater Dei 371

Vincennes Rivet 380

Martinsville 382

Bedford 385

Seymour 393

Corydon Central 427

Southridge 428

South Knox 432

Pike Central 438

INDIANA SRN HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL POLLS

6A

  1. Center Grove
  2. Merrillville
  3. Hamilton Southeastern
  4. Westfield
  5. Carmel

5A

  1. Cathedral
  2. Valparaiso
  3. Bloomington South
  4. Decatur Central
  5. Mishawaka

4A

  1. Roncalli
  2. Leo
  3. Jasper
  4. Mooresville
  5. East Central

3A

  1. West Lafayette
  2. Gibson Southern
  3. Brebeuf
  4. Danville
  5. Lawrenceburg

2A

  1. Fort Wayne Luers
  2. Heritage Christian
  3. Easterbrook
  4. Tipton
  5. Linton – Stockton

1A

  1. Lutheran
  2. Monroe Central
  3. South Adams
  4. Winamac
  5. Covenant Christian

NFL SCHEDULE WEEK 2-WHERE TO WATCH

Sunday, September 19, 2021

New Orleans Saints at Carolina Panthers 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Cincinnati Bengals at Chicago Bears 12:00p (CT) 1:00p FOX

Houston Texans at Cleveland Browns 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Los Angeles Rams at Indianapolis Colts 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Denver Broncos at Jacksonville Jaguars 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Buffalo Bills at Miami Dolphins 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

New England Patriots at New York Jets 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

San Francisco 49ers at Philadelphia Eagles 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Las Vegas Raiders at Pittsburgh Steelers 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Minnesota Vikings at Arizona Cardinals 1:05p (MT) 4:05p FOX

Atlanta Falcons at Tampa Bay Buccaneers 4:05p (ET) 4:05p FOX

Dallas Cowboys at Los Angeles Chargers 1:25p (PT) 4:25p CBS

Tennessee Titans at Seattle Seahawks 1:25p (PT) 4:25p CBS

Kansas City Chiefs at Baltimore Ravens 8:20p (ET) 8:20p NBC

Monday, September 20, 2021

Detroit Lions at Green Bay Packers (Mon) 7:15p (CT) 8:15p ESPN

TOP NATIONAL HEADLINES

Woo Pig Sooie! No. 16 Hogs end long skid to No. 7 Texas A&M

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) KJ Jefferson got back on the field late, bruised knee and all, bulling over a defender for a first down and then kneeling down on the final snap for No. 16 Arkansas.

Jefferson threw for 202 yards and two long touchdowns before getting hurt against a Texas A&M defense that hadn’t allowed a passing score this year, and Arkansas beat the seventh-ranked Aggies 20-10 on Saturday for its first victory in the series in their 10 seasons since becoming Southeastern Conference foes.

“Really happy with the team’s toughness … our toughness showed tonight,” coach Sam Pittman said.

Jefferson came up limping and favoring his left leg after getting tackled out of bounds to start the second half, and left a few plays later. But he did return after the numbing gel took effect to finish off the SEC opener as Arkansas improved to 4-0 overall for the first time since 2003.

“Waiting for the medicine to kick in,” Jefferson said. “I knew I had to go back in and fight for my team.”

Texas A&M (3-1, 0-1 SEC) also had its overall 11-game winning streak snapped while getting outgained 443 yards to 272.

The Aggies hadn’t allowed a passing TD until Jefferson’s 85-yard score to Treylon Burks, who pushed by a defender and made the catch near the 40. Burks appeared to stumble, but stayed upright and sprinted down the right sideline for 10-0 lead late in the first quarter. Burks finished with six catches for 167 yards.

“You never win a game in the first 10, 15 minutes, but you can sure put yourself behind the 8-ball,” Aggies coach Jimbo Fisher said. “That’s what we did. We gave up big plays, big drives.”

Jefferson, who finished 7-of-15 passing for 212 yards overall and ran for 50 more, threw another TD early in the second quarter. AJ Green caught a pass in the left flat, shed one defender, did a stutter step around another one and then got a boost when linebacker Aaron Hansford basically pushed him past yet another defender inside the 25 on way to a 48-yard touchdown.

The Aggies cut the gap to 17-10 midway through the third quarter on Isaiah Spiller’s 67-yard TD run, when he took a handoff up the middle through an open gap and outran four defensive backs to the end zone.

“Really they had the one long run” Pittman said. “Basically it was our defense vs. their defense.”

NC State holds on in double OT, stuns No. 9 Clemson 27-21

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) Clemson’s final pass had barely hit the ground when North Carolina State’s sideline began charging toward the field to celebrate, followed closely by red-clad Wolfpack fans pouring in to join them from all directions.

The Wolfpack’s long run of frustration in these marquee games is over. And the ninth-ranked Tigers’ shot of returning to the College Football Playoff could be, too.

N.C. State forced D.J. Uiagalelei into a fourth-down incompletion to seal a 27-21 win against the Tigers on Saturday. It’s an outcome that shakes up the Atlantic Coast Conference race while also dealing a huge blow to the Tigers’ playoff hopes in the long term behind yet another woeful offensive performance to start the year.

N.C. State (3-1, 1-0 ACC) had lost eight straight and 15 of 16 meetings to the Tigers, which included at least one painfully close loss that fueled a bit of Murphy’s Law-level pessimism – locals know it by an expletive-featuring nickname – among Wolfpack fans.

No more, at least not for ninth-year coach Dave Doeren after his first win against a top-10 team.

“The curse is broken, N.C. State fans, finally,” Doeren chuckled. “I’ve been here nine years and seen a lot of crazy stuff. And people have talked about it and didn’t believe it. But I’ve got to tell you: I think it was real, and it’s not there anymore. So we can move on now and be happy about that.”

Devin Leary threw for four touchdowns, including the winning 22-yard pass to Devin Carter – who made a twisting adjustment to the back-shoulder throw and got both knees down inside the back right corner of the end zone for the lead to start the second OT.

Then Uiagagelei slightly overthrew Justyn Ross near the goal line on fourth down to start the celebration of N.C. State’s first win in the series since 2011.

“I kind of caught with everyone storming the field,” Leary said. “I was looking for my mom, looking for my dad. I eventually got to them, they were still in the crowd. But the first person I was able to hug and just celebrate with was Coach Doeren.”

It was a brutal day for the Tigers (2-2, 1-1), who now have a second loss to make it an unlikely climb to extend their streak of making every year of the playoff since the first edition in 2014. It also is a big setback in the Atlantic Division for the six-time league champions, while injuries mounted with linebacker James Skalski, defensive tackle Bryan Bresee and running back Will Shipley being knocked from the game.

The Tigers had 214 total yards, with Uiagalelei throwing for 111 yards and two scores.

BIG 10 FOOTBALL: Week 4 Football Recaps

PENN STATE 38, Villanova 17: The Penn State passing attack was on display Saturday as the Nittany Lions defeated Villanova 38-17 at Beaver Stadium. Quarterback Sean Clifford recorded career numbers in the contest, reaching the 400-yard passing mark for the first time with a total of 401 yards. He also matched his career-high with four passing touchdowns.

NORTHWESTERN 36, Ohio 6: Northwestern defeated Ohio 35-6 at Ryan Field on Saturday, behind a season-high 216 yards from sophomore Evan Hull. Hull’s monster day included the longest Northwestern rushing touchdown in 80 years, a 90-yard scamper to put the Wildcats up 14-0 in the second quarter and help the ‘Cats pick up their second win of the season. While the running game powered the Wildcats to their second-straight win at Ryan Field, the defense forced three Ohio turnovers in an impressive performance.

Notre Dame 41, WISCONSIN 13: On the shore of Lake Michigan, No. 12 Notre Dame beat No. 18 Wisconsin 41-13 on Saturday at Soldier Field. Wisconsin (1-2) held a brief 13-10 lead with 14:14 left in the fourth quarter, but turnovers undid the Badgers’ efforts as the Fighting Irish put up 31 unanswered points to finish the game.

Bowling Green 14, MINNESOTA 10: Quarterback Matt McDonald ran for a pair of scores, and two late interceptions by the Bowling Green defense sealed the win as the Falcons defeated Minnesota, 14-10, on homecoming Saturday.

IOWA 24, Colorado State 14: The fifth-ranked University of Iowa football team pitched a second-half shutout en route to a 24-14 come-from-behind victory over Colorado State on Saturday afternoon on Duke Slater Field inside Kinnick Stadium. It is the Hawkeyes’ 10th consecutive, and it moves the Hawkeyes to 4-0 heading into at Oct. 1 road game against undefeated Maryland.

MARYLAND 37, Kent State 16: Maryland stayed perfect with a 37-16 victory over Kent State on a sunny Saturday afternoon at Capital One Field at Maryland Stadium. The Terps are now 4-0 for the first time since 2016 heading into a huge match-up with #5 Iowa next Friday night. Quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa continued his hot start, throwing for 384 yards on 31-of-41 with three touchdown passes.

PURUDE 13, ILLINOIS 9: Quarterback Aidan O’Connell engineered a clutch fourth-quarter drive, throwing for 89 yards on a 94-yard march up the field that culminated in the game’s lone touchdown and propelled Purdue football to a 13-9 victory vs. Illinois on Saturday at Ross-Ade Stadium. The Boilermakers (3-1, 1-0 B1G) improved to 3-1 for the first time since 2012 and won their Big Ten opener in a traditional campaign for the first time since 2011.

MICHIGAN 20, RUTGERS 13: Hassan Haskins ran for touchdowns the first two times the Wolverines had the ball to help them take a 17-point lead, but the undefeated team had to hold on to beat Rutgers 20-13 on Saturday. Michigan (4-0, 1-0 Big Ten) opened conference play by running the ball on its first seven snaps.

MICHIGAN STATE 23, NEBRASKA 20 (OT): Chester Kimbrough intercepted Adrian Martinez’s pass in overtime and Matt Coghlin made a 21-yard field goal to keep No. 20 Michigan State unbeaten with a 23-20 win over Nebraska on Saturday night. The Spartans (4-0, 2-0 Big Ten) won despite not converting a first down in the second half.


OHIO STATE 59, Akron 7: True freshman quarterback Kyle McCord overcame early jitters to throw for 319 yards and two touchdowns, freshman TreVeyon Henderson ran for 93 yards and two scores in the first half, and No. 10 Ohio State routed Akron 59-7 on Saturday night. McCord was 13 for 18 and got credit for the first touchdown pass of his career when Chris Olave turned a jet sweep toss into a 5-yard score in the first quarter.

INDIANA 33, Western Kentucky 31: The Indiana Hoosiers (2-2) edged out the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers (1-2) by a final score of 33-31 on Saturday night at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium. Redshirt junior quarterback Michael Penix Jr. completed 35-of-53 passes for 373 yards to lead the Hoosier attack. Graduate transfer running back Stephen Carr posted 25 carries for 109 yards and a pair of rushing touchdowns.

MAC FOOTBALL: Bowling Green Knocks Off Minnesota

Bowling Geen 14, Minnesota 10
Western Michigan 23, San Jose State 3
Toledo 22, Ball State 12
Eastern Michigan 59, Texas State 21
Northern Illinois 41, Maine 14
Central Michigan 31, FIU 27
Buffalo 35, Old Dominion 34
Army 23, Miami 10
Maryland 37, Kent State 16
Northwestern 35, Ohio 6
No. 10 Ohio State 59, Akron 7


Bowling Geen 14, Minnesota 10

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Quarterback Matt McDonald ran for a pair of scores, and two late interceptions by the Bowling Green defense sealed the win as the Falcons shocked heavily-favored Minnesota, 14-10, on homecoming Saturday.


The loss snapped Minnesota’s streak of 21 straight non-conference wins, the longest streak in the country entering Saturday’s game. The Gophers’ last non-conference loss was Sept. 3, 2015 against TCU.

It also marked Minnesota’s first loss to a non-Power 5 conference opponent since losing to North Dakota State on Sept. 24, 2011.

“Give Bowling Green a lot of credit,” said Gophers head coach P.J. Fleck. “I know how excited they are, and they deserve it and they earned it. We did not deserve to win that football game whatsoever.”

Bowling Green came to Minneapolis as 31-point underdogs but used a strong defensive effort to slow down the Golden Gopher offense. Minnesota’s fans booed their team at numerous points in the game, while Falcons players jumped on the field in celebration after the upset was complete.

“I couldn’t be more happy for a group of kids that have really been through a lot,” said Bowling Green head coach Scott Loeffler. “We’ve got the 24-hour rule. We’re going to celebrate for 24 hours, and then we’re going to get back to the office.”

The Gophers had the ball with a chance to take the lead late in the fourth quarter after Bowling Green failed to fall on a muffed punt by Minnesota’s Trey Potts. But one play after recovering the fumble, quarterback Tanner Morgan lofted a deep interception into the hands of Devin Taylor with 2:13 remaining. Morgan threw another pick with 17 seconds remaining.

The Gophers’ passing game struggled all day against the Falcons. Morgan was just 5-of-13 for 59 yards.

“I have to play way better,” said Morgan, who was also sacked four times Saturday.

McDonald scored on runs of one and three yards. He was 19-of-35 for 170 yards through the air.

Minnesota’s lone touchdown came on a 19-yard scramble by backup quarterback Cole Kramer.

Saturday was Minnesota’s first loss to a MAC school since losing to Northern Illinois in 2010.

“P.J. Fleck and this Minnesota team is a good football team,” Loeffler said. “They’re going to bounce back.”

Western Michigan 23, San Jose State 3

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — Kaleb Eleby threw for two touchdowns and the Western Michigan defense dominated in a 23-3 win over San Jose State on Saturday.

Eleby found Jaylen Hall for 22 yards and Corey Crooms for 37 as the Broncos (3-1) led 20-3 at halftime after the Spartans (2-2) opened the scoring with a field goal.

Eleby was 17 of 28 for 200 yards as Western Michigan finished with 347 yards of offense.

San Jose State had 119 yards and three turnovers, and three different quarterbacks were ineffective under pressure.

Western Michigan had six sacks and 11 tackles for losses of 56 yards. Ralph Holley led the way with 2 1/2 sacks. Ali Fayad had two sacks, three quarterback hurries and forced a fumble.

Toledo 22, Ball State 12

MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) — Dequan Finn rushed for 106 yards, including a 70-yard burst on a draw play, and Toledo edged away from Ball State 22-12 in a Mid-America Conference opener for both teams on Saturday.

The Rockets (2-2, 1-0) grabbed control with two big-play early touchdowns to lead 14-9 at the half, then added two field goals and a safety while holding Ball State (1-3, 0-1) to four Jacob Lewis field goals .

Toledo took a 7-3 lead when Carter Bradley hooked up with Devin Maddox on a 69-yard touchdown pass. Finn’s 70-yard scamper made it 14-6 on the first play of the second quarter.

Ball State used a series of seven laterals on the final play of the game, but the wild play went from the goal line to the 20 and back before Corey Stewart was tackled in the end zone for a Rockets safety.

Christian Albright passed for 190 yards for the Cardinals but was sacked four times. Justin Hall had 97 yards receiving.

Eastern Michigan 59, Texas State 21

YPSILANTI, Mich. (AP) — Ben Bryant threw for three touchdowns and ran for another to lead Eastern Michigan to a 59-21 win over Texas State on Saturday.

The Eagles (3-1) used a balanced attack in picking up the win with four passing touchdowns and four on the ground. Eastern Michigan threw for 257 yards and rushed for 247 in outgaining the Bobcats (1-3) 504-300.

Bryant’s 39-yard run gave Eastern Michigan a 14-0 lead in the first quarter and the Eagles never trailed.

The Bobcats got a 29-yard pass from Brady McBride to Trevis Graham Jr. in the final two minutes of the first half and then another McBride 29-yarder, this one to Javen Banks, to cut the lead to 28-21 early in the third quarter. But the Eagles responded with 31 consecutive points.

Samson Evans rushed for two touchdowns for Eastern Michigan as seven different Eagles reached the end zone. Bryant finished 20-of-33 passing for 228 yards and rushed for another 52 yards. Dylan Drummond had a touchdown catch and threw for another off a double-pass play.

McBride was 16 of 25 for 187 yards passing and three touchdowns, two going to Banks.

Northern Illinois 41, Maine 14

DEKALB, Ill. (AP) — Rocky Lombardi rushed for three touchdowns and threw for another, and Northern Illinois scored 27 unanswered points to beat Maine 41-14 on Saturday.

Lombardi was 17 of 24 passing for 282 yards with an interception. He carried it 10 times for 119 yards, including scoring runs of 64 and 18 yards in the fourth quarter.

Lombardi’s earlier 7-yard run gave Northern Illinois a 21-14 halftime lead.

Harrison Waylee added 130 yards on the ground with a touchdown for Northern Illinois (2-2). Cole Tucker caught four passes for 114 yards, and Tyrice Richie had seven catches for 76 yards.

John Richardson kicked two short field goals to make it 27-14 early in the fourth.

Freddie Brock and Elijah Barnwell each had a rushing touchdown for Maine (1-3). Brock had 85 yards rushing.

Central Michigan 31, FIU 27

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. (AP) — Backup quarterback Daniel Richardson threw for three fourth-quarter touchdowns and Central Michigan rallied from a 17-point second-half deficit to beat Florida International 31-27 on Saturday.

Richardson had two touchdown passes in three-plus minutes to get Central Michigan within 27-24 with 7:12 remaining. Lew Nichols III scored from 15-yards out to cap a 10-play drive and JaCorey Sullivan caught a 14-yard scoring pass.

Richardson’s 27-yard connection with Dallas Dixon on third-and-3 capped an 80-yard drive with 1:18 remaining for CMU’s first lead since 3-0.

Nichols carried it 25 times for 152 yards for Central Michigan (2-2). Starter Jacob Sirmon was 14-for-26 passing for 121 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Sirmon found Dallas Dixon for an 11-yard score to pull within 14-10 at halftime.

Richardson finished 16 of 23 for 276 yards.
 

Max Bortenschlager threw for 395 yards and two touchdowns with one interception for FIU (1-3). Rishard Dames had a interception and blocked punt return for a score. Tyrese Chambers caught six passes for 175 yards and a touchdown, and Bryce Singleton also caught six passes for 173 yards.
 

Dames’ blocked punt and 6-yard return put FIU ahead 27-10.

Buffalo 35, Old Dominion 34
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — Tim Terry recovered a fumble and returned the ball 67 yards into the end zone to cap a 28-point second quarter, Old Dominion missed a late PAT, and Buffalo beat the Monarchs 35-34 on Saturday night. 

D.J. Mack Jr. threw a 19-yard touchdown pass to to Zack Kuntz with 19 seconds left, but Nick Rice missed a game-tying PAT for Old Dominion (1-3). The Monarchs scored four touchdowns and shut out Buffalo (2-2) in the second half.

Kyle Vantrease completed 16 of 25 passes for 186 yards for the Bulls. Quain Williams made eight catches for 129 yards. The pair connected for a 13-yard touchdown in the second quarter. Dylan McDuffie ran for a 20-yard TD before Terry’s score stretched the Bulls’ lead to 35-7 with about two minutes remaining before halftime. 

Mack broke loose for a 42-yard touchdown run and bullied into the end zone from the 2 in the third quarter for the Monarchs. Jon-Luke Peaker added a 7-yard touchdown run midway through the fourth. 

Mack finished 24-of-41 passing for 213 yards and added 84 yards on the ground.

Army 23, Miami 10

WEST POINT, N.Y. (AP) — Christian Anderson ran for a pair long first-half touchdowns and Army remained undefeated with a 23-10 victory over Miami (Ohio) on Saturday.

Anderson sprinted 72 yards on Army’s third play then eclipsed that personal best with a 75-yard score in the second quarter. He had a career-high 236 yards rushing on 15 carries before leaving with just over six minutes to go in the fourth quarter with an apparent shoulder injury. Anderson had to exit the game twice in the first half with injuries before returning both times.

It was a 42-yard run by Anderson in which he broke free of tacklers near the Army goal line that might have been the game’s big play. Anderson’s scamper came after a goal-line stand and was part of a 18-play drive that took nearly 11 minutes and ended with Anthony Adkins’ 4-yard score early in the fourth quarter for a 23-3 lead.

A 21-yard field goal by Cole Talley after Reikan Donaldson blocked a RedHawks punt made it 17-3 at halftime. At that point, Army had outgained Miami 232-72 with all the Black Knights’ yardage on the ground, 174 by Anderson on nine carries.

Army gained all of its 384 yards on the ground with five pass attempts incomplete.

Brett Gabbert threw for 193 yards that included an 80-yard touchdown by Kevin Davis, who eluded defenders down the right sideline for the only RedHawks (1-3) touchdown.

Army is 4-0 for the first time since 1996 after its 13th straight home victory.

Maryland 37, Kent State 16

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — After his unbeaten team won without playing its best, Maryland coach Michael Locksley kept his focus on the big picture.


“We haven’t played to the standard, but I definitely want to give our team credit that we’re sitting here at 4-0 and we’re disappointed,” he said. “That means that we’re heading in the right direction. We’ve got a locker room full of guys that are happy we won, but not happy with the way we played.”

Taulia Tagovailoa threw for 384 yards and three touchdowns, and Maryland beat Kent State 37-16 on Saturday. The Terrapins have won their first four games for the first time since 2016, and their solid start has added intrigue to upcoming matchups against Iowa and Ohio State.

Maryland wasn’t necessarily dominant against Kent State, but the Terps stiffened on defense when they needed to. The Golden Flashes (1-3) had the ball in Maryland territory on seven of their first eight possessions, but they managed only nine points on those drives.

Tagovailoa, meanwhile, took everything the Kent State defense gave him, repeatedly finding open receivers in another sharp performance. He went 31 for 41, essentially matching his 75.5% completion percentage coming into the game.

Tagovailoa was intercepted for the first time this season when Rakim Jarrett couldn’t handle his pass in the first quarter. The Golden Flashes took a 3-0 lead, but the Maryland quarterback answered quickly with a 33-yard scoring pass to Dontay Demus.

A 6-yard TD pass from Tagovailoa to Jarrett gave the Terps a 14-6 lead early in the second quarter. Tayon Fleet-Davis added a 3-yard scoring run later in that period.

A holding call on Bill Kuduk nullified a long touchdown throw by Kent State, and although the Golden Flashes reached the red zone on that drive, they lost the ball when Marquez Cooper fumbled.

Kent State had another touchdown called back on its next possession, this one when kicker Andrew Glass appeared to have scored on a fake field goal. A holding flag forced the Golden Flashes to settle for a field goal, and it was 24-9 at halftime.

“Anytime you have self-inflicted wounds that take points off the board, that’s obviously an impact,” Kent State coach Sean Lewis said. “Those are big-swing momentum plays. We have to do a great job of being so good that those calls don’t come up because we execute and are able to do things at a very high level. I know our kids are capable of doing that and being so good that the refs don’t matter.”

Fleet-Davis scored on a 29-yard run in the third quarter, and Tagovailoa added a 9-yard scoring pass to Corey Dyches.

Northwestern 35, Ohio 6

Having shuffled through three quarterbacks last week, there was one big question hanging over Northwestern.

The Wildcats were not only trying to shake off another loss. They were trying to steady themselves at the most important position.

It wasn’t clear if Hunter Johnson, Andrew Marty or Ryan Hilinski will get the call when the Wildcats host struggling Ohio on Saturday.

All three were listed as potential starters against the Bobcats (0-3) on Northwestern’s depth chart. Marty gave the Wildcats a lift after Johnson struggled last week in a 30-23 loss at Duke, only to leave the game with an upper body injury in the fourth quarter. Hilinski then took over for him.

“I thought (Marty) came in and executed really well, gave us a spark and played fairly clean football there,” coach Pat Fitzgerald said. “Unfortunately, he got banged up. But I thought Andrew played really well.”

Johnson won a three-way competition prior to the season after backing up Peyton Ramsey last season. He was a bright spot for Northwestern (1-2) in a season-opening 38-21 loss to Michigan State, with three touchdown passes.

Johnson’s status wasn’t really in question after he threw for 66 yards in a win over Indiana State. But a rough outing last week changed that.

Johnson lost a fumble on a sack with the ball on the Duke 2, then threw three interceptions. They led to a touchdown and two field goals as the Blue Devils grabbed a 27-0 lead.

Marty came in late in the first half and immediately led a 75-yard TD drive.

He completed 11 of 16 passes for 151 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran for one and looked like he was on his way to another when he got stripped by Duke’s Dewayne Carter in the fourth and was injured on the play. Hlinski, who transferred from South Carolina this year, came in and threw for 34 yards.

The Bobcats have dropped their first three for the first time since an 0-4 start that included a 16-8 loss to Northwestern at Ryan Field in 2008. The two teams have not met in 13 years. This will also be Ohio’s first game against a Big Ten team since a loss to Purdue early in the 2017 season.

“Disappointment in the locker room? You bet,” coach Tim Albin said. “My heart hurts for them. But the kids are fighting. … I’m disappointed. I’m not discouraged.” 

No. 10 Ohio State 59, Akron 7

Dolphins place QB Tua Tagovailoa on IR with fractured ribs

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) Quarterback Tua Tagovailoa was placed on injured reserve by the Miami Dolphins on Saturday, meaning he will miss at least three games before he can return from fractured ribs.

Tagovailoa had already been ruled out for Sunday’s game at Las Vegas, with Jacoby Brissett set to start for the Dolphins and Reid Sinnett getting promoted from the practice squad in order to serve as the backup.

Tagovailoa will also miss games on Oct. 3 against Indianapolis and Oct. 10 against Tampa Bay, at minimum. The earliest he could return is an Oct. 17 game in London against Jacksonville.

He was injured after eight plays in last weekend’s 35-0 loss to Buffalo, leaving after Miami’s second series and not returning. Brissett played the rest of the way in that game.

Initially, the Dolphins thought – or at least hoped – that Tagovailoa was dealing with only bruised ribs. Further evaluation showed the fractures, and Brissett said he was told Wednesday that he would be the starter for at least this week at Las Vegas.

“So far this week, I think he’s done a nice job from a preparation standpoint,” Dolphins coach Brian Flores said Friday of Brissett, who is 12-20 as a starter. “He’s in here, he’s meeting with his teammates, he’s watching the film, asking questions.”

Flores said multiple times this week that Tagovailoa’s condition is improving, though he noted Friday that the team was having conversations and “gathering information” about what to do from a roster-spot standpoint.

By Saturday, the path was apparently clear and the move was made.

Steelers rule LB T.J. Watt out against Cincinnati

PITTSBURGH (AP) Pittsburgh Steelers star outside linebacker T.J. Watt won’t play against Cincinnati after all.

The team has downgraded Watt to out for Sunday’s visit from Cincinnati (1-1). Watt, who is dealing with a groin injury, was listed as questionable on Friday’s injury report.

Watt got hurt in the second quarter of last weekend’s 26-17 loss to Las Vegas. He was limited in practice this week but said Friday he was hoping to play.

Watt’s absence means the Steelers (1-1) will be without both of their starting outside linebackers on Sunday. Alex Highsmith was already ruled out due to a groin injury.

Veteran Melvin Ingram, who signed on the eve of training camp, and Jamir Jones will be the starters when Pittsburgh looks to beat the Bengals for the 15th time in their last 17 meetings.

Packers won’t have Jenkins for Sunday’s game with 49ers

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) Green Bay Packers offensive lineman Elgton Jenkins has been ruled out for Sunday’s game against the San Francisco 49ers due to an ankle injury.

Jenkins got hurt during Monday night’s 35-17 victory over the Detroit Lions, though he remained in the game. After listing him as doubtful on Friday’s injury report, the Packers (1-1) announced Saturday that Jenkins wasn’t making the trip to San Francisco.

The Packers also announced that tight end Dominique Dafney won’t play against the 49ers (2-0) due to a hip injury. The Packers placed Dafney on injured reserve, meaning he must miss at least the next three games.

Jenkins was a Pro Bowl left guard last season, but he has been filling in at left tackle for injured All-Pro David Bakhtiari, who hasn’t played since tearing his left anterior cruciate ligament on Dec. 31. Bakhtiari is on the physically unable to perform list and will miss at least the first six games of the season.

The Packers haven’t indicated how they might shuffle their line without Jenkins. Options include putting Dennis Kelly or Yosh Nijman at left tackle, or perhaps shifting right tackle Billy Turner to the left side and putting Kelly in Turner’s usual spot.

Cardinals set team record with 15th straight win, beat Cubs

CHICAGO (AP) Harrison Bader and the St. Louis Cardinals clearly recognize their record is impressive. Now they also want to win their next game – and many more after that.

The Cardinals set a franchise mark with their 15th straight win, boosted when catcher Yadier Molina and center fielder Bader helped pull off a wild double play Saturday in an 8-5 win over the Chicago Cubs.

“It’s hard to do something in this organization that’s never been done,” manager Mike Shildt said.

The Cardinals date their history to 1892, when they were known as the Browns and joined the National League. They later were called the Perfectos before becoming the Cardinals in the early 20th century.

Bader, Tyler O’Neill and Paul DeJong homered as these Cardinals broke the team record of 14 wins in a row set in 1935, a year after Dizzy Dean and the Gas House Gang won the World Series. Dean was among five Hall of Famers on that club.

“My perspective is what time is the game tomorrow?” Bader said. “It’s great, don’t get me wrong. It’s part of history. There’s tremendous talent that’s come through. . But we have bigger things we’re focused on. We have more games to win. We’re going to take this energy as deep as we can.”

Bader went 4 for 4 and scored three times as the Cardinals held their comfortable lead for the second NL wild-card spot, five games ahead of Philadelphia.

And in a charmed final month, St. Louis preserved a late lead with a crazy play that resulted in a pair of rundowns and two outs.

After Nolan Arenado doubled to spark a three-run rally in the seventh, the Cardinals took a 5-4 lead into the eighth at Wrigley Field.

The Cubs quickly threatened when David Bote led off with a triple and Trayce Thompson walked. One out later, with runners still at the corners, Rafael Ortega hit a grounder to first baseman Paul Goldschmidt, who threw home to Molina.

After a short rundown, Arenado tagged out Bote. The star third baseman then cut across the diamond to trap Ortega off first. Another rundown ensued, with Molina catching a throw between second and third base before tossing to Bader, who had alertly rushed in join the play and led to Thompson being tagged, too.

Cardinals reliever T.J. McFarland said he was hoping for a groundball out after throwing a sinker.

“When that all unfolded, I can’t explain it,” said McFarland, who pumped his fist and yelled after the play. “I’m glad the focus was on everyone else on the field because I’m pretty sure I was spinning around in circles on the field.”

The official scoring read like a phone number — 3-2-5-4-2-8-6 — it was the fourth double play of the afternoon for the dialed-in Cards, and kept them ahead by a run.

“There was a lot going on,” Cubs manager David Ross said. “I’ll look at it. I don’t want to put any blame on anybody.”

DeJong hit a two-run drive in the ninth. Ian Happ homered in the bottom half.

Far back in the playoff race heading into September, St. Louis moved closer to clinching a spot by extending its extraordinary streak.

Happ drove in three runs for the Cubs, who have lost five straight and nine of 10. The loss snapped Chicago’s streak of seven consecutive winning seasons at Wrigley.

Down 4-2 in the seventh, the Cardinals rallied after Codi Heuer (7-3) replaced starter Adrian Sampson. Arenado led off with a double and Bader hit an RBI single, pointing toward the dugout as he headed to first.

Lars Nootbar’s single tied it and chased Heuer, and DeJong’s sacrifice fly gave the Cardinals the lead.

Bader slid under the tag to score on a wild pitch on a strikeout in the ninth before DeJong homered.

Kwang Hyun Kim (7-7) pitched a scoreless inning for the win.

Rays clinch 2nd straight AL East title, beat Marlins 7-3

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) In a division loaded with big-budget teams, this is becoming a familiar picture: the Tampa Bay Rays gathering on the mound, posing for a photo as AL East champions.

The Rays clinched their second straight division title, with Mike Zunino hitting a go-ahead homer and Brandon Lowe later adding a pair of RBI doubles to beat the Miami Marlins 7-3 on Saturday night.

“Like I’ve said before, this is the best team in the American League and today we showed it,” Rays infielder Yandy Diaz said through an interpreter.

Reliever Pete Fairbanks retired Lewis Brinson on a foul popup with the bases loaded for the final out, giving the Rays the chance to celebrate on the field. Earlier in the day, Tampa Bay’s magic number was cut to one when the New York Yankees beat Boston 5-3.

There was a standing ovation from the season-high announced crowd of 23,783 at Tropicana Field when the Yankees’ victory was announced after the top of the sixth inning.

“It means the world,” Rays center fielder Kevin Kiermaier said. “It’s a small-market team, not a huge payroll. We have so many well-above average players in our clubhouse. Certain guys make a certain amount for right reasons. … When you have 26 guys to buy in, and show up to the field with the blue-collar mentality each and every day and want it more than the opposition, more times than not, then we’ll have these moments. That’s what our guys have.”

Tampa Bay improved to 96-59 and won its fourth division title since becoming a major league team for the 1998 season. The club debuted as the Devil Rays then, and wore jerseys with that name during this clinching victory.

The Rays, who lost the World Series to the Los Angeles Dodgers in six games last season, have never won the championship.

After Fairbanks got the last out, the Rays hugged and sprayed each other as their families watched from on the field, off to the side.

Inside the clubhouse, the Rays showed the locker room celebration on Zoom to their Triple-A Durham affiliate. The Rays used 61 players this year.

Shane McClanahan (10-6) allowed one run and six hits over five innings. The lefty worked out of several jams, holding the Marlins to 0 for 7 with runners in scoring position.

Brett Phillips reached to begin the fifth on a fielding error by second baseman Jazz Chisholm Jr. and Zunino then hit his 32nd homer, connecting off Sandy Alcantara (9-14) for a 3-1 lead.

After the Marlins twice got within one, Lowe’s RBI double in the seventh gave Tampa Bay a 5-3 lead. Phillips had a sacrifice fly and Lowe, who was nearly hit by Diaz’s foul while in the on-deck circle, extended the lead to 7-3 with another run-scoring double.

Alcantara gave up five runs – three earned – and nine hits over six-plus innings. He became the third major leaguer to reach 200 innings this season, and the first Marlins pitcher since Mark Buehrle in 2012.

Miami loaded the bases with one out in the sixth against Collin McHugh but scored just once to make it 3-2 on Eddy Alvarez’s RBI grounder.

Alvarez was ejected after slamming his helmet to the ground after a called third strike in the eighth. Marlins manager Don Mattingly came out of the dugout to argue and was also tossed.

After Diaz put Tampa Bay up two again on a sixth-inning RBI single, Bryan De La Cruz got the Marlins within 4-3 on a run-scoring single off McHugh in the seventh.

Austin Meadows had a one-out triple in the fourth and scored on Joey Wendle’s double. Soon after, there was a second reaction among some in the crowd when Giancarlo Stanton hit an eighth-inning grand slam to put the Yankees up 5-2 at Fenway Park.

Miguel Rojas put the Marlins up 1-0 on a leadoff homer in the third.

Stanton’s slam lifts Yanks to 5-3 win, WC tie with Red Sox

BOSTON (AP) The Yankees figure to be in a fight the remainder of the season to secure a playoff berth.

Through the first two games of a crucial series at Fenway Park, they certainly look like a team up for the challenge.

Giancarlo Stanton hit a go-ahead grand slam over the Green Monster in the eighth inning and New York beat Boston 5-3 on Saturday to tie the Red Sox for the top spot in the AL wild-card race.

The Yankees, who began the day with a two-game lead over Toronto and Seattle for the second wild card, now have a chance to nudge in front of their longtime rivals in Sunday night’s series finale.

Stanton connected off reliever Darwinzon Hernandez with two outs to give the Yankees a 5-2 lead. The slugger also had three hits and a three-run homer Friday night to help New York win the series opener.

“Great feeling. A lot of emotions going on. Just glad I was able to do it,” Stanton said. “Compress everything and be on time for the fastball. Something good happened.”

Given the circumstances, he said it was probably the biggest at-bat he’s ever had against Boston.

“I’d say for sure. Given what’s at stake – we all know what it is,” Stanton said. “We’re in a better situation than we were yesterday and the day before. Now it’s our job to get out of here in an even better situation.”

Yankees manager Aaron Boone called the moment “electric.”

“Just a lot of great at-bats – winning at-bats – to set that situation up,” he said.

Luis Severino (1-0) pitched two scoreless innings for the win. Aroldis Chapman allowed Bobby Dalbec’s solo homer in the ninth and hit Kevin Plawecki with a pitch but held on for his 29th save.

New York starter Nestor Cortes’ day ended after 4 1/3 innings. The left-hander gave up two runs on four hits and struck out four. He hasn’t won since Aug. 28, a span of six starts.

Tanner Houck (1-5) took the loss, allowing two runs over 1 2/3 innings.

Belt homers twice, Giants top Rockies to boost NL West lead

DENVER (AP) Brandon Belt wasn’t thinking too deep about his team’s looming home run record.

Instead, he just went deep – twice.

Belt’s blasts helped San Francisco set a franchise mark for homers in a season, and the Giants beat the Colorado Rockies 7-2 on Saturday night to extend their lead in the NL West.

Belt hit a solo homer in the first inning and a three-run shot in the fifth off Jon Gray. It was the eighth multi-homer game of Belt’s career.

His second drive to right field was the team’s 236th homer of the season, surpassing the 235 hit by the 2001 club. That squad featured Barry Bonds’ major league-record 73 homers.

“I didn’t know that my homers tied or broke it,” Belt said. “I thought we would probably do it sometime this next week. … Pretty cool.”

A team effort, too. San Francisco has had 20 players homer this season, with 10 reaching double figures. Belt’s 29 homers lead the way.

“Pretty impressive feat,” Giants manager Gabe Kapler said. “This franchise has been around for a really long time.”

San Francisco stretched its division lead to two games over the rival Los Angeles Dodgers, who lost in Arizona. Both teams have seven games remaining.

Anthony DeSclafani was lifted for a pinch-hitter after going four innings and allowing two runs. His pitch count was at 77 when he was removed. DeSclafani has gone over the 90-pitch plateau once since early July.

The Giants used six relievers, with Tony Watson (7-4) earning the win.

Down 7-2, Colorado made things interesting in the ninth with three straight singles. But Dominic Leone wiggled out of the jam, getting C.J. Cron to ground out and end the game.

Soler, Braves win 10-8 in 10 innings to eliminate Padres

SAN DIEGO (AP) The Atlanta Braves got a whiff of October in late September.

The defending NL East champions fell behind the San Diego Padres three times – including on Manny Machado’s grand slam – and came back each time to tie the game.

Because of their fight, they still hold a 1 1/2-game lead in the division while the underperforming Padres won’t reach the postseason after a stunning collapse.

Jorge Soler hit a go-ahead double with one out in the 10th inning for his fourth RBI and the Braves won 10-8 on Saturday night to stay 1 1/2 games ahead of Philadelphia while eliminating San Diego from playoff contention.

“That might have been one of the bigger, guttiest games I’ve ever seen a team play,” Atlanta manager Brian Snitker said. “What they could have done after the grand slam and how they roared back and just kept pounding, man, that kind of defines who these guys are, what they’re all about.”

Snitker said the crowd of 39,026 at Petco Park – including many Braves fans – gave it the feel of a postseason game.

“At one point it felt like we were in a playoff situation, with the crowd going nuts,” he said. “It was like a playoff game.”

The Padres were one out from a win in regulation when Eddie Rosario hit a tying single off major league saves leader Mark Melancon, who was trying for his 39th.

Soler, who hit a three-run homer in the sixth, then helped seal the biggest collapse in Padres history with his hit off Daniel Hudson (5-3). Ozzie Albies added a sacrifice fly.

“The energy was sky-high, honestly, like I’ve never seen it before,” Soler said through an interpreter. “We were working our way back to the clubhouse and people were hooting and hollering and screaming. It was a big win.

“It was a huge win, especially considering the fact it felt like we were playing behind the entire game,” Soler said. “We kept overcoming the deficits and just kept battling back.”

San Diego, led by superstars Fernando Tatis Jr. and Machado and with a payroll of more than $170 million, had a one-game lead for the second NL wild card on Sept. 9 but then went into a devastating free-fall that cost the Padres a second consecutive postseason appearance.

Richard Rodriguez (5-4) pitched the ninth and Will Smith worked a perfect 10th for his 34th save.

Americans building toward a blowout at the Ryder Cup

SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (AP) Even with their best start in 46 years, the Americans wanted to wipe the slate clean and play Saturday as if the Ryder Cup was just starting.

When they finished another dominant session of foursomes, it started to feel as if this Ryder Cup against Europe was close to over.

The Americans won their third straight session by another 3-1 margin, pushing the lead to 9-3 going into Saturday afternoon’s final session before the 12 singles matches.

“It’s never in the bag,” U.S. captain Steve Stricker said. “That’s the thing as athletes you always have in the back of your minds.”

Even so, it was more of the same.

Europe has only won two of the 12 matches so far, both by Jon Rahm and Sergio Garcia, who rallied from a 3-down deficit to beat Brooks Koepka and Daniel Berger in a foursomes match that had a few tense moments and Koepka’s terse exchange with a rules official.

The rest of the morning belonged to the Americans, just like the opening day.

Dustin Johnson won his third straight match as he and Collin Morikawa built a big lead early and never trailed in a 2-and-1 win over Paul Casey and Tyrrell Hatton.

Xander Schauffele and Patrick Cantlay had a six-hole stretch in the middle of the round that flipped their match as they remained undefeated in foursomes with a 2-and-1 win over Lee Westwood and Matt Fitzpatrck.

Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas rallied from 3 down to win their first match together. Thomas again delivered a big blow on the par-5 16th – a 3-wood for eagle in fourballs Friday afternoon, a 4-iron to 8 feet in foursomes, with Spieth holing a clutch putt for eagle to seize control.

They won the match on the 18th hole when Bernd Wiesberger’s shot from the right rough found the water short of the green, and Viktor Hovland’s pitch from 50 yards for par was only close when it needed to go in.

Koepka and Berger were 3 up through five holes, but Rahm and Garcia had squared the match at the turn and then began to pull away, with Garcia making an 8-foot birdie putt on the par-3 12th and the Americans taking bogey from 108 yards away in the fairway.

Still, it was spirited. Europe was 1 up and the Americans were in trouble when Berger sent his tee shot well to the right in mangled grass near a drainage pipe. Koepka asked for relief, believing the drain was in the path of his intended swing. One official denied him. So did another brought in for a second opinion.

Three weeks ago, Koepka injured his left wrist when he hit a root he couldn’t see in the rough at the Tour Championship.

“If I break my wrist, it’s on (expletive) both of you,” Koepka said after the ruling was made. Instead, he gouged it out from 190 yards to the front of the green, and they halved the hole.

Garcia’s second win this week gave him 24, setting the Ryder Cup record. Playing his 10th Ryder Cup, he had said that going 5-0 without Europe winning the gold trophy would amount to a bad week, and those feelings might be put to the test.

“It was important, but we need more,” Garcia said. “What we did is not enough, not (with) the situation we are in.”

They didn’t get the help behind them – not with Hovland and Wiesberger losing a 3-up lead, and Schauffele and Cantlay doing their thing in a foursomes match. They were 2-0 this week, 2-0 in the Presidents Cup at Royal Melbourne when they first hooked up.

Westwood and Fitzpatrick were 1 up and had a 12-foot birdie putt on the sixth hole, with the Americans missing the green long.

Schauffele chipped close for par and Fitzpatrick missed the birdie putt. Schauffele holed a 30-foot birdie putt to win the seventh; Cantlay holed an 8-foot par putt to halve the eighth after they were in trouble along the dunes; and Cantlay holed a 25-foot birdie putt on the ninth.

European captain Padraig Harrington send out his Spanish Armada for the first time in fourballs in the afternoon. Rory McIlroy sat out for the first time in a Ryder Cup in the morning and returned for fourballs alongside Ian Poulter.

Stricker, meanwhile, rested some of his biggest stars – Cantlay and Schauffele, along with Thomas. That means Johnson will be the only American to play all five matches this week. Rahm and Hovland are the only players who didn’t sit for Europe.

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INDIANA FOOTBALL: Indiana Tops Western Kentucky, 33-31

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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) Stephen Carr had 109 yards rushing and two touchdowns, and Michael Penix Jr. passed for 373 yards to help Indiana beat Western Kentucky 33-31 on Saturdya night.

Penix completed a career-high 34 passes on 53 attempts. Ty Fryfogle had 10 receptions for 98 yards, including a 10-yard reception on third-and-8 with 1:55 to play that allowed the Hoosiers to run out the clock and escape with the victory.

Penix said he found a rhythm early and was able to continue it for most of the game, thanks to his trust in his reads of the Western Kentucky defense.

“It was just simple rhythm and making my reads,” Penix said. “It was just trusting my eyes and trusting my reads.”

Indiana, which had two touchdowns and four field goals on its first six possessions, never trailed.

Carr scored on a 1-yard touchdown to cap an 11-play, 79-yard opening drive and make it 7-0 with 10:15 left in the first quarter. Penix completed 5 of 6 passes for 51 yards in the drive.

Following a three-and-out by Western Kentucky, the Hoosiers went 81 yards in 11 plays and Penix scored on a quarterback sneak to push the lead to 14-0 about five minutes later.

Western Kentucky’s Bailey Zappe was 31-of-44 passing for 365 yards and three touchdowns.

The Hilltoppers (2-2) got on the scoreboard early in the second quarter as running back Adam Cofield scored from a yard out with 14:27 left in the half to cap a 15-play, 77-yard scoring drive that cut the Hoosiers lead to 14-7.

Western Kentucky hung in the game by forcing the Hoosiers to settle for field goals on four consecutive possessions and slowing them down in the second half by forcing two punts. It gave the Hilltoppers a chance, but it wasn’t enough.

“That’s a real good Indiana team,” Western Kentucky coach Tyson Helton said. “I thought defensively we needed to get some stops, and we did. Offensively, sometimes we scored really fast and did some good things, but it wasn’t good enough.”

THE TAKEAWAY

Indiana’s first-half dominance on offense gave the Hoosiers just enough of a cushion to ward off a Western Kentucky comeback in the second half. By jumping to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter, the Hoosiers put themselves in position to control of the game. Indiana eventually put the game away on Penix’s 10th completion to Fryfogle for a 10-yard gain on third and-8 that allowed them to move the chains and run out the clock.

For Western Kentucky, it was an uphill battle for much of the game. Quarterback Bailey Zappe had an outstanding performance hitting 31 of 44 passes for 365 yards and three scores. However, the Hilltoppers falling into the early 14-0 deficit was one they could not overcome, as they never led in the game.

SECOND CHANCE

Indiana’s Charles Campbell left a 51-yard field goal attempt in the second quarter well short of the crossbar on a play where Western Kentucky had seemingly turned the hot Hoosiers offense away. But an offside penalty against the Hilltoppers gave Campbell a chance to redeem himself from five yards closer. Campbell drilled the 46-yarder through the uprights to give Indiana a 17-7 lead. Campbell added field goals of 37, 25 and 48 yards.

UP NEXT

Indiana: The Hoosiers return to Big Ten Conference play at No. 6 Penn State on Saturday. Indiana beat the then-No. 8 Nittany Lions 36-35 in overtime in the 2020 season opener.

Western Kentucky: The Hilltoppers play their second straight Power 5 opponent when they take on No. 20 Michigan State on Saturday.

PURDUE FOOTBALL: O’Connell Sparks Late TD Drive in Victory vs. Illini

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Quarterback Aidan O’Connell engineered a clutch fourth-quarter drive, throwing for 89 yards on a 94-yard march up the field that culminated in the game’s lone touchdown and propelled Purdue football to a 13-9 victory vs. Illinois on Saturday at Ross-Ade Stadium.

The Boilermakers (3-1, 1-0 B1G) improved to 3-1 for the first time since 2012 and won their Big Ten opener in a traditional campaign for the first time since 2011.

Meanwhile, the Purdue defense did not give up a touchdown for the second time in four games this year, accomplishing that feat twice in a season for the first time since 2007.

Purdue played without offensive standouts David Bell, Zander Horvath and King Doerue. Tight end Payne Durham as well as defensive starters Branson Deen and Kieran Douglas also left the game due to injury. But wide receivers Milton Wright (88 yards), Abdur-Rahmaan Yaseen (77) and TJ Sheffield (44) all stepped up in the second half. All three players had a reception of at least 14 yards on the 94-yard drive. They finished the day with a combined 209 yards receiving.

Sheffield caught the go-ahead 14-yard touchdown pass from O’Connell with 5:44 remaining in the game. Yaseen’s 18-yard reception was the first big play of the drive and consecutive completions of 17 and 27 yards to Wright put the Boilermakers in the red zone.

O’Connell finished the day 12-for-19 for 182 yards after entering the game at the 3:44 mark with Illinois leading 9-6. He immediately sparked a 60-yard drive to the four-yard line before throwing an interception in the back of the endzone. Yaseen’s first collegiate reception was the key play, a 43-yard catch and run after the offense had generated just two first downs since the beginning of the second quarter.

Purdue racked up a season-high nine tackles for loss, including 2.5 from Deen. George Karlaftis delivered a strip sack in the first quarter. Marvin Grant led the team with eight tackles (six solo). Douglas had five of his six tackles in the second half.

SATURDAY NOTABLES

• Purdue has taken home the Cannon Trophy in five of the last six years vs. the Fighting Illini.

• The Boilermakers did not give up a touchdown in first half for the second time this season and seventh time under head coach Jeff Brohm (since 2017).

• The 6-3 halftime score accounted for the lowest combined total at the break since Purdue trailed Rutgers 7-3 in October 2017.

• Purdue also scored the go-ahead touchdown in the final five minutes of the fourth quarter in the 2020 season-opening win vs. Iowa at Ross-Ade Stadium. Aidan O’Connell’s six-yard pass to David Bell lifted the Boilermakers to a 24-20 victory on that Saturday.

• The Boilermakers posted just the second win by the home team in the Illinois-Purdue series since 2012. The other home victory was also by the Boilermakers in November 2017.

Leading 9-6 with 9:33 remaining in the game, the Fighting Illini (1-4, 1-3 B1G) faced a fourth and two at the Purdue 34-yard line. They had already attempted two 50-yard field goals on the day, but this time lined up to go for it. A timeout was called instead and the punt team was sent out. The punt pinned Purdue in deep at the six-yard line. O’Connell hit Jackson Anthrop for 10 yards and Yaseen for 18 to get the offense moving. He had thrown an interception on the previous two drives, but finished the touchdown march 6-for-8 for 89 yards.

The Boilermakers drove into the red zone on their first two possessions of the day but settled for a pair of field goals after those drives stalled out shy of the five-yard line. Kicker Mitchell Fineran remained perfect at 7 of 7 over his first four games as a Boilermaker.

But after gaining a combined 103 yards on the first two drives, Purdue managed just 28 total yards on its next four, generating just two additional first downs in the first half. Quarterback Jack Plummer and the Boilermakers converted on pair of third downs on the first drive of the day, but then struggled on third downs until late in the third quarter, finishing the day 7-for-14 overall. O’Connell and Sheffield connected for receptions of 19 and 14 yards on third downs, including the touchdown catch.

Purdue limited Illinois to just 58 yards on 27 plays in the first half. The Illini were 0-for-6 on third down conversions. Runs of 11 and 16 yards by Josh McCray accounted for 27 of the 58 yards. McCray also had 27 yards on three straight carries in the second quarter as the Illini ran the ball on six consecutive plays. Illinois went to Reggie Love III for the next three carries, gaining just four yards. But kicker James McCourt connected on a 51-yard field goal at the 2:24 mark to get the visitors on the board. McCourt also connected on 35- and 45-yard field goals but missed from 54 yards shortly before O’Connell entered the game in the third quarter.

McCray accounted for 156 of the Illini’s 275 total net yards while carrying the ball 24 times. The Boilermakers limited Illinois to 100 passing yards and four different players registered a pass breakup. Purdue was also whistled for only one penalty on the day.

Purdue returns to action next Saturday when they host Minnesota at noon ET as part of Homecoming Weekend on campus.

NOTRE DAME FOOTBALL: #12/#10 IRISH TAKE DOWN NO. 18/15 WISCONSIN, 41-13

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CHICAGO — The No. 12/10 Notre Dame football team used a big fourth quarter to take down No. 18/15 Wisconsin 41-13 Saturday afternoon at Soldier Field. The Irish outscored the Badgers 31-3 in the game’s final frame and a 96-yard kickoff return for a touchdown from Chris Tyree gave the Irish the lead they did not relinquish.

With the win, Dick Corbett Head Football Coach Brian Kelly surpassed Knute Rockne for most wins all-time in Notre Dame history with 106ˆ.

The defenses dominated the early stages of the game. After Wisconsin hit a field goal on its first possession, the Irish defense forced a three-and-out and then came up with a big fourth down stop for a turnover on downs.

The Irish offense capitalized by scoring its first points of the day on the ensuing possession, as Jonathan Doerer connected on a season-long 51-yard field goal to tie the game at 3-3 with 8:44 left in the half.

Cam Hart picked off the first pass of his career on Wisconsin’s next drive to put the Irish at midfield. The Irish capitalized with a five-play, 51-yard scoring drive capped off by a great deep ball from Coan to Austin for the 36-yard touchdown pass to go on top 10-3.

Notre Dame’s defense continued its strong play, by posting back-to-back three and outs to cap off the first half and allow the Irish to take a 10-3 lead into the half.

Wisconsin managed to tie the game on its second drive of the second half, driving 56 yards on four plays to make the score 10-10.

Coan got knocked out of the game with an injury midway through the third quarter and was replaced by Drew Pyne, who led the Irish into Wisconsin territory on his first drive but it stalled and the Irish had to punt.

On Notre Dame’s next possession Pyne was strip sacked and the Wisconsin defense recovered on the Irish 39-yard line. The Irish managed to hold the Badgers to a field goal and Wisconsin took a 13-10 lead in the first minute of the fourth quarter.

The Irish answered immediately, as Tyree took the kickoff 96 yards to the house for his first kick return touchdown of his Notre Dame career to go back on top at 17-13.

The Irish defense came up big on the following possession, as Jayson Ademilola sacked and forced a fumble that was recovered by Isaiah Foskey to give Notre Dame the ball at the Badger 46-yard line.

Notre Dame once again cashed in on the turnover, as Pyne found Austin for a 16-yard touchdown strike to cap off a six-play, 46-yard drive and increase the Irish lead to 24-13 with just under 10 minutes left in the game.

Late in the fourth quarter, the Irish returned two interceptions for touchdowns by Jack Kiser and Drew White. It is the first time since 2002 against Stanford that the Irish had two interceptions returned for a touchdown in the same game.

The Irish return home to Notre Dame Stadium for another ranked showdown, as they take on No. 8/9 Cincinnati at 2:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, Oct. 2. The game will air on NBC.

Purdue Soccer: Boilermakers Host Iowa in Big Ten Home Opener

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Purdue soccer team returns home for its Big Ten home opener against Iowa on Sunday, September 26, at 1 p.m. ET at Folk Field.

Admission is free for all fans to every regular-season home match in 2021. Sunday is the annual Reunion Weekend, and soccer alumnae will be recognized on the field at halftime.

University, local and state health guidelines will be followed on game day. Updates will be provided by Purdue Athletics, if necessary. A clear bag policy will be implemented for all events in Purdue Athletics facilities this year, and information can be found at PurdueSports.com/ClearBag.

The match will be broadcast live on B1G+ and live stats are available at Purdue.Statbroadcast.com. Updates also can be found by following @PurdueSoccer on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, while direct links to follow along are available on the schedule page at PurdueSports.com/Soccer.

The Boilermakers own a 7-1-2 record, 2-0 in the Big Ten, and are off to their best start to a season since 2007. Purdue has won five in a row and seven of its last eight matches, and the team is 2-0 in Big Ten play with a pair of road wins for the first time since 2017.

Seventeen players have earned at least a point and 15 have at least one assist, both the most in the Big Ten. Nine Boilermakers have scored a goal, tied for fourth-most in the conference. Purdue boasts an 20-8 advantage in goal differential, including 14-4 in the second half.

Through 10 matches, the Boilermakers lead the Big Ten with 51 saves and are second with 20 goals, third with 21 assists and 61 points and fourth with a .864 save percentage.

Individually, senior goalkeeper Marisa Bova leads the conference with 51 saves and 9400:00 minutes played, and she is third in goals-against average (.766) and fifth in save percentage (.864). Senior forward Sarah Griffith is second in the Big Ten in goals (6), shots (40), shots on goal (18), and sixth in points (13).

Sophomore midfielder Emily Mathews is second on the team with four goals and 10 points, while freshman forward Gracie Dunaway has a squad-best four assists and is third with six points. Bova has played every minute in goal and has allowed seven goals. She has seven wins with two shutouts.

The Hawkeyes are 7-2-1 and 1-1 in Big Ten play after a 2-1 win over Northwestern and a 2-1 loss at Indiana.

LAST TIME OUT: COMEBACK WIN

Two second-half goals propelled Purdue to a fifth consecutive win with a 2-1 victory at Illinois on Thursday night. Griffith scored the game’s first goal, in the 55th minute, and Purdue extended its lead to 2-0 two minutes later on a Fighting Illini own goal. Illinois scored its lone goal in the 83rd minute off a rebound on a penalty kick.

Illinois had a 19-13 advantage in shots, though Purdue held a 9-8 edge in shots on goal. Griffith had a match-high-tying seven shots and four shots on goal, while two Boilermakers had two shots, both on goal. Bova made a career-high-tying seven saves and her U of I counterpart stopped eight shots.

SERIES HISTORY VS. IOWA

Purdue is 7-10-4 all-time against Iowa and 4-3-2 in West Lafayette. The two teams are 1-1-1 in the last three meetings, with a 1-1 draw in Iowa City in 2018, a 1-0 upset victory at Folk Field for the Boilermakers over the No. 19-ranked Hawkeyes in 2019 and a 1-0 Purdue loss in Iowa City last season.

Last season, Iowa prevailed 1-0, on March 28, 2021. In the final road game of the year, Purdue had a 16-6 advantage in shots and a 6-3 edge in shots on goal, but could not find the back of the net. Griffith had seven shots, five on goal, and Bova made two saves. The match’s lone score was in the 21st minute.

SCOUTING THE HAWKEYES

Iowa is 7-2-1 on the season and 1-1-0 in Big Ten action. The Hawkeyes began league play with a 2-1 home win over Northwestern on September 19 and followed it up with a 2-1 loss at Indiana on September 23. The loss snapped a five-match unbeaten streak. On the road, Iowa is 3-2-0.

The Hawkeyes are second in the Big Ten in shots on goal (90), third in shots (172), fourth in assists (19) and sixth in points (53).

UP NEXT: PURDUE HOSTS MICHIGAN

The Boilermakers welcome Michigan to Folk Field on Thursday, September 30, at 7 p.m. ET. The matchup is the team’s annual Hammer Down Cancer game. Admission is free for all fans to every regular-season home match in 2021.

BALL STATE FOOTBALL: Hall Breaks Receiving Record in Loss to Toledo

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MUNCIE, Ind. – – Ball State fifth-year senior wide receiver Justin Hall entered Saturday’s football game versus Toledo 66 yards shy of the breaking the program’s career receiving record.

The nation’s active career leader in receptions (281) and the FBS’s leader in consecutive games with a reception (47), Hall wasted little time breaking the mark. With 6:01 left in the second quarter, he made a 30-yard connection with fifth-year senior quarterback Drew Plitt to climb atop the all-time list.

Hall finished the day with game-high 97 receiving yards, including a 35-yard snag on BSU’s first drive of the game, upping his career total to 3,061 and passing Dante Ridgeway’s (2002-04) career mark of 3,030.

Hall was just as effective in the running game, leading the Cardinals (1-3, 0-1 MAC) with 64 rushing yards, six shy of his career high set versus EMU in 2020. His longest run was a 34-yard scamper in the fourth quarter to help set up BSU’s fourth field goal of the afternoon, cutting Toledo’s lead to 17-12 at the time.

Unfortunately, despite a solid day from Hall, the Cardinals would suffer a 22-12 setback to the Rockets (2-2, 1-0 MAC) in front of 14,902 on Family Weekend inside Scheumann Stadium.

“I’m disappointed we couldn’t deliver a win today. I felt good going into the game. I felt good about the preparation. The guys played hard. I was really proud of the defense for keeping us in the game, because offensively, we were struggling to find the end zone.”

Aided by Hall’s 35-yard catch on the opening drive, Ball State was able to pull ahead early thanks to a 45-yard field goal from sophomore kicker Jacob Lewis. It was Lewis’ first of three makes on the day, including a 27-yarder later in the first quarter and a 47-yarder for BSU’s final score in the fourth quarter.

Toledo was able to counter, however, as quarterback Carter Bradley found an open Devin Maddox for a 69-yard touchdown pass on its third play from scrimmage.

After Lewis’s second field goal brought BSU back within one, the Rockets opened the second quarter with a 70-yard touchdown run to push the lead back to eight.

While a 29-yard field goal by Ball State redshirt senior kicker Jake Chanove with 8:26 left in the second quarter cut the lead to 14-9, BSU would get no closer the rest of the way. Following a scoreless third quarter, Toledo sandwiched Lewis’ third field goal with two of their own, while adding a safety on the final play to give the game its final score of 22-12.

Remove the two long touchdown plays, which accounted for 139 of UT’s 444 total yards, the Cardinals defense did a solid job stopping the Toledo offense, limiting them to just two field goals otherwise.

Junior inside linebacker Clayton Coll led the defense with a career-high 15 tackles, one more than he had in the first three games of the season combined.

Jaylin Thomas also came up with a big interception on Toledo’s first drive of the second half, giving Ball State the ball on its own 38 yard line. Thomas also had clutch fourth-and-one stop early in the second quarter giving BSU the ball at the Toledo 31 yard line to setup Chanove’s field goal.

On offense, Plitt finished the day 21-for-35 for 190 yards. He hit eight different targets and also ran for 26 yards.

The Ball State football team returns to action next Saturday (Oct. 2) when it hosts Army for a 5 p.m. kickoff at Scheumann Stadium. The game will also be broadcast live on ESPN+.

BALL STATE VOLLEYBALL: Volleyball Answers with Saturday Sweep at Kent State

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KENT, Ohio – – The Ball State women’s volleyball team made sure history did not repeat itself Saturday afternoon, ending the opening weekend of Mid-American Conference play with a dominating 3-0 (25-14, 25-15, 25-10) sweep of Kent State at the M.A.C. Center.

One day after failing to convert four match points, including three in what could have been another three-set sweep but turned into a five-set loss, the Cardinals (11-3; 1-1 MAC) never took their foot off the gas against the Golden Flashes (6-8; 1-1 MAC).

Led by a Ball State career-high 19 kills and a .600 (19-1-30) attack percentage from graduate transfer outside Jaclyn Bulmahn, the Cardinals turned in their second-best overall match of the season by hitting .365 (45-7-104) as a team.

Graduate transfer outside Emily Hollowell was just as impressive, blasting 12 kills and hitting .500 (12-1-22) in the win.

Freshman setter Megan Wielonski continued to make her mark, dishing out 30 assists to go along with a team-high 11 digs for her eighth double-double of the season. She also served up a match-high four aces, helping the Cardinals finish the night with an 8-to-4 edge in the category.

On the defensive side, sophomore middle Lauren Gilliland was credited with a match-high five total blocks to help limit the Kent State attack to a .113 (27-16-97) rate of success. Junior libero Natalie Risi would also junior Wielonski in double figures with 10 digs.

Savannah Matthews once again led the Kent State attack with 10 kills, but the BSU defense was also able to force her into eight errors which was two more than she had in last night’s five-set, 27-kill performance. Meanwhile, KSU libero Erin Gardner led all players with 12 digs.

The Balls State women’s volleyball team returns home next week, when it hosts Ohio in a pair of 6:30 p.m. matches Thursday and Friday night at Worthen Arena.

BUTLER FOOTBALL: Tommies Blank Butler Football in PFL Opener

Butler dropped its first Pioneer Football League matchup of the season to St. Thomas on Saturday afternoon in St. Paul. St. Thomas scored on three consecutive drives in the first half and never looked back, as the Tommies defense shut out the Bulldogs, 36-0.

How it Happened:

After a series of punts to open up the game, the Tommies broke through first with a rushing touchdown midway through the first quarter. The touchdown would prove to be the only separator between the two teams at the end of the first quarter, as St. Thomas led 7-0.

The Tommies would go on to score touchdowns on two more consecutive drives, and converted a two-point conversion to take a 22-0 lead. The Bulldogs defense was able to keep the game in reach thanks to Butler’s Thomas Rousseau picking off a pass on fourth down late in the second quarter to keep the Tommies lead at 22-0 going into the half.

Butler failed to get the offense going in the third quarter and the Tommies offense capitalized once in the third, adding a touchdown to lead 29-0. Following a 34-yard touchdown run by Hope Adebayo of the Tommies to make it 36-0, Brett Bushka put together the best drive of the day with a series of completions deep into Tommies territory. However, a red-zone fumble by the Bulldogs would end the drive prematurely. The Bulldogs offense would get no closer, as the Tommies maintained their 36-0 lead for the remainder of the fourth quarter.

Up Next:

The Bulldogs head back to Indianapolis for their PFL home opener next Saturday, as they take on Drake. The home PFL opener will double as parents weekend at Butler. Kickoff is set for 12 PM.

BUTLER VOLLEYBALL: Butler VB Sweeps Providence For First BIG EAST Win

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Indianapolis – The Butler volleyball team swept Providence (25-23, 25-23, 25-22) Saturday afternoon at Hinkle Fieldhouse for its first BIG EAST Conference win of the season. The Bulldogs (7-8, 1-1 BIG EAST) knocked off a Providence team (12-3, 0-2 BIG EAST) that came into the weekend with only one loss. Butler used a balance offensive attack led by setter Marissa McKelvey (45 assists), Mariah Grunze (15 kills), Melody Davidson (11 kills) and Brittany Robinson (11 kills) plus outstanding defensive play from Jaymeson Kinley (22 digs) and Caroline Cleveland (11 digs) to secure the victory.

Set 1: Butler 25-23

Butler got its first three points on Davidson kills to lead 3-1 early. The two teams would trade points for the most part until a 3-0 Bulldogs run punctuated by a Robinson ace put them up 16-13. A later 4-0 run including kills by Davidson and Grunze gave Butler a comfortable 21-15 lead, and the Bulldogs would clinch the set on a kill from Robinson. Davidson (six kills), Grunze (four) and Robinson (three) led the Butler offense, while Jaymeson Kinley contributed seven digs in the opening frame.

Set 2: Butler 25-23

The Bulldogs started with an early 3-0 lead on Kinley’s serve, including an ace from her. A later 3-0 run on kills from Kinley, Robinson and Amina Shackelford put Butler up 8-2. Providence responded by taking 6 of 7 points to get to within one, but two Robinson kills and one from Davidson sparked a 4-0 Bulldogs run to give them a 15-10 lead. The Friars would get to within one later in the set, but Davidson scored three consecutive Butler points for a 23-20 advantage. Grunze clinched the set with her fifth kill of the second frame. Davidson and Robinson added four kills each for the Bulldogs in the set.

Set 3: Butler 25-22

Four early kills from Grunze got Butler out to an early 7-4 lead. The teams traded points until Providence went on a 4-0 run to put the Friars ahead 12-11. Butler would trail by as many as three at 17-14 and 22-19 before the Bulldogs finished the set with a 6-0 run, including kills from McKelvey, Shackelford and Robinson to clinch the match. Grunze led Butler with six kills in the final frame, plus Robinson contributed four kills and Kinley 10 digs for the Bulldogs in the set.

Stat of the Match

Butler hit a cool .295 for its second-best hitting percentage of the season (.298 vs. Eastern Kentucky).

Inside the Box Score

– Grunze tallied 15 kills, 11 digs and two block assists.

– Kinley recorded 22 digs, a kill and an ace.

– Davidson put down 11 kills and had four block assists.

– Robinson contributed 11 kills, one solo block, three block assists, two digs and an ace.

– McKelvey stuffed the stat sheet with 45 assists, nine digs, two block assists and a kill.

Up Next

The Bulldogs will travel east next week for their first roadtrip of the conference season. Butler faces Georgetown Friday at 5 p.m. before taking on Villanova Saturday at 7 p.m.

BUTLER MEN’S SOCCER: Butler MSoccer Unable to Finish in Loss at Villanova

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VILLANOVA, Pa. – The Butler men’s soccer team dominated possession and shots in a BIG EAST match at Villanova but came away with an 0-1 loss. The Bulldogs (3-4-1, 1-1-0 BIG EAST) created 25 shots, but only four were on target, and none made it past the keeper. The Wildcats (6-2-0, 2-0-0) managed only seven shots but put four on frame, and one in, taking the three points for the victory.

Key Moments

·   20′ | A hard cross in front of Villanova’s goal gives Jack Streberger a chance for a header goal, but the shot sails over the crossbar.

·   24′ | A charging Wilmer Cabrera, Jr. strikes from 20 yards out, and the Wildcats’ keeper dives left to make a low save in the right corner.

·   28′ | DJ Hooks drives a shot from inside the area. Villanova’s keeper extends to make a save in the upper left corner.

·   33′ | DJ Hooks gets a good look from 20 yards and forces a diving save by the Wildcats in the lower left corner.

·   39′ | Louie Bulger takes a pass as he charges the goal, and a low shot on target is deflected out for a corner kick.

·   43′ | A hard shot from just inside the box by Cabrera, Jr. is headed away by a Wildcats defender.

HALFTIME

·   47′ | A Butler foul allows a Villanova free kick to be sent toward the goal, but it is punched out. The resulting Wildcats corner kick was taken from the air by Gabriel Gjergji.

·   61′ | A Butler foul, just outside penalty area, on the right side, leads to a Villanova free kick. The cross is headed away, but a resulting Villanova shot requires a save by Gjergji.

·   81′ | Villanova’s Jorge Garcia makes a short pass, just outside of the area, to Seidu Shamsudeen. Shamsudeen hits a low left-footed drive to the lower left corner. A diving Gjergji is unable to get a hand on it, and the Wildcats take control late, 1-0.

Butler Points Summary

GOALS: (none)

ASSISTS: (none)

Bulldog Bits

·   Butler outshot Villanova 19-3 in the first half and 25-7 for the match. Both teams had four shots on goal.

·   DJ Hooks led the Bulldogs with seven shots, three of which were on goal. Jack Streberger had five shots, and Wilmer Cabrera, Jr. had 4. Nine Bulldogs total took at least one shot.

·   Goalkeeper Gabriel Gjergji (3-4-1) made three saves in the match.

·   Butler produced eight corner kicks compared to four for Villanova.

·   For the second consecutive match, the Bulldogs were without the services of All-BIG EAST defender Rhys Myers, Hemi Nasser, and Nick Okoro due to injury and non-COVID illness.

Up Next

Butler travels to Huntington, W.V., to play spring 2021 National Champion, and current No. 5 Marshall on Wednesday, September 29, at 5 pm. Later in the week, the Bulldogs return to Indianapolis to host Seton Hall.

INDIANA STATE FOOTBALL: Sycamores unable to keep pace with Jackrabbits in MVFC opener

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State was unable to keep up with the Jackrabbits’ quick start on Saturday afternoon as the Sycamores fell to visiting #2/3 South Dakota State at Memorial Stadium, 44-0.

The Sycamores (2-2, 0-1 MVFC) threatened to score several times throughout the contest, but Indiana State was unable to punch it into the end zone in the Missouri Valley Football opener. South Dakota State (3-0, 1-0 MVFC) utilized a strong game from Pierre Strong, Jr. and Chris Oladokun in going up 34-0 at the halftime break in taking the conference win.

Indiana State put together a couple of late scoring opportunities in the fourth quarter as the Sycamores attempted to mount a comeback in their conference home opener. However, the Sycamores turned the ball over on downs twice in Jackrabbits territory over the final 15 minutes in the loss.

Peterson Kerlegrand had a strong offensive output for the Sycamores on Saturday afternoon as the senior running back picked up 76 yards on 21 carries. He added two catches for a team-high 50 yards on the day in the loss.

Quarterbacks Kurtis Wilderman (9-of-22, 89 yards, 1 INT) and Anthony Thompson (5-of-6, 59 yards) split time on the field throughout the game for the Sycamores. Zach Larkin was the favorite target of the QB duo with a career-high five catches for 42 yards, while Rontrez Morgan added three catches for 31 yards in the loss.

Strong, Jr. led the Jackrabbits on the day with 173 total offensive yards, including 150 yards on the ground. The senior running back added a 22-yard touchdown pass on South Dakota State’s opening drive to Oladokun to highlight the Jackrabbits attack.

Oladokun was 12-of-21 for 216 yards and three touchdowns in the win. His favorite target, Tucker Kraft, finished with five catches for 85 yards and a touchdown, while Jaxon Janke and Jadon Janke also added receiving scores in the game.

Michael Thomas led the Sycamores defensive efforts with a team-high 10 tackles as the redshirt junior safety was all over the field in his second double-digit tackling effort of the season. Inoke Moala and Henrik Bardnt added tackles for loss in the game, while Ty Hambright forced an early fumble to cap the defense’s performance.

Adam Bock was SDSU’s tackling leader in the game with 10 tackles and added the lone turnover of the game with a 16-yard interception in the first quarter. Isaiah Stalbird and Caleb Sanders both finished the game with 1.5 tackles for loss.

How They Scored

South Dakota State put their first points on the board at the 12:55 mark in the first quarter as Pierre Strong threw it back across the field to Chris Oladokun for a 22-yard touchdown pass to put the Jackrabbits ahead 7-0.

The Jackrabbits added to their lead following an Indiana State interception with Oladokun finding Jadon Janke for a 33-yard touchdown pass in the right corner to put SDSU ahead 14-0 with 5:37 to play in the first quarter.

SDSU added a Cole Frahm 45-yard field goal with 2:42 left in the first quarter to cap a 6-play, 22-yard drive as the Jackrabbits went ahead 17-0.

Oladokun found Tucker Kraft for a 26-yard touchdown connection with 10:14 left in the second quarter to put SDSU ahead 24-0 after the 8-play, 88-yard drive.

Oladokun and Jaxon Janke connected for a 42-yard screen pass and score to put SDSU ahead 31-0 with 8:23 left in the first half.

The Jackrabbits added a late 32-yard Frahm field goal with 1:56 left in the first half to take the 34-0 lead into the halftime break.

SDSU added a 27-yard Frahm field goal with 2:52 left in the third quarter to cap a 12-play, 88-yard drive as the Jackrabbits went up 37-0.

Amar Johnson capped the scoring with a 22-yard touchdown run with 6:12 remaining in the fourth quarter to put the Jackrabbits ahead 44-0.

Inside the Statistics

Indiana State finished the game with 226 yards of total offense in the game with the Sycamores picking up 3.3 yards per play.

The Sycamores finished the contest with 78 rushing yards and 148 yards passing in the contest with the quarterbacks combining to go 14-of-29 through the air with five different receivers hauling in receptions.

The Sycamores won the time of possession battle in the contest, 31:17-28:43, and converted 5-of-16 third downs.

South Dakota State recorded 517 yards of total offense with 224 coming on the ground and 293 through the air.

The Jackrabbits picked up 22 first downs compared to the Sycamores’ 16.

Thanks to their punt coverage unit, the Sycamores’ net-punt average of 38.3 was higher than their average yards per punt (37.9) in the game as Indiana State limited SDSU to negative-3 return yards.

News & Notes

Gavin Dineen became the first Sycamore player to block a field goal since the 2018 season when he redirected the SDSU 50-yard attempt in the first quarter. His block was the first since Rex Mosley blocked a field goal against Eastern Illinois back on Sept. 15, 2018, in the Sycamores’ 55-41 win over the Panthers.

Peterson Kerlegrand’s 78 rushing yards marked a season-high for the running back and surpassed his mark of 73 set on opening night against Eastern Illinois.

Inoke Moala ran his tackle-for-loss streak to five consecutive games dating back to the end of the 2019 season as the redshirt senior picked up an early TFL in the first quarter on Saturday afternoon.

Travis Reiner added two more punts downed inside the 20 yard line on Saturday to run his season total to nine on the season.

Justin Dinka became the 10th Sycamore to record a catch this season.

The Sycamores were shutout for the first time since the 2019 season when Indiana State fell to South Dakota, 38-0.

Indiana State falls to 2-9 all-time against South Dakota State with the loss and 1-5 to the Jackrabbits in Terre Haute.

Up Next

Indiana State hits the road next weekend as the Sycamores travel to Vermillion, S.D. and the University of South Dakota to continue MVFC play. Kickoff between the Sycamores and the Coyotes is set for 3 p.m. ET and will be carried live on ESPN+ and 105.5 The Legend.

IUPUI MEN’S SOCCER: OFFENSE CONTINUES TO STRUGGLE AS JAGUARS FALL TO DETROIT MERCY, 2-0

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INDIANAPOLIS – The IUPUI men’s soccer team was unable to scratch for a third straight game as the Jaguars dropped a key Horizon League contest at Carroll Stadium to Detroit Mercy, 2-0. The visiting Titans got highlight reel goals in each half and held the IUPUI attack at bay to collect a crucial three points on the road.

Samory Powder staked Detroit Mercy (2-3-2, 1-1 HL) to a 1-0 lead in the 20th minute when he blistered a right-footed shot past Lucas Morefield from just outside the six-yard box. Demetri Pliakos setup the goal, sending Powder forward up the right-hand side before he drove home the winner.

IUPUI (2-4-1, 1-2 HL) hunted an equalizer before intermission, but the best chances came on two corner kicks that were cleared out by Detroit Mercy defenders and a Kirezi Freddy strike in the 43rd minute that bent just wide of the right post.

The guests wasted little time in creating some breathing room early in the second half when Pliakos laced a brilliant shot past Morefield from the right side. This time, Kyle Bandyk sent the Detroit attacker forward with a nice lead pass and Pliakos, given space, found an opening against Morefield for his second tally of the season.

Owen Jarrell had IUPUI’s best sequence of the second half when he had an initial header cleared off the line by a Detroit Mercy defender and a rebound attempt blocked away in the 69th minute. Head coach Brian Barnett moved center back Tommy Patacca into the attacking third down the stretch to try and jumpstart the offense, but to no avail.

Sophomore Rayan Choukri was IUPUI’s most lethal threat, but he was held to two shot attempts. IUPUI was outshot 13-8 overall and 5-3 on frame.

Morefield recorded three saves in the loss and Jonathan Kliewer made two saves in the shutout for the Titans.

IUPUI honored its nine-man senior class of Patacca, Gianni Catenacci, Ethan Diedel, Corey Goede, Cameron Haegele, Quinn McCallion, Anthony Saporito, Riley Shives and Matthew Skaar in front of a strong contingent of friends and family members just after Saturday’s contest.

The Jaguars will return to action on Wednesday, Sept. 29 when they trek to Cleveland State fora  7:00 p.m. kickoff on ESPN+.

Purdue Fort Wayne MSOC Earns 3-1 Win Over Robert Morris

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Purdue Fort Wayne men’s soccer team picked up a Horizon League win over Robert Morris on Saturday (Sept. 25) afternoon at the Hefner Soccer Complex by the score of 3-1.

The Mastodons held a 15-4 advantage in shots and held the majority of offensive possession for the contest.

A Keith Larson shot that hit the post in the 13th minute was one of several early chances for the ‘Dons. The Mastodons went up 1-0 when Ali Nasser scored a penalty kick in the 35th minute after Larson was taken down in the box.

Less than seven minutes later Alejandro Lopez went to his left about 20 yards from the goal and drilled a shot with his left foot into the top left corner of the goal to put the ‘Dons up 2-0. It was his second goal of the season.

The Mastodons all but ended it in the 52nd minute when Larson scored his third goal of the season. He headed in a free kick from Emil Fosse to put the ‘Dons up 3-0.

Robert Morris’ Preston Rushmore scored in the 54th minute to make the final 3-1. Connor Hain assisted on the goal. It was Robert Morris’ only shot on goal in the contest.

The ‘Dons held a 7-2 advantage in corner kicks.

Robert Morris falls to 1-7-0 (1-2-0 Horizon League). Purdue Fort Wayne improves to 3-4-1 (1-2-0 Horizon). The ‘Dons return to action on Saturday (Oct. 2) at Cleveland State.

Michigan is the Next Destination for Mastodon Women’s Golf

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Purdue Fort Wayne women’s golf team will take the course again on Sunday and Monday (Sept. 26-27) when they compete in the Oakland’s Golden Grizzlies Invitational.

Event: Golden Grizzlies Invitational

Host: Oakland

When: September 26-27 | 36 holes Sunday, 18 holes Monday

Where: Katke Cousins Golf Course | Rochester, Mich.

Par: 72

Yardage: 5972

Format: Play 5, take 4

Live Results: Golfstat

Competing Teams

Central Michigan, Cleveland State, Detroit Mercy, Dayton, Eastern Michigan, Purdue Fort Wayne, Oakland

Katke Cousins Golf Course

Oakland University’s Golf and Learning Center located on the beautifully wooded campus of Oakland University is home to two world-class golf courses: The R&S Sharf Golf Course and the Katke-Cousins Golf Course. These championship courses have hosted numerous professional and amateur tournaments. At Oakland University’s Golf & Learning Center, you will find a world-class practice facility with separate areas for full swing, short game and bunker play. It starts with a spacious driving range with over 30,000 square feet of bent grass hitting area and 28 top of the line hitting mats.  Separate teaching tees provide a truly private instruction. Well-defined targets and landing areas help simulate course conditions. The five-acre short game area includes three greens, five bunkers and multiple turf conditions for working on every aspect of your chipping, pitching and bunker game. The putting green is maintained with the same consistent speeds of the actual golf course greens which allows the opportunity to work on all facets of your putting in the perfect setting and conditions.

Mastodon Lineup

Laura Caetano, Emma Schroeder, Anna Olafsdottir, Taylor Norman and Casey Bunner will compete for the Mastodons’ team score. The rest of the team will compete as individuals: Sarah Brenneman, Kennedy Brooker, Luiza Caetanoand Arny Dagsdottir.

One in a Brazilian

Laura Caetano, a native of Brasilia, Brazil, has the second-best career average in Mastodon history. She has an average of 77.90, which only trails Holly Anderson’s 77.39. Anderson played for the mastodons from 2018-21. Caetano shot a 75 in the second round of the Cardinal Classic on September 20.

Last Time Out

The Mastodons finished seventh in the 16-team field at the Cardinal Classic. Laura Caetano and Taylor Norman tied for 27th after both shooting 232.

Next Time Up

Purdue Fort Wayne will take the course again on October 11-12 at the Rocket Classic in Port Clinton, Ohio.

EVANSVILLE WOMEN’S SOCCER: Resilient Aces battle back to earn draw with Drake

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EVANSVILLE – Falling a goal behind in the second half, the University of Evansville women’s soccer team scored late and held strong defensively to earn a 1-1 draw with Drake on Saturday afternoon at Arad McCutchan Stadium in Evansville.

Seniors Emily Wolak and Alex Eyler played crucial parts in Evansville’s comeback, scoring the goal and providing the assist on the equalizing goal in the 81st minute. Fifth-year senior goalkeeper Michaela Till played strong between the posts, recording six saves in the draw.

Both teams had spells of possession in the opening 20 minutes of action with the Aces possessing the ball in their attacking third for much of the middle portion of the opening half. In the 24th minute, Evansville was given a great opportunity just at the top of the 18. The ensuing free kick found the back of the net, but a mistake nullified the free kick on a foul for Evansville. The opportunities continued for the Aces as a handball inside the box earned UE a penalty in the 27th minute. Senior Abby Phelps stepped to the spot and smashed the PK to the left of the keeper, but Drake’s Kelsie Stone dove and punched the ball away and out for a corner. The scoreless first 45 minutes saw nine total shots between the two teams with Evansville owning a slight 5-4 advantage.

Drake came out of the half on the attack, but the Aces defense did well to hold off the Bulldogs. In the 64th minute after a run of fresh substitutions, Drake opened the scoring in the match. The Bulldogs Olivia Bruce recorded a shot from inside the box that was saved by Till, but bounced to Rachel Panther who let another shot go, finding the back of the net. Evansville battled to equalize the match, but was out-shot 11-2 in the second 45 minutes. As has been true all season, the Aces capitalized on the opportunities they earned. In the 81st minute, Alex Eyler tip-toed her way along the touchline, sliding past two Bulldog defenders to find space in the attacking third. Eyler wasted little time and whipped-in a cross that entered the box. Wolak headed Eyler’s cross, flicking it to the far post and away from Stone to tie the match at one.

In overtime, both teams attempted to create chances, but both defenses shined, allowing just two shots on goal that Till saved as the match ended in a 1-1 draw.

The match represented the fifth time this season that Evansville has battled back from a deficit to earn either a win or draw.

Evansville returns to the pitch on Wednesday when the Aces host Loyola Chicago at 4 PM at Arad McCutchan Stadium in Evansville.

INDIANAPOLIS FOOTBALL: Football Falls in Double OT

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INDIANAPOLIS – The No. 19 UIndy football team (2-2) dropped a heartbreaker at Key Stadium Saturday afternoon, falling in double overtime to Ohio Dominican, 19-16. The Greyhound defense got a big stop in the first OT to extend the game, but later a 29-yard field goal from the visiting Panthers proved to be the difference.

INS & OUTS

Trailing by a touchdown in the fourth quarter, the Greyhounds authored an epic 21-play, 10-minute drive to tie it up with just over a minute left. UIndy marched 99 yards in the process, converting four third down plays – including two 3rd-and-8 situations –  along the way.

The running back duo of Toriano Clinton and JaQuan Buchanan combined for 52 yards on the drive, but it was the final play of the series that was the most memorable. An offensive pass interference call nullified a would-be touchdown by Ethan Hand, making it 4th and goal from the 18. But the Hounds made the improbable a reality when quarterback Bryce Stancombe found a wide-open Jon Eineman for the essential game-tying score.

The drama continued for the Hounds, but they stepped up once again. ODU positioned itself for a game-winning 39-yard field goal with two seconds left, but defensive back Trevon Hall swatted down the attempt to force OT.

A Greyhounds offense came up empty on the first possession of overtime, but another missed field goal form ODU – this time wide left – gave the Hounds another shot. But after the Panthers chipped in three points to open the second OT, UIndy was unable to answer, sealing its second straight home loss.

INSIDE THE BOX SCORE

– Linebacker Kiave’ Guerrier racked a team-high 12 tackles, with three going for a loss.

– Senior and team captain Alec Patch was credited with 1.5 sacks.

– Hall wasn’t the only Hound with a blocked kick Saturday, as d-lineman Dylan Shelton got his paws on an extra-point attempt late in the third.

– Alonzo Derrick led the Hounds with six receptions for 74 yards, including a 16-yard TD catch in the second quarter.

– Cornerback Kasyus Kurns earned three pass break-ups and a forced fumble on the day, while linebacker Gavin Bane both forced and recovered a Panther fumble on the game’s opening drive.

– Eineman’s game-tying TD was his first as a collegian.

UP NEXT

The Greyhounds hit the road last weekend with a trip to Bolivar, Mo., to take on the Southwest Baptist Bearcats on Saturday, Oct. 2. Kickoff is scheduled for 2 p.m. ET.

VALPO FOOTBALL: Valpo Stuns Drake in Dramatic Victory to Open PFL Play

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Pioneer Football League action got off to a majestic start for the Valparaiso University football team on Saturday afternoon at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.

On fourth-and-10 from the Drake 30 with 1:05 remaining in the fourth quarter and Valpo down 21-17, Jordan Bingham (Indianapolis, Ind. / North Central) made a juggling, unlikely catch in the end zone to give the Beacons a 24-21 lead that would stand as the game’s final score. The Bingham heroic play marked the second desperation pass completed by redshirt junior quarterback Ben Nimz (Waukesha, Wis. / Catholic Memorial) on the game’s final drive as moments earlier he connected on a 42-yard heave to Ollie Reese (Franklin, Tenn. / Battle Ground) on 4th-and-17 from the Valpo 28.

Drake attempted a 42-yard field goal with three seconds on the clock in an effort to send the game to overtime, but Austin Martins (Newman, Calif. / Orestimba [Modesto JC]) blocked the try to ignite a celebratory scene on the Valpo sideline.  

How It Happened

Valpo played from behind early as the team’s first offensive snap resulted in an interception, setting up the Bulldogs for a short field. They capitalized with a Brandon Langdok 8-yard TD rush to take a 7-0 lead.

The Beacons bounced back on their second offensive possession, compiling an 11-play, 84-yard drive that ended with a Robert Washington (Huntersville, N.C. / East Gaston [Old Dominion]) 10-yard TD rush. The drive was highlighted by a 30-yard reception by Washington and a 17-yard catch by Reese from quarterback Teryn Berry (Redmond, Wash. / Redmond [Weber State]).

Following a missed 30-yard field goal try by the Bulldogs, Valpo used a quick strike to take the lead. In juxtaposition to the team’s elongated scoring drive on the previous possession, Valpo needed only one play as Washington broke free for an 80-yard score.

Drake’s second touchdown also came after a short field. A fumble recovery helped the Bulldogs start at the Valpo 21 before an 18-yard pass from Luke Bailey to Matt Hartlieb tied the game at 14 with 3:37 left in the first half. The score remained even going into halftime.

The Valpo defense forced a quick three-and-out on the first drive of the second half, setting up a go-ahead scoring drive for the Beacons. Kicker Brian Bartholomew (Sugar Grove, Ill. / Kaneland) crushed one through the center of the uprights from 39 yards out to make it 17-14 Valpo.

The Valpo defense thrived throughout the third quarter, forcing three-and-outs on the first three Drake drives of the second half. However, the Bulldogs capped a seven-play, 85-yard march with a 49-yard Bailey pass to Colin Howard to go ahead 21-17 with 12:10 left in the fourth.

Ben Niesner (Black Diamond, Wash. / Tahoma [Portland State]) delivered a booming 56-yard punt that was downed at the Drake 4-yard line, then his 48 yarder just narrowly crossed the goal line for a touchback following the next Valpo drive. Both of those punts led to poor field position for the Bulldogs, who continued to be held in check by a Valpo defense that forced two more three-and-outs.

Valpo threw an interception with 4:07 remaining, but once again the defense responded to give the offense another chance. The Bulldogs picked up just one first down on the ensuing drive and eventually punted it into the end zone for a touchback.

That led to Nimz’s first appearance of the game, as he came off the bench to orchestrate the aforementioned nine-play, 80-yard scoring drive featuring the two fourth-down conversions. He nearly found Braden Contreras (Hillsdale, Ill. / Hinsdale Central) for the game-winning score prior to the completion to Bingham, but Drake’s Alex Rogers made a nice play to break up the pass.

The hosts converted a fourth down of their own on the ensuing drive to keep hope alive, but the Valpo defense forced the 42-yard field goal try and the special teams unit delivered a big play with Martins coming up with the block and Austin Chilton (Windermere, Fla. / West Orange) eventually recovering the football with all zeros on the clock.

Inside the Game

Prior to the 10-7 win at Drake on April 3, 2021, Valpo had lost 17 straight head-to-head meetings with the Bulldogs and was 0-14 all-time at Drake. Now, Valpo has won back-to-back games in the head-to-head series and earned its first two wins in Des Moines in the same calendar year. This marks the first time Valpo has ever recorded back-to-back wins over Drake.

Valpo has won PFL openers in consecutive years after starting last spring with a win at Butler. The Beacons have started the conference docket with a victory in consecutive years for the first time since 2005 and 2006.

Head coach Landon Fox’s team managed to overcome a 5-0 turnover deficit (two lost fumbles, three interceptions) to still win the game.

Washington accrued 143 rushing yards on 17 carries, averaging 8.4 yards per carry. The rushing total represented a season high and marked his second straight game over 100 yards. He now owns six 100-yard rushing performances in his first 10 games in a Valpo uniform. There have been 11 occasions over the last five years where a Valpo player eclipsed 100 rushing yards, and Washington has accounted for six of them.

Washington’s 143 yards on Saturday tied for the 15th highest single-game rushing output in Division-I FCS this season and represents the second-highest by a PFL player.

Washington’s 80-yard run was Valpo’s longest play on the ground since Jarrett Morgan’s 86-yard pickup on Sept. 16, 2017 at Trinity International. It was Valpo’s longest rush against a Division-I opponent since at least 2001. It was just shy of the program record for longest scoring run from scrimmage, which is 86 yards by Joe Pahr on Oct. 8, 1949 vs. Saint Joseph’s.

Washington is tied with Cole Mueller of Illinois State for the second-longest rushing play in the nation this season. Darran Butts of Hampton had an 85-yard run for the only one longer than Washington’s in Division-I FCS so far this fall.

Martins’ blocked field goal was Valpo’s first since Trent Miller on April 10, 2021 at Morehead State. It marked the second straight game Valpo has blocked a kick after a blocked punt last week. Valpo has also blocked kicks in three consecutive PFL games dating back to last season.

Washington also had 56 receiving yards on a team-high eight catches to finish with 199 all-purpose yards. Only nine players in the FCS nation have more than 200 all-purpose yards in a single game this season. Washington became the first Valpo player with eight or more receptions in a game since Reese on March 20, 2021 vs. Drake.

Nimz has two career touchdown passes, and both have accounted for go-ahead scores in the final 1:05 of a game. His 30-yard TD toss to Bingham with 1:05 to go on Saturday followed his go-ahead connection with Braden Contreras in the closing seconds of the Spring 2021 finale, an upset victory over San Diego.

Washington’s two touchdowns upped his career total to seven rushing and eight total TDs.

Bingham’s TD catch was the first of his career.

Reese had a team-high 59 receiving yards on two grabs, including the crucial, late-game 42 yarder.

Kohlton Sherman (Millington, Mich. / Millington) boasted a team-high nine tackles including seven solos and one tackle for loss. Nathan Orlandini (Columbus, Ohio / Upper Arlington) and Gavin Twigg (Acworth, Ga. / Allatoona) contributed seven tackles apiece.

The Valpo defense forced 22 third downs as the Bulldogs went 9-of-22. Valpo outrushed Drake 155-67 and outgained the Bulldogs overall 379-350.

Dating back to last season, this marked Valpo’s fifth straight PFL game decided by four points or fewer, with Valpo moving to 3-1 in those contests. The Beacons are 3-0 in games decided by three or points or fewer over the last two seasons after going 0-4 in games decided by six points or fewer in 2019.

With his 249 punting yards on Saturday, Niesner moved past the 7,000-yard milestone for his collegiate career, including his time at both Valpo and Portland State. He is ninth among active FCS players in career punting yards.

Bartholomew went 3-for-3 on extra points and 1-for-1 on field goals for a perfect day of place kicking. He is now 11-of-13 on field-goal tries and 17-for-17 on PATs in his Valpo career.

Thoughts From Head Coach Landon Fox

“It feels amazing to win at Drake twice in a row after the program had never won here before. I told the players after the game that this win says something about our team. This game has been circled on Drake’s calendar since we played in the spring, so we had to match that intensity. In the bigger picture in terms of this year, we’re just 1-0 in the league. We like the way that sounds, but we’ve got a long way to go, and it starts with Game 2 against Marist next week.”

“On the first long catch, I had a pretty good idea that Ollie Reese had a chance. Ben threw it up there, and Ollie played it well in the air and I knew he had a really good opportunity. I didn’t feel quite as strongly about the Bingham one when it was in the air, but he was able to tip it up to himself and make a great play. Those few plays helped us overcome some mistakes that we have to get cleaned up in a hurry.”

“Ben was well prepared when his number was called. That scenario is his strength because he has a very good arm and the ability to push the ball down the field. He gave our guys a chance, and that was the key. The throw to Contreras that was knocked away was a really nice ball as well. I give him credit, and you feel good for guys like that who are sitting there waiting and then take advantage of the opportunity.”

“We were solid on defense for the most part. The guys were prepared and knew what was coming. We weren’t perfect, but we were able to hold them to 21 points despite five extra possessions from turnovers. Our defense did a nice job.”

“I’m not sure if there’s ever been a team to win despite being minus five in turnover margin. You typically can’t do that, but to our credit we continued to play hard and remained persistent in what we’re trying to do and we were able to come up with some plays to win at the end of the game.”

Up Next

Valpo (1-3, 1-0) will attempt to improve to 2-0 in PFL play next Saturday, Oct. 2 as Marist comes to town for a Homecoming matchup that kicks off at noon at Brown Field. Ticket information can be found at valpoathletics.com/tickets, and those who cannot attend can watch on ESPN3.

VALPO VOLLEYBALL: Volleyball Falls at Missouri State Saturday Evening

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The Valpo volleyball team came away with a split of the longest road trip in Missouri Valley Conference play on the opening weekend of the conference slate, falling on Saturday evening at Missouri State, 3-1 (25-14, 21-25, 25-19, 25-23).

How It Happened

The first set was tied at 9-9 before the Bears outscored the Beacons by a 16-5 margin to pull away and claim the opener.

Valpo rebounded well from dropping the opening set, however, as it never trailed in evening the match at one set apiece. A five-point spurt — including two kills from Peyton McCarthy (Cincinnati, Ohio/Seton) — pushed a 12-9 lead to 17-9, and the advantage reached as many as nine points.

The Bears rallied late in the set, closing to within as few as three points at 24-21. But out of a Valpo timeout, freshman Elise Swistek (LaPorte, Ind./New Prairie) came away with a kill to close out the second frame and make it a 1-1 match.

MSU led nearly start to finish in the third set, steadily pulling away from the Beacons. Trailing 23-11 late in the frame, Valpo put together a rally, reeling off seven points in a row to make it 23-18, but could get no closer than that.

The fourth set proved to be the tightest of the match. Valpo led throughout the early stages, but approaching the halfway point, MSU jumped on top and extended out to a three-point edge at 18-15.

The Beacons came back with three straight points and five of the next six to regain the advantage, and took a two-point lead at 22-20 on a service ace from Bella Ravotto (Mishawaka, Ind./Marian). The teams traded sideouts to move Valpo within two points of forcing a fifth set, but the Bears closed out the match with four consecutive points to finish out their 3-1 win.

Inside the Match

The loss was Valpo’s first of the season when winning at least one set, as its other two defeats had come in straight sets.

It was also the first defeat of the year for the Beacons in a true road match, as they had started the season with five consecutive true road wins.

Saturday’s match was Valpo’s 13th straight away from home to open the fall 2021 campaign.

For the second straight night, senior Haley Hart (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln-Way East) led Valpo in both kills and blocks. Against the Bears Saturday, she posted 12 kills and four rejections.

McCarthy joined Hart in double figures in kills with 11. She enters next weekend with 978 career kills, just 22 away from reaching the prestigious 1,000-kill milestone.

Fifth-year setter Brittany Anderson (East Chicago, Ind./Bishop Noll) handed out 28 assists Saturday and tallied nine digs, while sophomore Victoria Bulmahn (McCordsville, Ind./Mt. Vernon) notched 12 assists and 13 digs.

Ravotto led the Valpo effort in the back row with 17 digs. Fifth-year libero Rylee Cookerly (Brownsburg, Ind./Brownsburg) tallied 14 digs and now has 2,774 career digs — four shy of Courtney Pence’s MVC record.

Next Up

Valpo (10-3, 1-1 MVC) takes to the floor of the ARC for the first time this season next weekend for a busy stretch, as it will host three matches in four nights. The three-match weekend opens Friday evening at 6 p.m. against Indiana State, and all the action can be seen live on The Valley on ESPN.

MARIAN FOOTBALL: MARIAN RECORDS 49-0 HOME SHUTOUT AGAINST MISSOURI BAPTIST

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INDIANAPOLIS – The Knights returned home in a big way Saturday afternoon, out-gaining Missouri Baptist 542-193 as they pitched a 49-0 shutout on St. Vincent Field. The win gives Marian a 3-1 schedule as they get set for six straight MSFA Mideast contests.

Marian’s offense got off to a slow start punting on their first two series, but got in order on their third drive of the game, getting a spark thanks to a 28-yard hookup from Zach Bundalo to Ben Stevens. Baron Huebler finished off the 70 yard drive, carrying the ball on three straight plays to race the final 42 yards to the end zone giving Marian a 7-0 lead. The Knights looked poised to strike again toward the end of the opening quarter after the defense forced a kick, but were denied on downs after getting to the six yard line on the opening play of the second quarter.

Nate Frey and the defense quickly got the ball back, as Frey lunged after a batted ball to record his first career interception, and four plays later Bundalo found an open Drew Byerly on a waggle pass for a 7-yard score. Byerly’s first career score capped a 25-yard drive, putting Marian on top 14-0. Missouri Baptist held Marian in check on their next offensive series, but the defense was able to give them one final drive before the half after Tyler Majors made a key third-down stop. The Knights took over on their own eight, and found breathing room as Daylen Taylor ripped a 36 yard carry to get out near midfield.

A holding flag one play later backed the drive wiping off a 16-yard pass, and another penalty pushed Marian even further back. Facing a third and 22, Bundalo hit a hard play action, and stepped into a deep pass for Johnny William, giving the senior receiver room to run after making a contested grab, racing 68-yards to the endzone with 17 seconds remaining in the half. Trent Gipson plowed into the end zone on the point-after-try as he faked an extra point, giving Marian a 22-0 lead at the half.

Marian scored on their second drive in the third quarter on a 38-yard field goal from Marlon Pomili, going on top 25-0 as their defense showed no signs of letting the Spartans break loose. Over their next two drives Marian’s offense put the game to bed, as Bundalo connected with William on back to back drives, pushing Marian ahead 39-0 with 3:54 remaining in the quarter. The two receptions totaled 68 yards for William, with the second going 39 yards through the air on a one-play drive.

The defense continued their strong play allowing two first downs over the final 18 minutes of the game, and in the fourth quarter Marian possessed the ball for over nine minutes scoring 10 points to complete their win. Taylor ran for a 33-yard score on the first series of the final stanza, with Pomili adding another field goal one drive later after a fumle to cap the scoring on the 49-0 game.

As a team Marian ran for 241 yards, with Taylor leading the way with 138 and one score. Huebler ran for 77 yards in his first game seeing a feature role, scoring his first touchdown at St. Vincent Field. Bundalo tied a season-high with 277 passing yards throwing a career-best four touchdowns, finding William four times for 141 yards and three scores. Stevens hauled in five passes for 119 yards, and Armani Glass caught his first career pass from Tristan Polk.

On the defensive side of the ball, Marian forced 11 punts and created two takeaways as they held the Spartans to under 200 yards of offense in the first shutout under defensive coordinator Tyler Stinn. Majors led the defense with 5.5 tackles from his defensive line spot, forcing a fumble while making 1.5 stops behind the line. Frey recorded the first two takeaways of his young career recovering a fumble and intercepting a pass, and Ricky Kwak made 3.5 tackles. Chauncey Mays made his first start at defensive tackle this season, and made 2.5 sacks dropping Josh Munn for a loss of 13 yards.

The Knights will head on the road for their next contest as they dive into MSFA Mideast play, traveling to Taylor on October 2 for a 3 PM start.

MARIAN MEN’S SOCCER: MARIAN’S SECOND HALF ATTACK LEADS KNIGHTS TO CL WIN OVER GRACE

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INDIANAPOLIS – Coming out of the locker room after a stagnat first half, the Marian men’s soccer team found enough offense in the second half scoring twice in the final 28 minutes to secure a win on the opening day of Crossroads League play. The Knights received a goal from both James Jenkins and Nate Van Keulen, leading the Knights to a 1-0 start in league play, while their overall record improves to 5-3-2.

Grace controlled the tempo in the first half of Saturday’s league opener, holding a large advantage of shot attempts by striking nine times to Marian’s four. The early offense for Grace started with a pair of corners and shot from TJ White in the fourth minute, and continued with a header just four minutes later. Marian made their first run of the game in the 12th minute, but came up empty as Sebastian Gonzalez missed the frame. The Lancers continued to pound the zone on offense by hammering three shots in a 60 second span, but Brendan Weiger commanded his defense in the right spot as the attempts were blocked, saved, and carromed off the crossbar.

The Lancers would test the net three more times over the final 30 minutes of the half, out-shooting Marian 3-2. Weiger was challenged on all three shots, standing tall in net to make the save each time to preserve the clean sheet.

In the second half both teams put together strong runs on offense throughout the opening 10 minutes, but the keepers made the save each time as Wegier and Matteo Conci kept the ball out of the net. A shot from Dylann Merchand sparked Marian’s offense in the 57th minute, as his shot on frame produced a pair of corner kicks and two shots, as Marian began dominating possession. That offensive rhythm paid off in the 62nd minute, as David Green raced down the left side of the field, firing a ball from outside the box toward a cluster of Knights. James Jenkins came away with the ball, and sent Green’s pass into the back of the net, scoring his first goal since September 8 to put Marian in the lead.

Marian defended strong over the remaining 28 minutes as they attempted to secure the win, and after three saves from Weiger the offense iced the game, as Nate Van Keulen got loose in the 86th minute, winning a full-field race to hammer in a goal. Van Keulen’s goal with 4:53 remaining gave Marian a 2-0 lead, allowing Marian to ice away the win.

The Knights were out-shot 20-9 in the victory, but made it count on the offensive end getting two of their four shots on goal to find the back of the net. Van Keulen led Marian in shots with three netting his second goal of the season, and Gonzalez took two shots. Jenkins scored on his only shot of the game, with his goal standing as the game-winner. Weiger recorded his third shutout of the season in frame, making nine saves in net.

Marain will travel to Spring Arbor on Wednesday for their first road test of the Crossroads League season.

MARIAN VOLLEYBALL: MARIAN COMPLETES SEASON SWEEP OF GOSHEN WITH THREE SET WIN

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INDIANAPOLIS – Marian’s undefeated start to the 2021 season continued Saturday afternoon, as the Knights volleyball team swept Goshen College to improve to 18-0 overall this season. Marian is now 10-0 in Crossroads League play, winning the match with set scores of 25-19, 25-17, and 25-14.

The Knights got off to a quick start in the opening set as Lexi Spence served a 7-0 lead to start, but a string of Marian errors allowed Goshen to come back and tie the set 7-7. A kill from Spence got Marian out of their poor play, but the Maple Leafs were able to hang around using multiple errors to build a 14-11 lead. Jai-Lyn Norwood and Gabby Fish helped Marian bring the set back to a tie, and later Fish started a 4-0 run with a pair of kills to put Marian in front 19-16. A Norwood kill helped spark the final 4-0 run for Marian, as they went on to win the first game 25-19.

Marian played a much cleaner game in set two, taking down the Maple Leafs 25-17 as they rotated in their substitutes. Emma Hirchak was one of the Knights that played a big role in the second set win, scoring a pair of kills during a 4-0 spurt to pushed her team to a 11-8 lead. Goshen would only come within two for the remainder of the set, with a pair of 3-0 runs pushing the lead to eight. A kill from Alison Dreves gave Marian a 20-13 lead, setting up a 5-4 finish with a Hirchak kill and Maple Leaf attack error ending the set.

Marian was at their best in the third set, as they closed the day with a 25-14 win. After trading points early, a Jaymison Summers kill set the home team in the right direction as she began a one-sided 10-0 run. Serena Dodson recorded a pair of aces in the run, with three kills from Dreves helping drive the score to 15-5. Marian led by as many as 12 in the final set, ending the night on a kill from Dreves.

Dreves led Marian in kills on the afternoon changing from her back row spot to outside hitter in the second and third sets, posting seven kills and six digs. Averi Lanman had five kills, Hirchak had six, and Fish finished with seven as the Knights totaled 53 in the match with a hitting percentage of .340. Spence led Marian’s setters with 18 assists, while Dodson had 16 and Katie Hardegree had five in the final set. Maggie Meyer led Marian with 15 digs, and Gianna Feld had 12 logging action in the second and third games.

Marian will return home on Wednesday night as they host Spring Arbor at 7 PM.

RHIT Women’s Tennis – Ohio Northern 8, RHIT 1

FRANKLIN, Ind. — Ohio Northern University improved to 4-0 on the season with an 8-1 victory over Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in neutral site women’s tennis action on Saturday afternoon at Franklin College.

Taylor Goldman highlighted the Rose-Hulman performance with a 6-0, 6-2 victory at the No. 1 singles position.

Rose-Hulman travels to Manchester on Sunday at 3 pm in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference action.

RHIT Men’s Soccer – Ohio Northern 4, RHIT 0

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — Ohio Northern University scored twice in each half to pick up a 4-0 men’s soccer victory at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology on Saturday afternoon.

Trevor Tabb, Levi King and Caiman Moore found the back of the net to lead the offense for Ohio Northern.  The Polar Bears outshot Rose-Hulman 20-6 in the contest.

Takezo Kelly led the Rose-Hulman with four shots.  Evan Hofer recorded five saves to lead the Fightin’ Engineer defensive performance.

Ohio Northern improved to 5-3-1, while Rose-Hulman dropped to 3-4-1.  The Fightin’ Engineers open HCAC play at home against Mount St. Joseph on Wednesday.

RHIT Volleyball Splits Saturday Twinbill

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology volleyball team defeated Blackburn College in four sets and fell to Illinois Institute of Technology in four sets to close out the 2021 Engineer Invitational at Hulbert Arena on Saturday.

Rose-Hulman took the opener over Blackburn by a 25-19, 25-14, 23-25, 25-20 count.  Sophia Koop led the offense with 20 kills, and Elizabeth Canon added 17 kills.

Jillian Gregg had 27 assists, and Sophia Harrison contributed 21 assists to the performance.  Kylie Rathbun added team-highs of four service aces and 19 digs.

Allie Fults led the blocking effort with three solo blocks and six block assists.  Jillian Gregg pitched in with four total blocks.

Rathbun paced five players with double figure digs with 19.  Koop had 16, Harrison tallied 13, Claudia Rowan contributed 12, and Gregg added 11 for the Engineers.

In the nightcap, Illinois Institute of Technology picked up a 25-22, 19-25, 25-15, 25-11 victory to close out the four match weekend.

Canon had a team-high 10 kills.  Koop added eight kills and tied for team-high honors with Harrison at three service aces. 

Fults had six total blocks to lead the front row defense, and Rathbun (24) and Koop (13) tallied double figure digs.  Gregg had 18 assists, with Harrison contributing 11.

Rose-Hulman stands 8-8 on the season and starts Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference play at home next Saturday at 1 pm against Defiance College.

RHIT Women’s Golf – 6th at Millikin with 2 Top 10 Finishes

DECATUR, Ill. — Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology relied on two top-10 finishes to bring home 6th place at the Millikin University Women’s Golf Invitational on Friday and Saturday.

Rachel Zhang paced the Fightin’ Engineers with a 4th place overall finish.  Zhang completed rounds of 74 and 82.

Lily Byrne also had a top-10 finish by coming home in 7th after scores of 77 and 83.

Lauren Conley was 19th with rounds of 85 and 82.  Meg Fosnot contributed scores of 86 and 91, and Olivia Sexton tallied 86 and 109 in the effort.  Annie Gant scored 107 and 97 over the two days of competition.

Rose-Hulman returns to action in the Engineer Triad featuring Franklin and Anderson at Hulman Links Golf Course next weekend.

TAYLOR ATHLETICS | Scott Powers Taylor to Sweep of Grace

UPLAND, Ind. – On a day when senior Amanda Adams recorded her 1,500th kill in a Trojan uniform, it was freshman, Sarah Scott, who stole the show with a career-high 15 kills in RV Taylor’s three-set sweep of Grace (8-10, 3-7 CL) inside Odle Arena.

Saturday’s match marked the start of the second-half of the Crossroads League schedule and TU showed no signs of slowing down. Taylor improved to 19-2 for the first time since owning a 23-2 clip in 2010 and notched a season sweep of the Lancers for the first time since 2016.

TU led throughout much of the action once again, but needed late rallies in each set to hold off the guests in the 25-20, 25-23, 25-23 decision.

In the opener, Taylor took a 16-12 lead only to have to call a timeout after Grace had rallied back to knot the margin at 17-17. TU came out of the break with six of the next seven points and went on to the 25-20 win. Scott set the tone with five kills in seven swings, while Stephaney Fifield posted 10 digs, two assists and one kill.

The middle game followed a similar script, with GC making a late push to cut the Taylor lead down to 22-21. This time, a block from Jaylynn Dunsmore and Grace Isaacs stemmed the tide and an Isaacs kill finished the 25-23 set. Scott stayed hot in the second, adding four more terminations on just seven swings.

Taylor unleashed Scott in the third and the middle hitter did not disappoint, shredding the Lancer defense with four more kills in the early going for a 10-5 TU start. Just like the first two games, Grace rallied back to force ties at 13-13 and 23-23. And just like the first two games, Taylor had the final say, getting a kill from Czerniak and a block from Kacy Bragg and Isaacs to secure the 25-23 win and match sweep.

With the Grace blockers keying on slowing down Taylor’s senior hitters, Scott stepped into the spotlight and delivered a career-day, pacing the Trojans with 15 kills in 25 swings without a miscue. Scott also added two blocks and a .600 hitting percentage to fuel TU past the Lancers.

Czerniak finished the day with nine kills and three blocks, with Adams also tallying nine kills, two aces and nine digs and becoming Taylor’s first player to surpass 1,500 career kills since Kelsey Pritchard (2008-2011).

Bragg recorded 39 assists and eight digs, Nikki Parrett added 13 digs and Fifield anchored the defense once again with 28 digs.

RV Taylor (19-2, 9-1 CL) is set to resume play on Wednesday, September 29, with a 7:00 pm start inside Odle Arena against Huntington (8-11, 3-7 CL).

TAYLOR ATHLETICS | TU Football Stymied by No. 17 Olivet Nazarene

BOURBONNAIS, Ill. – Taylor produced 21 first downs in Saturday evening’s clash at No. 17 Olivet Nazarene, but the hosts scored 24-unanswered points over the final half to pull away with a 34-7 victory.

The game started eerily similar to Taylor’s turnover riddled loss to NCAA Division I FCS Butler one week prior, as the Trojans lost an unforced fumble on their opening possession and Olivet Nazarene (2-1) found the end zone moments later for a 7-0 lead.

The hosts pushed their lead to 10-0 on their next possession, before the Taylor offense put together four-straight productive drives to close the half. TU only managed seven points from those possessions however, as two missed field goals and a turnover on downs inside the 20-yard line spoiled three of the drives.

TU’s lone scoring march of the game started at its own 36-yard line with 5:52 remaining in the second quarter. The nine-play, 64-yard drive was highlighted by a 37-yard connection from Zac Saltzgaber to Dakohta Sonnichsen and later capped by a one-yard touchdown run from Dylan Scally.

Taylor would get no closer, as a potential game-tying field goal at the end of the half was off the mark and ONU put 17 points on the board in its first three drives out of the intermission to put the game out of reach.

Taylor was out-gained in yardage by a 441 to 285 gap on the night, with the biggest difference coming on the ground, where TU averaged just 2.8 yards per carry compared to 7.2 yards per rush by the Tigers.

TU was hurt once again by turnovers, as one lost fumble and two interceptions further hindered the Trojans.

Aven Jones led the Taylor defense with career-high 17 tackles and Collin Woolford hauled in TU’s lone takeaway with an interception.

Taylor (1-2) will open MSFA Mideast League play at home on Saturday, October 2 with a 1:00 pm start time against No. 8 Marian (3-1).

TAYLOR ATHLETICS | Women’s Golf Dominate Final Round to Claim Victory

SOUTH BEND, Ind. –  The 18th-ranked Taylor women’s golf team blitzed the 5,962-yard, par-72 layout of Blackthorn Golf Club with a team score of 292 to pull away for a 16-shot victory in the Battle at Blackthorn.

Taylor entered the final round tied with No. 16 Bethel but the Trojans posted the lowest team score in the 18-year history of the event with a 4-over par 292 on Saturday.

Sophomore Elizabeth Kemper led the charge for the Trojans in the final round with a career-low round of 1-under par 71 that included birdies on each of her last two holes. Kemper’s final round charge helped the sophomore from Fairland, Indiana secure a top-10 finish with a two-round total of 155 (84-71). Kemper played the par-5’s at Blackthorn in 1-under for the tournament, tied for the top mark on the par-5’s in the field.

Senior All-American Nicole Jung and freshman Sabrina Langerak each carded final round 73’s to finish tied for second place, three shots behind Olivet Nazarene’s Margaux Catafort-Sil.

Jung finished second in the field with 23 pars for the tournament, posting scores of 76-73 to finish at 149. Langerak’s final round was a rollercoaster of sorts as the Grand Rapids, Michigan native made six birdies on Saturday. The freshman led the field with eight birdies for the tournament and finished at 149 with rounds of 76-73.

Freshman Ellie Karst posted a career-low round of 75 during Saturday’s final round. The Noblesville, Indiana native displayed impressive ball-striking, hitting nine of 14 fairways and 14 of 18 greens. Karst earned a tie for seventh place at 154 (79-74).

Fellow freshman Ellie Beavins added a final round 78 to also finish tied for seventh place at 154, tallying rounds of 76-78. Beavins finished third in the field in par-4 scoring at 4-over for the weekend.

Taylor’s team score of 292 is one shot shy of the record for the lowest team score in program history, tying the 292 round the Trojans tallied in round two of the 2021 Crossroads League Championship.

The victory marked the second for Taylor this season. TU will return to action on Oct. 4-5 when Taylor travels to Harbor Shores Golf Club in Benton Harbor, Michigan.

TAYLOR ATHLETICS | Davis Wins as Trojans Roll to Title

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Sophomore Austin Davis collected her first career tournament title on Saturday, posting a final round 1-under par 71 en route to a victory at the Battle at Blackthorn.

Davis edged teammates Javan Johnson and Adam Kasitz to earn the win. Davis finished at 3-under par 141 (70-71) while Johnson posted a 142 with back-to-back rounds of 71. Kasitz, who entered the final round tied with Davis atop the leaderboard, finished in a tie for third place at 143 (70-73).

Davis did most of his damage on the par-4’s on the 6,992-yard, par-72 layout of Blackthorn Golf Club as the Pendleton, Indiana native played the par-4’s at 2-under par, the top mark in the field. Johnson was effective on the par-3’s as the redshirt junior All-American was tied for the best mark in the field on par-3’s at 1-under. Davis and Johnson were tied for the most birdies in the field as both carded eight birdies in the 36-hole event.

The 11th-ranked Trojans rolled to the team title with a blistering two-day total of 6-under par 570. The Trojans backed up yesterday’s team round of 4-under par 284 with a 2-under par 286 en route to a 22-shot victory over second place Lawrence Tech.

Junior Noah Ross bounced back from a poor opening round to card a 1-under par 71 in the final round that included birdies on three of his last four holes. Junior Drew Picking added an 80 for the Trojans in the final round.

Taylor led the field in birdies (31) and pars (112) while also leading the field in par-3 scoring (+3), par-4 scoring (+17), and finishing second in par-5 scoring (-9).

The win for TU was its second of the season. The Trojans will return to action on Oct. 4-5 when Taylor travels to Harbor Shores Golf Club in Benton Harbor, Michigan for the Harbor Shores Intercollegiate.

TAYLOR ATHLETICS | TU Celebrates Conference-Opening Win

UPLAND, Ind. – The TU men’s soccer team won its conference-opener against Mount Vernon Nazarene (5-3) by a score of 1-0, as Luke Holwerda locked in the match’s only goal.

As the crowd continually packed itself inside Turner Stadium, the Trojans steadily calmed the Cougar offense. While MNVU found itself with the ball throughout the match, Taylor refused to allow the Cougars to do anything with it. Taylor out-shot the Cougars 19 to five, one of which eventually found its way into the net.

After 65 minutes of scoreless play, the Trojans finally managed to break the Cougar defense. The sequence began with junior, Sawyer Watterson, attacking the left side of the net. In the face of two sliding defenders, Watterson sent a shot off the left post, which deflected eight yards out to senior, Luke Wolwarda, who buried the match’s first goal in the right pocket of the net.

Holwarda locked in his third goal of the year, while granting Watterson his second assist. With his third goal, the Illinois native is now tied with fellow senior, Quinn Partain, for the team-lead with eight points.

Freshman goalie, Sam Spiegel, continued to impress with his fourth win on the year, securing four saves against MNVU and lowering his season goals-against average to 0.64.

TU now boasts a record of 6-2, which is the team’s best start to a season since the historic 2011 season in which the Trojans went 19-2-1. 2011 also marks the last time Taylor men’s soccer beat Mount Vernon Nazarene, as tonight ended a 10-consecutive match winless streak against the Cougars. In addition, the Trojans have not won their conference-opener since taking down Bethel to open league play in 2014.

Taylor (6-2) will look to continue its strong start to the season on Wednesday, September 29, when the Trojans take on Huntington (6-4) inside Turner.

TAYLOR ATHLETICS | Shutout Streak Ends as Trojans Drop Conference-Opener

UPLAND, Ind. – TU women’s soccer lost its first match of the season, as the Trojans’ shutout-streak ended at seven while dropping their conference-opener by a score of 1-0 at Mount Vernon Nazarene (4-4).

Play was fairly even and clean for the majority of the match, with the two teams totaling a mere 14 fouls. At the end of the first half, the Trojans and Cougars were even at three shots, one of which, however, had an effect on the scoreboard.

With just under five minutes remaining before intermission, MNVU became the first team to score a goal on the Trojans thus far in the 2021 campaign. After nearly 675 minutes of perfect play, Taylor goalie, Hannah Brackenbury, allowed her first goal of the season. Brackenbury, who leads the nation with seven shutouts and was recently named the NAIA Defensive Player of the Week, simply revealed herself to be human.

MNVU went into half up 1-0, and one goal proved to be all that was needed. The Cougars maintained control of the match, totaling 12 shots, four of which landed on frame while Taylor only managed to send one shot on goal.

For the Trojans, Erin Teevans, AC Hardy, and Claire Massey each took two shots throughout the match, but none could find its way into the net. After seven-consecutive shutouts to begin the year, TU lost its first game of the year in an unfortunate reversal.

The Trojans (7-1) will be back in action on Wednesday, September 29, as they continue conference play by taking on Huntington (3-3-2) at 7:00 pm.

ANDERSON Volleyball: Ravens Charge Past Bison, Griffins

The Anderson University volleyball team charged past Bethany College (W. Va.) and Fontbonne University with wins during the Franklin College Tournament on Saturday in Franklin.

Anderson (7-8) locked up a 25-17, 18-25, 25-22, 25-18 win against Bethany (6-6) to open the day. The Ravens closed out with a 18-25, 25-8, 25-18, 25-18 victory against Fontbonne (1-7).

“After a rough night [on Friday], we regrouped and put together two fundamentally sound matches,” Coach Tami Miller said. “We played a talented Bethany team with great backcourt play from Brooke Troyer, Sydney McClain and Ally Hall. We defeated a scrappy Fontbonne team in the afternoon. In both matches, our frontcourt was led by Tess Perdue, Sydney McClain, Shaylen Perry and Felicity Bontrager.”

ANDERSON 3, BETHANY 1

Sydney McClain (Urbana, Ohio/Emmanuel Christian Academy) poured in 30 digs to lead the Ravens. The sophomore outside hitter from Urbana, Ohio also contributed 10 kills. Brooke Troyer (Elkhart, Ind./Elkhart Memorial) collected 11 digs. Shaylen Perry (Eaton, Ohio/Eaton) provided 12 kills, three blocks and a .333 attack percentage. Felicity Bontrager (Goshen, Ind./Fairfield) put together nine kills, three blocks and a .421 hitting percentage. Tess Perdue (Lexington, Ky./West Jessamine) tallied 12 kills while Jimena Montano (Algonquin, Ill./Harvest Christian Academy) recorded four blocks. Kaycie Gates (Newburgh, Ind./Castle) produced 25 assists and 10 digs. Kate Todd (Festus, Mo./Festus) dished out 18 assists while Ally Hall (Pendleton, Ind./Pendleton Heights) scattered six digs.

The Ravens put together a .145 attack percentage while the Bison finished with a .093 hitting percentage.

ANDERSON 3, FONTBONNE 1

Gates racked up 18 assists and five service aces. Perdue turned in 11 kills. Bontrager recorded 10 kills and a ,450 attack percentage. Todd contributed 15 assists, 10 digs and three service aces. McClain put together eight kills and 13 digs. Montano smashed eight kills while McClain produced six kills and a .364 attack percentage. Troyer also provided 10 digs.

Anderson racked up a .233 attack percentage while Fontbonne contributed a .093 hitting percentage.

UP NEXT

Anderson kicks off the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) season by hosting Franklin College (8-8, 0-0) for the Dig for the Cure on Saturday at 1 p.m. in O.C. Lewis Gymnasium.

ANDERSON Women’s Soccer: (RV) Knights Battle Past Ravens

Calvin University battles past the Anderson University women’s soccer team in a 5-1 victory on Saturday in Grand Rapids, Mich.

The Knights (6-2) outshot the Ravens (1-5-1) by a 35-5 margin and finished with a 19-3 advantage in shots on goal. Calvin is receiving votes in the latest United Soccer Coaches (USC) NCAA Division III poll and is ranked No. 3 in the latest USC Region VIII poll.

“Calvin’s a strong team and we knew it would be a battle,” Coach Jennifer Myhre said. “We weathered their pressure early. It was a great double-team effort by Izzy Wilson and Lillie Casey to win the ball on the goal and Lillie had great placement and composure to finish it and give us some momentum to finish the half just down by one.”

Lillie Casey (Loveland, Ohio/Goshen) delivered a goal in the 31st minute. Izzy Wilson (Decatur, Ind./Bellmont) helped Casey recover the loose ball and Casey finished the unassisted goal.

Calvin held a 2-1 lead at halftime. The Knights then took a 3-1 lead in the second half. During the second half, Paarlberg came up with a penalty kick save. The Ravens also recorded two defensive saves.

“Emmalee kept us in and came up big with the PK save as well as other key saves from the backline who fought hard. With new players needing to adjust back for [Saturday’s} game, I was pleased how they stepped up.”

Casey put both of her shots on frame. Taylor Baker (Springfield, Ohio/Catholic Central) provided two shots and one shot on goal. Corissa Horton (Fountaintown, Ind./Triton Central) also added a shot.

Paarlberg saved 12 of the 17 shots she faced.

Anderson takes on Transylvania University (5-2-1, 0-0) to open the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) season on Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. at the AU Soccer Fields.

Wabash Opens Conference Play With 1-1 Draw At Wooster

Wabash opened the North Coast Athletic Conference portion of its 2021 fall season at the College of Wooster Saturday. The Little Giants took a 1-0 lead on a penalty kick, but a penalty kick by Wooster in the closing minutes of regulation resulted in a 1-1 double-overtime tie.

Wabash (7-2-1, 0-0-1 NCAC) took the 1-0 lead in the 28th minute of the match. Mitchell Keeling scored his fourth goal of the season by converting a penalty kick after the host Fighting Scots (6-2-1, 0-0-1) committed a foul in the box.

The 1-0 lead held up until a penalty on Wabash in the box with 3:15 remaining in regulation led to a Max Hill goal and a 1-1 tie.

Both teams managed one shot in the first overtime session. Wooster put a shot on goal in the second OT, but it was turned away by Wabash starting goalkeeper Andrew Dever. Dever recorded a total of six saves in the contest.

Wabash was outshot 18-7 overall but put four shots on goal compared to seven for Wooster. Keeling led the Little Giants with three shots on goal.

Wabash returns to action on Saturday, October 2, with a home match at 1 p.m. versus Hiram College.

INDIANA WESLEYAN WSOCCER: NO. 10 WOMEN’S SOCCER OPENS LEAGUE PLAY WITH A SHUTOUT VICTORY

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MARION, Ind. – No. 10 Indiana Wesleyan women’s soccer collected their fifth match of the season with at least three goals, downing Goshen College 6-0 to open Crossroads League play. It’s the Wildcat’s largest League win since 2016, when they sunk the Pilots 11-0 and their 16th straight win over the Maple Leafs.

INSIDE THE BOX

IWU collected their fifth shutout of the season, tying their mark from a season ago.

Five different Wildcats netted a goal while Mallory Krueger collected her first multi-goal game. It was also her first career game-winning goal.

Karly King followed collecting her first career assist during the last match, but would one-up it tonight netting her first career goal.

Hope Stacker collected her 12th career shutout tonight and 16th career win.

Sydney Brown collected her ninth assist of the season. The junior has assisted on a goal in all but one match this season. She has just 16 total in her career coming into this season.

Kristy Bowden found the back of the net for the third time this season, matching her career total in her first two seasons.

SEIFFERT PERSPECTIVE

“It was good to get our first league game under our belt tonight. We had great fans again and atmosphere, and we are thankful for the constant support from our family, friends, and community. We look forward to getting back to training on Monday.”

NEXT TIME OUT

IWU hosts Bethel University on Wednesday at 7 p.m.

The Wildcats have won 13 of the last 15 meetings, with both losses coming at home.

INDIANA WESLEYAN MSOCCER: MEN’S SOCCER OPENS CONFERENCE PLAY WITH WIN OVER GOSHEN

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GOSHEN, Ind. – RV Indiana Wesleyan men’s soccer started off conference play with a win over Goshen College this evening. IWU leads the all-time record 19-3 against the Maple Leafs dating back to 2006.

MATCH HIGHLIGHTS

Jonas Becari connected on his first goal of the season in the 33rd minute off a penalty shot.

Giuseppe Santacroce connected on a header from Winter Casseus early into the second half at the 57-minute mark.

IWU gave up one lone goal in the 65th minute off of a free kick from the top of the box.

Aaron Carr returned in goal for the Wildcats posting three saves.

REEB PERSPECTIVE

“It’s nice to start conference play with three points. Nothing is ever easy in our conference and we had to earn it tonight against a good Goshen team. We were missing a few important guys tonight but our bench continues to step up when called upon.”

NEXT TIME OUT

Wildcats continue conference play on the road at Bethel University on Wednesday, September 29 at 7pm.

INDIANA WESLEYAN VOLLEYBALL: NO.16 WILDCATS DEFEAT NO. 22 PILOTS

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MARION, Ind. – No. 16 Indiana Wesleyan volleyball defeated No. 22 Bethel University 3-1 this afternoon. IWU avenges a 3-0 loss to the Pilots on September 1, 2021. Today’s matchup was a battle point for point as the majority of the match was within a five-point spread outside of one spread of seven points in the fourth set.

MATCH HIGHLIGHTS

WIN 3-1: 25-22, 21-25, 25-22, 25-20

IWU collected 55 kills on the match. Spread out attack led by Martina Demarchi with 14 kills. Macy Puthoff and Cassie Gregory recorded career-bests 11 kills a piece.

Victoria Johnson posted solid numbers at the net collecting four blocks and nine kills.

Olivia Zawadzki recorded 48 assists.

Both teams collected 64 digs on the match. Paige Thibault led the way for the Wildcats with 27 digs, tying her career-best.

Despite collecting 55 kills, the Wildcats and Pilots both struggled on the attack with IWU leading with kill percentage 0.184 to Bethel’s 0.135.

MOATS PERSPECTIVE

“The girls played with a lot of heart today! They really wanted it and did it together! So proud of their effort! I see us maturing as a young team! Exciting to watch and coach!”

NEXT TIME OUT

Wildcats continue the second round of conference at home hosting University of Saint Francis on Wednesday, September 29 at 7pm.

TRINE FOOTBALL: Colonels Grind Out Victory Over Thunder

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DANVILLE, Ky. — The Trine University football team traveled to face Centre (Ky.) College for their final non-conference matchup of the season, but were unable to find an offensive rhythm and will return home with a 14-7 loss.

The Thunder defense played tough the entire contest, but the first half in particular saw them succeed in bend but don’t break fashion. Both teams would punt through the first four drives of the contest, with both teams combining for a single first down.

Trine looked to be set to strike first in the contest when they pieced together a long 45-yard drive setting up a 47-yard field goal attempt for senior kicker Ryan Hibbets (Monticello, Ind. / Twin Lakes). The long attempt would edge just left and the drive to keep the game scoreless.

Centre responded with a quick strike 69-yard run on the next play to set up a first-and-goal at the one-yard line. The Thunder defense was up to the task however with Kyle Naif (Riverview, Mich. / Riverview) disrupting the first down play in the backfield for a loss of three yards and then stopping the play short of the goal line on third down to force a field goal attempt. The strong defense continued when senior Angle Sanchez (Valparaiso, Ind. / Portage) blocked the attempt, keeping the game scoreless.

The rest of the first half was mostly uneventful with both teams trading punts and with Centre missing one more field goal. The teams would head to halftime still scoreless.

The third quarter belonged to the Colonels, as they put together a pair of 75-yard drives each ending in a touchdown to take a 14-0 lead. The Thunder offensive struggles continued for the quarter as they would punt on two of their drives and turn the ball over on downs on a fourth during the quarter.

The team finally found some footing in their first drive of the fourth quarter. Following a punt from Centre the Thunder started a drive at the 10:17 mark of the final period pinned on their own 20-yard line. Junior Brett Kaylor (Huntington, Ind. / Huntington North) opened the drive with a 16-yard completion to Rodney Johnson (Houston, Texas / Benjamin O Davis, Jr.). The team would move the ball down the field on the strength of Kaylor’s arm, aided by a few key penalties from the Centre defense, including a pair of defensive offsides that helped the team convert a 4th-and-ten.

Kaylor finished off the drive with a six-yard pass to junior Kale Lawson (Reynolds, Ind. / Tri-County) for the touchdown. Following Hibbets extra point the team pulled within one score at 14-7.

The team was unable to close the gap further despite the defense coming up with a pair of stops over the final 10 minutes of the contest.

Trine falls to 2-2 following the loss. They will return home to open the 2021 Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) season on homecoming by hosting Adrian College. The contest is set to start at 1 p.m.

BETHEL COLLEGE FOOTBALL: No. 5/6 Saint John’s Wins Classic 31-25 Over No. 13/15 Bethel

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COLLEGEVILLE, Minn. – The No. 13/15 Bethel University football team waged another classic against rival No. 5/6 Saint John’s University in Collegeville but came up just short by a 31-25 score. The first and second halves were very different but both saw the Johnnies hold a slight advantage on the scoreboard. The first half was a defensive war with SJU holding a slight 7-6 edge and the second was an offensive shootout with both teams using big plays and long drives but the Johnnies used a field goal and a pair of point after touchdown fails for the Royals to hold their six-point advantage.

The game started with a 25-yard kickoff return by senior defensive back Tavian Swanson setting BU up at the 37-yard line. The Royals then used a trio of third and long conversions with quarterback Jaran Roste finding freshman receivers Joey Kidder, Micah Niewald and Gabe Ante to get inside the red zone. Facing a fourth and four, Roste found running back Bryce Kunkle out of the backfield for a 19-yard connection as Kunkle was able to find his way down the sideline and into the endzone for a 6-0 lead. The extra point was no good, the first such miss of the season for Bethel and freshman kicker Jack Hanson.

The Johnnies first possession was ended after six plays by a Nate Farm interception on a deflected pass with Farm returning it 23 yards to the BU 44. The Royals would go three-and-out however and both teams would punt on their next two possessions with just one first down gained as both defenses were stout. The Royals were forced to punt for a third time with 12:26 remaining in the second quarter when the Johnnies were able to go on a 16-play, 77-yard drive that was finished with a touchdown pass on third and goal from the 12-yard line by Aaron Syverson to wide receiver Ravi Alston. The preseason All-American would finish with 159 yards on 11 catches for SJU. The extra point was good to give the Johnnies a 7-6 lead that would carry into halftime.

The second half was a very different story than the first with both offenses having tremendous success in sustaining drives and producing big plays. SJU struck first with a field goal to make it 10-6 after their first possession. Saint John’s was then able to force the Royals to punt and a mishandled snap gave the Johnnies a short field to work with. SJU needed four plays to cover the 31 yards and the extra point gave the Johnnies a 17-6 lead. The Royals responded however with a 7-play, 71-yard drive sparked by a pair of Roste to Kidder connections for 26 and 35 yards respectively. Roste then ran over a couple SJU defenders and was near the goal line when a Johnnie latched onto his facemask and ripped his helmet off with Roste still able to plow forward and into the endzone. By rule however the play was blown dead when the ball carriers helmet came off, giving the Royals a first and goal from the one instead of the touchdown. On the following play Aaron Ellingson took a pitch from Roste and easily trotted into the end zone but BU’s two-point conversion attempt failed, making the score 17-12.

The Johnnies used a 7-play, 71-yard drive to bring their lead back up to 24-12 with just over a minute remaining in the third quarter. BU responded with their own 71-yard touchdown drive on eight plays with Roste once again showcasing his power as he plowed multiple SJU defenders on his way into the endzone from four yards out. The extra point was good and the score stood at 24-17 with 12 minutes remaining.

On the ensuing kickoff an illegal block on the Johnnies backed them up, starting at their own 8-yard line. SJU however would cover those 92-yards in seven plays and three minutes and 33 seconds to extend their lead to 31-17. A three-and-out by both teams would give the Royals the ball back with just under six minutes remaining.  On a fourth and four from the 42-yard line Roste found an uncovered Joey Kidder streaking down the middle of the field and Kidder was able to get himself into the endzone for a 58-yard touchdown bringing the Royals back within one score at 31-25 as the extra point knocked off the upright. The Royals would not get the ball back however as SJU used 10 plays to run out the remaining five minutes on the clock converting once on a third and four and once on a fourth and one to seal the game.

The Royals (2-1, 0-1, 0-0) will now turn their attention to another cross-division MIAC matchup next Saturday when they host (RV) Gustavus Adolphus College (3-0, 1-0, 0-0) for homecoming at 1 p.m. in Royal Stadium. The MIAC’s new divisional setup has the Royals at 0-1 in the MIAC but still 0-0 in the Skyline division. SJU is 1-0 in the MIAC but also 0-0 in their Northwoods division.

DEPAUW FOOTBALL: DePauw Scores 10 Straight in Fourth and Remains Perfect in NCAC

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Wooster, Ohio – DePauw battled back from a pair of first-half deficits and scored 10 straight in the fourth quarter and held on for a 34-30 North Coast Athletic Conference victory at Wooster. The Tigers improved to 2-1 overall and 2-0 in the NCAC, while the Fighting Scots dropped to 2-2 overall and 1-2 in the NCAC.

Wooster’s defense opened with a three-and-out and its offense took advantage with a 6-play, 45-yard drive capped by Mateo Renteria’s 3-yard pass to Cole Hissong. On DePauw’s second offensive series, Chase Andries and Jaylon Smith teamed for a pass deep into Wooster territory on third-and-25, but it was called back after pass interference was called on the Tigers.

Midway through the quarter, Dylan Hyatt’s third interception of the season appeared to result in a pick six, but was called back due to a penalty. The Tigers’ offense stalled, but DePauw forced another Wooster turnover early in the second as Joe Zanca made the hit on Troy Baughman and David Guhl recovered at the DePauw 49.

Six plays later, Andries connected with Jaylon Smith for a 24-yard score with 11:28 left in the half to even the score at 7-7. The Fighting Scots responded quickly as Reneteria completed passes totaling 51 yards on the first two plays of the ensuing drive and then connected with Hissong for a 15-yard score with 9:42 remaining.

Andries scored on a 1-yard run with 2:34 left in the half to wrap up a 16-play, 74-yard series and even the score at 14-14. The Tigers converted three third-down plays along the way.

Wooster’s third turnover of the half occurred on the first play of its next drive as Guhl forced Renteria to fumble and Ben Burger recovered for the Tigers at the Wooster 37. DePauw couldn’t convert and the teams went to the intermission tied, 14-14.

Henry Locke picked off Renteria on the second play of the second half and the Tigers’ offense took advantage with a 9-play, 73-yard drive capped by Andries’ 9-yard pass to Trey Shaw which gave DePauw its first lead of the game.

The teams exchanged punts and Wooster was on the move, but its third fumble of the game gave DePauw the ball on its own 21. Joe Sullivan booted a 33-yard field goal on the first play of the fourth to push the DePauw lead to 24-14.

The Fighting Scots came right back as Renteria teamed with Mitchell Heilman for an 11-yard score that came at the end of a 10-play, 75-yard drive. DePauw’s lone turnover of the game came on the second play of its next possession as Drew Moore fumbled and Wooster recovered at the DePauw 32. The Fighting Scots converted that into Lake Barrett’s 21-yard field goal score that knotted the contest at 24-24 with 7:52 left.

DePauw then took nearly six minutes off the clock as it converted three first downs with Gus Baumgartner scoring on a 3-yard run with just 1:46 left. Sullvan’s point-after made it 31-24. The Tigers’ defense stopped Wooster on its next series and Sullivan nailed a 32-yard field goal with 52 seconds left to seal the win.

Wooster scored on the game’s final play as Renteria connected with Hissong on a 17-yard score.

DePauw outgained Wooster on the ground, 217-26, with Wooster holding an edge through the air of 355-143.

Baumgartner rushed for 97 yards and Moore added 91, while Andries completed 15 of 21 passes for 143 yards. Shaw had four of those catches for 50 yards.

Andrew Yanssens rushed for 41 yards on five carries and Renteria completed 29 of 41 passes for 355 yards and four touchdowns. Hissong caught 10 for 119 yards and three scores, while Heilman caught eight for 145 yards.

Brevon Gude paced DePauw’s defense with eight tackles, while Daniel Rafeedie, Zanca and Luke Marsh each finished with six. Zanca had three tackles for losses totaling 18 yards. Angelo Petracci led Wooster with 12 stops and Andrew Armile added 10.

DePauw returns to action on Saturday, October 2, when it hosts Hiram at 1 p.m.

HANOVER FOOTBALL: Coane ties Hanover all-time rushing TD record as HC takes on Albion

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ALBION, Mich. – The Panthers wrapped up non-conference action on Saturday afternoon as they traveled north taking on the Britons of Albion. Hanover fell in the contest 24-14.

Leading the Blue and Red was senior Shawn Coane (Evansville, Ind.) with 91 yards on the ground and one touchdown. Sophomore Caleb Brewster (Hiram, Ga.) paced the defensive efforts, recording a team-high 12 tackles including three solo attempts.

The Britons would strike first in the contest as they traveled 54 yards on five plays for the 7-0 lead with 12:29 remaining in the opening frame. Albion looked to increase their lead with just under six minutes to go when the Panther defense held strong forcing a turnover on downs.

The Hanover offense built on the momentum as they found the equalizer with just 13 seconds remaining. Senior Matthew Weimer (Georgetown, Ind.) piloted the attack, taking the offense 74 yards on 11 plays. Senior Walt Ballinger (Beech Grove, Ind.) provided the big play Hanover needed as he and Weimer connected for a 24 yard hookup that saw HC land inside the Albion 30 yardline. Coane handled the rest as he found the back of the endzone, tying the Hanover all-time rushing touchdown record (41), 14-14.

Albion added one more score late in the first half, as they were able to connect on a 34 yard field goal that sent them into the break with the 10-7 lead.

The second half saw Hanover respond as Weimer found junior Hunter Eads (Batavia, Ohio) on a third-and-four for a 35 yard catch and score, 14-10. However, the excitement wouldn’t last long as the Albion offense continued to fire on all cylinders scoring the final touchdown with just 22 seconds remaining in the third frame, 24-14.

Hanover returns to action on Saturday, October 2 when they open Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference play with Anderson. The Panthers will also be celebrating Homecoming.

ST. FRANCIS FOOTBALL: Cougars Suffer Tough Loss to Saint Xavier in Chicago

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The University of Saint Francis Cougars (1-1) traveled to Chicago, Illinois to face the Saint Xavier University Cougars (2-1) Saturday afternoon at Deaton Field but could not carry over their momentum from last week falling 38-0.

After a stellar offensive performance from the Cougars last week against the Judson Eagles, they hoped the momentum would carry over to Chicago, but the script changed in the first half.

As the game got underway, both teams started strong on defense as neither side was able to find the endzone in the first quarter, though Saint Xavier ended the frame by moving the ball downfield producing the first scoring threat of the game.

Then in the first play of the second quarter, Saint Xavier pushed the ball in for the first score of the game with a 31-yard touchdown pass, the first time the Cougars have been behind this season.

Another offensive drive for the Cougars fell short giving the ball right back to a revitalized Saint Xavier with a fumble, and five minutes later, a one-yard rushing touchdown doubled the lead.

Unfortunately for the Cougars, matters didn’t stop there. Junior quarterback Heath Simmons threw his second interception of the game that went all the way back for 26 yards for a pick-six.

With seven minutes remaining in the first half the Cougars found themselves down 21-0. That’s the way the score stood until halftime.

Heading into the second half, the Cougars’ struggles continued on offense. They were kept off the scoreboard in the third quarter as well and the only scoring that was done was a 27-yard field goal by Saint Xavier.

The Cougars trailed 24-0 heading into the fourth quarter, and two more touchdowns by Saint Xavier was the final nail in the coffin as Saint Francis suffered their first loss of the season.

Throughout the game, Simmons passed for 205 yards, running back Cameron Peterson rushed for a team-leading 59 yards, and junior wide receiver D’Andre Miles led in receiving yards with six.

The Cougars will now head home to Bishop D’Arcy Stadium next Saturday, October 2 for their home opener when they face the Siena Heights University Saints (0-2) beginning at 12:00 pm.

EARLHAM VOLLEYBALL: Volleyball picks up a pair of wins at Dension

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GRANVILLE, Ohio — The Earlham College volleyball team picked up a pair of wins at the Denison tri-match on Saturday. The Quakers defeated John Carroll University in straight sets before a four-set battle with Denison University.

The Quakers improved to 11-4 in the 2021 season.

Erin Wagner controlled the attack with 98 assists on the day.

Maria Young led the Quaker offense with 28 kills, Olivia Kyrk scored 25 kills and attacked at a .416 clip.

Jennifer Shamel recorded 40 digs on the back line for Earlham. Wagner also contributed 31 on defense.

GAME ONE: EARLHAM 3   JOHN CARROLL 0 (25-21, 25-19, 25-22)

The Quakers scored 53 kills as a team en route to a straight-set win over the Blue Streaks.

A 10-2 run for Earlham propelled the Quakers to a strong lead in the first set. John Carroll responded with a 10-2 run going the opposite direction to level the score at 17. AFter the run, Earlham strung together a couple sets of runs to win the opening frame.

After trailing 6-4 in set two, the Quakers went on two 4+ poin runs to lead the entirety of the rest of the set.

The third set was the closest of the match. After a string of JCU points, Earlham trailed 16-13. The Quakers then went on a five-point run to take the first definitive lead of the set.

GAME TWO: EARLHAM 3   DENISON 1  (25-13, 21-25, 26-24, 25-23)

The Quakers strung two runs together in the first set and led 12-7 at the midway point. A kill by Young set off an 11-2 run that concluded the set for Earlham.

The Big Red went on a trio of 3-point runs in the second set and led 20-14. The Quakers followed up with a 5-0 run to bring themselves back into competition. The run was not enough to win the set but it gave Earlham momentum heading into the stretch.

After an early deficit, Earlham went on a 4-1 run to bring the score to 7-6 in favor of Denison. Both teams struggled to score consecutive points and as Denison reached match point, Earlham was close behind with 23 points. Three straight scores by the Quakers led to a win in set three.

Earlham continued with a 3-0 run to begin set four, but Denison responded to take a 6-5 lead. The teams traded scoring runs until the score was deadlocked at 13. Earlham battled to a 19-16 lead, but it was erased after a 3-0 run by the Big Red. A 5-2 run at the end of the set lifted the Quakers to a sweep of the tri-match.

From head coach Lauren Horton:

“Deep in the second set of the Denison match, we turned it on. We were more intentional about our touches and decisions. We played with maturity and passion”

The Quakers will be back in action next Saturday for a 1 p.m. match against Mount St. Joseph. The match marks the beginning of the HCAC season and the beginning of homecoming festivities on campus.

EARLHAM WOMEN’S SOCCER: Women’s soccer falls at Trine

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ANGOLA — The Earlham College women’s soccer team suffered a 3-1 loss at Trine University on Saturday afternoon.

The Quakers fell to 1-5 while the Thunder improved to 9-0-1.

The first goal for Trine came in the 28th minute. The Thunder added its second goal in the 41st minute after a string of shots.

Earlham scored a consolation goal in the 81st minute from Tess Cunningham. The assist was credited to Jadie Colvin.

The Quakers were out-shot 23-5 and lost out 8-1 on corner kicks.

Cunningham led Earlham with three shots, two of which were on goal.

Becca Hancock collected 12 saves between the pipes.

Earlham will begin HCAC competition at Hanover College on Wednesday. The match is slated for a 3:30 p.m. start.

EARLHAM MEN’S SOCCER: Men’s soccer scores early in loss

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RICHMOND — Despite leading 2-0 early in the match, the Earlham College men’s soccer team fell to Baldwin Wallace University 6-2 in Matlack-Messer Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

The Quakers dropped to 0-7 while the Yellow Jackets improved to 6-4.

In the ninth minute, Connor Kimball sent Braden Guinn on a long through ball past the Yellow Jacket defense. Guinn took a touch to corral the pass and beat the goalkeeper on a low shot.

Kimball scored a goal of his own in the 15th minute with the help of Kevin Arias on another long pass. Arias’s pass lured out the BW goalkeeper but Kimball reached the ball first for a low pass into the goal.

After the monumental start for the Quakers, Baldwin Wallace returned the favor with a goal in the 30th minute. The Yellow Jackets led 3-2 going into halftime.

Baldwin Wallace netted two more goals in the first 10 minutes of the second half. A final goal was scored off of a free kick with less than a minute remaining on the clock.

Tyler Smith collected five saves in the loss.

The Quakers were out-shot 19-13 and had a 6-1 deficit in corner kicks.

Earlham will begin HCAC competition with Hanover on Wednesday. The match is scheduled fro 3:30 p.m. in Matlack-Messer Stadium. 

EARLHAM FIELD HOCKEY: Early goals carry field hockey over Bishops

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RICHMOND — The Earlham College field hockey team defeated Ohio Wesleyan University 2-0 in Darrell Beane Stadium on Saturday.

The Quakers improved to 8-1 while the Bishops fell to 3-2.

Both of the Quaker goals came in the first period of play. Denise Bergdolt found the back of the net in just the second minute of play. Bergdolt found an opening on a penalty corner from Molly McKellar who was credited with the assist.

Earlham’s second goal came in the final two minutes of the first frame. McKellar went to Bergdolt on a penalty corner but Bergdolt laid the ball off to Olivia Layne who knocked it in for the score.

The Bishops found their footing in the game after the first quarter and kept Earlham in its own defensive area for much of the remainder of the game.

Ohio Wesleyan out-shot the Quakers 10-3 and put six of its shots on target. Seven of the 10 shots were taken in the second half of play.

Meg Murphy made six saves on the afternoon in goal.

The Quakers will take the field at Darrell Beane Stadium on October 2 against Oberlin. This game will be part of homecoming festivities at Earlham.

IU EAST VOLLEYBALL: IU EAST 3, POINT PARK 2

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PITTSBURGH, Pa. – The Indiana University East volleyball team seized sole possession of first place in the River States Conference East Division with a five-set win at Point Park University on Sept. 25.

Final score from Point Park’s Student Center Gym: 18-25, 25-23, 25-21, 20-25, 15-12.

IU East is 11-6 overall and is 6-0 in the conference. Point Park is 9-4 overall and 4-1 in the league.

IU East went on a 6-2 run to break away from an 8-8 tie in the final set to position itself for its third five-set victory of the season.

“Point Park came out today ready to defend its home court,” said IU East assistant coach Justin Kean. “It was a battle from the first serve. This team showed awesome maturity in Set 5, which enabled us to take the early lead.

“We have a lot to work on this week in practice to keep us headed in the right direction.”

Jessica Swimm put away 19 kills for IU East. Teah Barrett Matthews added 11 on a .421 hitting average. Sheridan Phillips had a hand in six of IU East’s 13 blocks.

“Point Park always comes out swinging, and we knew they would play aggressive today,” said IU East’s Emily Hodson, who had a timely kill in the fifth set. “We did a good job battling it out and staying disciplined when the sets were close and staying disciplined.

“We’re always looking ahead, and we’re ready to focus on getting better in practice this week!”

IU East hosts two of the RSC West Division tri-leaders next weekend, starting with a home match against Midway University on Oct. 1. Match time is 7 p.m. on Lingle Court. IU Southeast visits on Oct. 2 for a 1 p.m. match.

IU EAST WOMEN’S GOLF: IU EAST AT PIKEVILLE INVITE – DAY 1 RECAP

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PRESTONSBURG, Ky. – Annie Gillock shot her college career low 75 to highlight the first day of the University of Pikeville Invitational for the Indiana University East women’s golf team on Sept. 25.

“For the first time all season, everything clicked,” Gillock said. “I hit 10 fairways and 10 greens in regulation, which shows everything was just clicking today. I was hitting fairways and chasing down pins, leaving myself a lot of birdie opportunities, four of which were obtained.

“It was a lot of fun out there today. It’s exciting when you know you are playing well and your competitors are right there with you keeping you going.”

Gillock is second on the individual leaderboard in a field of 49. Pikeville’s Boo Newsome shot 71 on the par-72, 5,821-yard course for the individual lead.

IU East is fourth in the team standings with a Round 1 total of 322 at StoneCrest Golf Course. Thomas More University and No. 23 Marian University posted 312s for the overnight lead.

“Overcast, cool day up here in the mountain of eastern Kentucky,” said IU East coach Billy Mullin. “We are ecstatic for Annie Gillock firing her collegiate-low 75 today. Olivia (Sanders) also hit a lot of good shots today.

“We are down 10 shots to a good Marian team heading into the final round. We are going to have to be much sharper through the lineup to have a chance.”

Sanders shot 80 and is in 12th place. Jo Wisecup posted an 81 and is 13th.

The final day of the two-day event begins at 9 a.m. on Sept. 26.

IU EAST MEN’S SOCCER: RIO GRANDE 4, IU EAST 0

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RICHMOND, Ind. – The Indiana University East men’s soccer team went toe-to-toe with the No. 20 team in the NAIA on Sept. 25 at Centerville High School.

IU East and the University of Rio Grande were separated by a one-goal margin for most of the afternoon before a pair of late scores pushed the final score to 3-0 in favor of the RedStorm.

IU East (0-10-1, 0-3-0) was playing its first home conference match. Rio Grande improved to 6-2-1 overall and 2-0 in the league.

Gabriel Silva’s goal in the 22nd minute was the difference for most of the afternoon.

IU East had a shot at an equalizer slam off of the crossbar in the 60th minute.

The RedStorm scored a pair of goals 38 seconds apart in the 74th minute to secure the result.

Rio added another goal with seven seconds remaining.

IU East visits Oakland City University on Oct. 2.

VINCENNES VOLLEYBALL: Trio of Trailblazer hitters lead VU to split at Parkland College Classic

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. – The Vincennes University Trailblazers, led by hitters Amee Beedle (Wheaton, Ill.), Addison Ainscough (Cannelburg, Ind.) and Jagoda Szybinska (Poznan, Poland) helped guide the Blazers to a split on the final day of the Parkland College Classic Saturday.

VUVB came away with a four-set win over D-II No. 6-ranked McHenry County 25-15, 19-25, 25-23, 26-24, before falling in four sets to Lincoln Land College 23-25, 18-25, 25-15, 22-25.

The Blazers seemed to carry some of their late momentum from yesterday’s win over Des Moines Area into their opening match of the day against McHenry County.

Vincennes started the match off strong, winning the first set 25-15.

The Scots answered back in set two, winning the set to even that match 25-19.

To further show how evenly matched these two teams were Saturday morning, set three went the distance as Vincennes game away with the win 25-23 to take a 2-1 match lead.

McHenry County put up a fight to the very end however, forcing set four to go into overtime, with Vincennes still coming away with the win 26-24.

“We had some major serve receive issues throughout the match, which in uncharacteristic of this team,” VUVB head coach Gary Sien said. “11 passing errors is way too high for us but we did enough to win.”

Jagoda Szybinska led the Blazers offense in their first match of the day, coming away with 14 kills, while adding five digs and three blocks defensively.

Amee Beedle and Addison Ainscough also reached double-digit kills, with the pair registering double-doubles for the match.

Beedle finished with 12 kills and 14 digs, with Ainscough ending the match with 10 kills and 13 digs, as well as a team-high three aces.

Ainscough’s high school teammate Hannah Graber (Montgomery, Ind.) also finished with a double-double, leading the Blazers with 24 set assists and 10 digs.

The net was controlled by sophomores Jamie Russell (East St. Louis, Ind.) and Emilie Cornelson (Saskatoon, Canada), with Russell finishing with five blocks and six kills and Cornelson ending with a pair of blocks and two kills.

Grace Earp led the backrow defensively for Vincennes, finishing with a team-high 21 digs.

“Jagoda hit very efficiently with a .481 hitting percentage, while the back row of Grace, Amee and Addison kept the ball from hitting the floor,” Sien added.

The classic concluded with the Blazers taking on Lincoln Land College in the second half of a back-to-back.

VU held tough in the first set but couldn’t quite come away with the win as the Loggers took set one 25-23.

Lincoln Land continued to roll in set two, winning the set 25-18 to hold the 2-0 match lead.

Having faced this same deficit yesterday against Des Moines Area, the Blazers knew what they had to do to come away with the win and would respond to take set three 25-15.

Vincennes nearly forced a fifth set, but Lincoln Land managed to stop the comeback attempt by taking set four 25-22 and handing the Blazers their third loss of the season.

“We struggled in putting up a consistent block against the attack from Lincoln Land,” Sien said. “This weekend showed the level we need to be at in order for us to reach our potential.”

Vincennes was again led by Szybinska, Ainscough and Beedle, who all finished with double-digit kills.

Szybinska and Ainscough ended with 12 kills, with Beedle finishing with 10.

Beedle and Ainscough did manage to get their second double-double of the day, with Ainscough adding 11 digs and three blocks and Beedle ending with a team-high 13 digs.

Jamie Russell helped the Blazer offense, with eight kills and an ace.

Freshman Josephine Mulligan (Saint John, Ind.) had an amazing showing from the service line, finishing with an outstanding five aces on the match.

Mulligan also helped run the VU offense with fellow setter Hannah Graber. Mulligan would finish with 17 set assists and Graber ending with 22 and a pair of aces.

Emilie Cornelson controlled the net again as a blocker, finishing the match with a team-high six blocks.

Grace Earp run the Trailblazers’ defense from the back row, coming away with 13 digs and two aces on the match.

Freshman Malgorzata Banasiak also got into the action against Lincoln Land, finishing with four kills and one block.

VU’s busy schedule continues as the Blazers get set for four Region 24 matches this coming week.

Vincennes will travel to Shawnee Monday, Sept. 27 at 6:30 p.m. eastern, before returning home to face Lake Land Wednesday, Sept. 29 at 7 p.m. eastern.

The week will conclude with the Blazers traveling to face Wabash Valley Friday, Oct. 1 at 7 p.m. and Lake Land Saturday, Oct. 2 at 2 p.m. eastern.

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1896       In the season finale played at Louisville’s Eclipse Park, Cleveland Spider outfielder Jesse Burkett gets three hits in the team’s 4-3 victory over the Colonels to finish the year with a .410 batting average. The future Hall of Famer called ‘Crab’ becomes the first player to hit .400 in consecutive campaigns, having batted .405 last season.

1905       When Doc White doesn’t retire a batter in the first inning during the first game of a twin bill against Boston, the Game 2 starter Ed Walsh enters the contest without warming up and gives up five runs before blanking Boston the rest of the way en route to a 10-5 victory. The Meriden, CT native proceeds to win his scheduled start in the South Side Park nightcap, 3-1, getting credit for two complete-game victories over the Americans.

1906       After setting a major league record of being shutout for 48 consecutive innings, the A’s finally score a run thanks to Harry Davis’ two-run double. The Mackmen, however, still lose to the Cleveland Naps, 5-3.

1908       Cubs right-hander Ed Reulbach pitches two shutouts on the same day, whitewashing the Brooklyn Superbas in the opener 5-0 on a five-hitter and 3-0 on three hits in the nightcap. The entire Washington Park doubleheader takes less than three hours to complete.

1926       In his final day in a Tiger uniform, Ty Cobb watches his replacement in centerfield get six hits in a twin bill against the Red Sox. Heinie Manush’s perfect performance at the plate places him ahead of Yankee slugger Babe Ruth for the American League batting title, .378 to .372.

1926       On the last day of the season, the Browns beat the Yankees 6-1 and 6-2, needing only two hours and seven minutes to sweep the Bronx Bombers. The Sportsman’s Park season finale takes only 55 minutes to complete after the teams finished the twin bill’s first game in 72 minutes.

1944       At Fenway Park in front of 19,815 paid fans, the Boston Yanks lose their NFL debut, with BC Alumnus Teddy Williams scoring the squad’s only touchdown in the 28-7 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. Owner Ted Collins selected the name ‘Yanks’ because he initially thought the new franchise would represent New York and play their home games at Yankee Stadium before football Giants refused to share the New York metropolitan area.

1947       On the final Friday of the season, a reluctant Larry MacPhail is asked by team broadcaster Mel Allen to appear at a ceremony in front of home plate with his players present before a game against the Senators. The Yankee owner receives a seven-piece silver tea service, a gift from his team with the inscription: TO LARRY MACPHAIL, greatest executive in baseball, whose zealous efforts were a major factor in our 19-game streak and the winning of the American League pennant. – From his Yankees, 1947.

1954       Willie Mays, with three hits in the season finale, wins the batting title, finishing the campaign with a .345 average. The ‘Say Hey Kid’ goes third to first in batting average with his performance passing teammate Don Mueller (.342) and Dodger center fielder Duke Snider (341).

1954       On the last day of the season against the Giants, Phillies outfielder Richie Ashburn plays in his 730th consecutive game to establish a franchise record. The streak, which began on June 7, 1950, ends on the Opening Day of 1955 due to an injury sustained in spring training.

1954       At Yankee Stadium, the A’s defeat the Bronx Bombers, 8-6, in the last game the franchise will play representing Philadelphia. After spending the first 54 years of existence in the City of Brotherly Love, Connie Mack’s Athletics will play in Kansas City next season, after much legal wrangling, under the new ownership of Arnold Johnson.

1954       With the Yankees eight games behind Cleveland on the last day of the season, Casey Stengel fields a lineup of familiar faces in unfamiliar places in an 8-6 loss to the A’s at the ballpark in the Bronx. Yogi Berra plays his only career game at third base, handling two chances without a miscue, shortstop Mickey Mantle flawlessly fields eight grounders, and veteran first baseman Bill Skowron makes just one error in his eight opportunities at his new position at second base.

1959       Sam Jones holds the Cardinals hitless for seven innings before the game, with two outs in the top of the eighth, is called. Although ‘Toothpick’ loses his bid for an ‘official’ no-hitter due to the rain-shortened game, the Giants’ right-hander gets his career-high 21st win of the season with the Giants’ 4-0 victory over the Redbirds at Busch Stadium.

1961       At Yankee Stadium, Roger Maris ties Babe Ruth’s 34 year-old single-season record with his 60th home run of the year, a high drive down the right-field line off on a curveball thrown by Orioles right-hander Jack Fisher. The slugger’s homer comes in the 159th game of the expanded season, keeping Ruth as the single-season home run leader according to baseball commissioner Ford Frick, who ruled for the mark to be shared or broken, the historic round-tripper had to come in the first 154 games of the season.

1961       With an 8-3 win over the Cubs at Wrigley Field, the Reds clinch their first National League pennant since 1940. Cincinnati will lose the World Series to the Yankees, four games to 1.

1964       At RFK Stadium, Mel Stottlemyre limits the Senators to just two hits, throwing a complete game en route to a 7-0 shutout. In addition to his outstanding pitching performance, the 22 year-old rookie helps the Yankees win their 11th consecutive game with four singles and a double in five plate appearances.

1965       The Twins, who moved to Minnesota in 1961, clinch their first pennant since 1933, when the franchise played in Washington. Jim Kaat goes the distance, beating the expansion Senators at D.C. Stadium, 2-1.

1969       Pirates skipper Larry Shepard is fired with five games to play and is replaced on an interim basis by Alex Grammas. Danny Murtaugh, the team’s pilot next season, will win the National League Manager of the Year Award after his team finishes with 88 victories, just one more win than this year’s squad.

1969       The Senators’ 4-1 victory over Cleveland at RFK Stadium is the team’s 82nd of the season, guaranteeing the ‘expansion Senators’ their first-ever winning record. Ted Williams’ fourth-place team will finish the season with an 86-76 record, marking the first time Washington has had a winning campaign since the original Senators posted a 78-76 mark in 1952.

1971       Joining Oriole teammates Dave McNally, Mike Cuellar, and Pat Dobson, sometimes referred to as the Four-leaf Clover rotation, Jim Palmer records his 20th victory of the season when he blanks the Tribe at Cleveland Stadium, 5-0. The right-hander’s victory makes Baltimore the second team in major league history, along with the 1920 Chicago White Sox, to have four 20-game winners on its staff.

1973       Paul Splittorff becomes the first twenty-game winner in franchise history when the Royals beat Chicago, 6-2. The 26 year-old southpaw will retire in 1984 as the team’s all-time leader in victories with 166.

1975       Burt Hooton sets a Dodger record for starting pitchers by winning his twelfth consecutive game. The 25 year-old right-hander, who was traded to LA in May for Eddie Solomon and Geoff Zahn, accomplishes the feat by beating J.R. Richard and the Astros at Dodger Stadium, 3-2.

1976       The Phillies beat the Expos in the first game of a Jarry Park doubleheader, 4-1, to clinch the National League East title. Dick Allen doesn’t play in the nightcap, bolting from the team to protest Tony Taylor not being placed on the postseason roster.

1976       A doubleheader Mark last major league games are played at Jarry Park, the home of the Expos, where the team has posted a 554-734 (.431) won-loss record since the team’s inception in 1969. The Phillies beat Montreal, 4-1, to clinch the National League East title, and then complete the sweep, in a game shortened to seven innings due to inclement weather, by taking the nightcap in the finale of Parc Jarry, 2-1, with the scheduled post-game fireworks displayed during the rain delay.

1978       Gary Alexander’s home run with two outs in the ninth inning derails Oriole left-hander Mike Flanagan’s potential no-hitter against Cleveland at Memorial Stadium. When the Baltimore starter gives up two additional singles, reliever Don Stanhouse puts out the fire and saves the 3-1 Orioles win.

1979       Frank White becomes the fourth player in the team’s 11-year history to hit for the cycle when he triples in the ninth inning of the Royals’ 4-0 victory over California at Anaheim Stadium. The Kansas City second baseman joins Freddie Patek (1971), John Mayberry (1977), and George Brett (1979), who also have completed the rare feat playing for the franchise.

1979       Braves knuckleballer Phil Niekro evens his record at 20-20 when he goes the distance for his 20th win of the season, beating Houston in Atlanta, 9-4. ‘Knucksie’ beats his brother, Joe, who earned his 20th victory four days ago against Cincinnati.

1981       Nolan Ryan becomes the first pitcher to throw five no-hitters when the Astros defeat the Dodgers at the Astrodome, 5-0. The Ryan Express, who will finish his 27-year major league career with a record seven no-hitters, previously has thrown hitless gems against the Royals (1973), Tigers (1973), Twins (1974), and Orioles (1975).

1983       Cardinal Bob Forsch retires the last 22 batters he faces, en route to pitching his second career no-hitter when he beats the Expos at Busch Stadium, 3-0. In the same ballpark, the 33 year-old Redbird right-hander first accomplished the feat against Philadelphia in 1978.

1987       Padres’ catcher Benito Santiago sets a major league record for rookies by hitting safely in his 28th consecutive contest, a streak the 21-year-old backstop will extend to 34 games. Pirates third baseman Jimmy Williams had set the previous mark of 27 in 1899 with the Pirates.

1992       For the first time in the franchise’s 30-year history, the Mets use a position player as a pitcher. Eighth inning pinch-hitter Bill Pecota takes the mound in the bottom of the inning, and the infielder gives up only a home run to Andy Van Slyke when the Pirates pummel New York, 19-2.

1993       Randy Johnson becomes the 12th pitcher this century to strike out 300 batters in a season when he whiffs 13 batters in 10 innings in the Mariners’ 3-2 loss to Oakland at the Kingdome. The Seattle southpaw, en route to 4,875 career strikeouts, most all-time for a lefthanded pitcher, second only to Nolan Ryan’s 5,714, will also reach the milestone five additional times, spanning the 1998-2002 seasons.

1995       Adam Sisk becomes the first player signed by the expansion Tampa Bay Devil Rays. The 19 year-old Edison Community College student, who was 24-2 at Riverdale Baptist High School, was drafted by San Diego last year; however, the right-hander chose to go to college, developing tendinitis in his right elbow after making just two appearances.

1997       Dodger slugger Mike Piazza, in the team’s 10-4 win over the Rockies, hits the longest home run in the history of Coors Field. The 28 year-old catcher’s sixth-inning blast off Darren Holmes travels 496 feet and hits the left-center field billboard between the scoreboard and the Rockpile.

1998       David Cone sets a new major league record for the most years between 20-win seasons when New York beats Devil Rays at Yankee Stadium, 3-1. The 33 year-old Coney, who was 20-3 in 1988 with the Mets, surpasses the mark set by Jim Kaat, who won twenty in 1966 and 1974.

1998       Dennis Eckersley, making his final major league appearance, pitches in his 1,071st game, breaking Hoyt Wilhelm’s major league mark for the most career pitching appearances. The ‘Eck’ finishes his 24-year career, tossing a one-run ninth inning in the Red Sox’ 5-2 loss to Baltimore at Fenway Park.

1998       Rickey Henderson finishes the campaign with a league-leading 66 stolen bases when he swipes second and third in the bottom the third inning of the A’s 4-3 victory over the Angels at Network Associates Coliseum. The 39 year-old ‘Man of Steal’ becomes the oldest player ever to lead the league in purloined bags.

2000       The Braves, who will finish the season with a 95-67 record, beat the second-place Mets at Shea Stadium, 7-1, to clinch the NL East title. Atlanta has captured a record nine-consecutive division crowns but will be swept in the NLDS by St. Louis.

2007       Big League umpire Mike Winters is suspended for the remainder of the season without pay for his actions during a confrontation with Milton Bradley in the eighth inning of the Rockies-Padres game at Petco Park. After an investigation of the incident which occurred three days ago, the first base ump, who ejected the Padres outfielder with a profanity-laden accusation, allegedly incited Bradley to the point the player needed to be restrained, resulting in a season-ending injury.

2007       Albert Pujols becomes the first player in big-league history to hit 30 homers and have 100 RBIs in each of his first seven seasons when he drives in the first run of the Miller Park contest. The Cardinal first baseman’s first-inning homer, his 32nd of the season, helps St. Louis beat the contending Brewers at Miller Park, 7-3.

2007       As the result of an internet poll conducted by Marc Ecko, who owns the record-breaking 756th home run ball belted by Barry Bonds, the Baseball Hall of Fame receives the historic horsehide as a donation branded with an asterisk. On the Today show, the fashion designer reveals 47% voted for the marked ball to with another 34% voting to donate it unchanged, and 19% elected to send the unique sphere into outer space.

2007       After a 50 homerless at-bat drought, Brandon Phillips hits his 30th home run of the season to become the 31st member of the 30-30 club, including Mets third baseman David Wright and Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins, who also accomplished the feat this season. The 26 year-old infielder joins Alfonso Soriano (Yankees, 2002) as the only other second baseman to reach the plateau, and the third Reds player (Eric Davis, 1987, and Barry Larkin, 1996) to have hit 30 home runs and stolen 30 bases in the same season.

2007       “Well, you know, I’ve worried about that because I think given the Cubs’ record — which of course I hope it happens, but it could very well be a sign of the coming apocalypse were that ever to occur — it would be so out of history that you’d have the Cubs versus the Yankees. Then, I’d be really in trouble. “- HILLARY CLINTON, commenting on the potential World Series with Cubs and Yankees as opponents. At a Democratic candidate presidential debate at Dartmouth College, moderator Tim Russert asks junior New York Senator Hillary Clinton, a Chicago native, who she would root for in a potential Cubs vs. Yankees World Series. The presidential hopeful responds diplomatically, “I would probably have to alternate sides.”

2007       Michael Young joins Wade Boggs and Ichiro Suzuki as the third players since 1940 to collect 200 hits in five consecutive seasons. The Ranger shortstop reaches the plateau with two singles among his three hits in the team’s 16-2 rout of the Angels at Ameriquest Field.

2008       Although they suffer a 6-4 defeat to the Tigers, the Rays win their first American League East title when the Red Sox lose to the Yankees later in the evening. Skipper Joe Maddon and just a few players remained in the Comerica Park clubhouse to watch the end of the rain-delayed contest in Boston, bringing the title to Tampa Bay.

2009       Bronx native Sonia Sotomayor, the Supreme Court’s newest member, throws the ceremonial first pitch at Yankee Stadium, a strike right down the middle of the plate, before watching her team defeat the Red Sox, 3-0. In 1995, Justice Sotomayor, as a U.S. District Judge, issued an injunction, which led to ending the nearly eight-month-long baseball strike.

2010       The Tigers beat Minnesota, 5-1, in the last game played in Detroit this season to establish a Comerica Park record with their 52nd victory at home, one more win than in the ballpark’s inaugural season in 2000. However, the club cannot contend this year due to its poor performance on the road, presently 19 games below .500.

2011       Vladimir Guerrero, with a single up the middle, becomes the all-time career hit leader among players born in the Dominican Republic. The 36 year-old Orioles DH’s 2,587th career hit puts him ahead of Hato Mayor del Rey native Julio Franco.

2012       David Wright, the franchise leader in doubles, extra-base hits, walks, RBIs, and runs scored, breaks the record for the most hits in Met history when he beats out a slow grounder down the third-base line for an infield single in the team’s 6-0 victory over Pittsburgh at Citi Field. The 29 year-old third baseman’s 1,419th career hit surpasses Ed Kranepool, a first baseman, and outfielder who played for New York from 1962-1979.

2012       After 63 years of doing play-by-play, Milo Hamilton calls his final game, painting the word picture of his Astros beating St. Louis at Minute Maid Park, 2-0. The Hall of Fame broadcaster, who also worked for the Browns, Cardinals, Cubs, White Sox, Braves, and Pirates before starting his 28-year tenure with Houston, gives an inspirational farewell speech during the seventh-inning stretch, receiving a standing ovation from the fans at the ballpark.

2013       Derek Jeter and Andy Pettitte, with two out in the ninth inning, emerge from the dugout to take out legendary closer Mariano Rivera, giving the sold-out crowd at Yankee Stadium one last chance to cheer their beloved reliever. The unexpected visit to the mound, the brainchild of manager Joe Girardi, who asked permission from the umpires to implement the unorthodox move, triggers an emotional encounter between the remaining Core Four teammates that renders Mo speechless as he weeps from the adulation of his friends and fans.

2013       Commissioner Bud Selig announces his intention to retire upon the completion of his contract, scheduled to expire at the end of next year. The 79 year-old chief executive of baseball has held the position since 1992, first on an interim basis, before being named permanently to the post nearly six years later.

2014       The Royals clinch their first postseason berth in nearly three decades with a 3-1 win over the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field. The Cinderella American League Wild Card team will win three postseason series, beating Oakland, Los Angeles, and Baltimore, to make it to the Fall Classic, before losing to San Francisco in seven games.

2015       Unbeknownst to the Blue Jays at the time, the team technically clinched a postseason spot yesterday when the Toronto fans, crunching numbers, discover an oversight in the standings. The new math officially confirms the end of the longest playoff drought in North American professional sports, ending Toronto’s 22-year absence from the postseason, with the teamcelebrating the accomplishment in a champagne-soaked clubhouse at the Roger Centre, after today’s 10-8 victory over Tampa Bay.

2015       The Mets clinch their first NL East title and first postseason berth since 2006, when the team routs Cincinnati at the Great American Ball Park, 10-2. New York, needing only an 88-67 record to capture the flag, took advantage of the heavily-favored Nationals’ season-long woes.

2016       The Marlins, all wearing the number 16, host the Mets in a game without any walk-up music, advertisements, or fan-interactive activities at a very solemn ballpark in tribute to Miami right-hander Jose Fernandez, a victim of a tragic boating accident only 36 hours ago. Dee Gordon, a left-handed hitter, begins his at-bat from the right side wearing the late starter’s helmet and weeps as he rounds the bases, pointing to the sky when he crosses the plate honor his friend and teammate, after hitting a leadoff home run to start the game.

2019       In their final game this season at Comerica Park, the Tigers drop a10-4 decision to the Twins, tying the major league mark for the most home losses in baseball history. Detroit’s 59th defeat in the Motor City matches the record set by the St. Louis Browns, who accomplished the dubious feat at Sportsman’s Park in 1939.

MLB STANDINGS

American League
East
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
X-Tampa Bay9659.61951 – 2945 – 3049 – 2419 – 1314 – 176 – 4W 3
Boston8867.568849 – 3139 – 3640 – 3220 – 1315 – 187 – 3L 2
NY Yankees8867.568845 – 3343 – 3432 – 3722 – 1022 – 127 – 3W 5
Toronto8669.5551043 – 3143 – 3838 – 3218 – 1516 – 165 – 5W 1
Baltimore50105.3234625 – 5225 – 5318 – 5210 – 2415 – 164 – 6W 1
Central
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
X-Chi White Sox8768.56149 – 2738 – 4119 – 1440 – 3116 – 174 – 6L 1
Cleveland7678.49410.539 – 4037 – 3813 – 2141 – 3013 – 165 – 5W 1
Detroit7579.48711.542 – 3733 – 4218 – 1428 – 4018 – 167 – 3W 1
Kansas City7084.45516.536 – 3934 – 4512 – 2132 – 3614 – 194 – 6L 1
Minnesota6986.4451836 – 4133 – 4513 – 1933 – 3713 – 206 – 4L 1
West
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Houston9164.58747 – 2844 – 3616 – 1219 – 1647 – 256 – 4L 3
Seattle8570.548642 – 3343 – 3719 – 1515 – 1742 – 277 – 3L 1
Oakland8471.542742 – 3842 – 3315 – 1823 – 1035 – 346 – 4W 2
LA Angels7481.4771740 – 4134 – 4016 – 1721 – 1226 – 433 – 7W 1
Texas5699.3613533 – 4223 – 5713 – 2010 – 1926 – 472 – 8L 1
National League
East
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Atlanta8272.53237 – 3745 – 3540 – 3022 – 1214 – 166 – 4W 2
Philadelphia8174.5231.547 – 3334 – 4140 – 3020 – 1313 – 198 – 2W 5
NY Mets7381.474944 – 3329 – 4835 – 3413 – 1916 – 171 – 9L 4
Miami6490.4161840 – 3824 – 5232 – 3712 – 2017 – 173 – 7L 4
Washington6491.41318.535 – 4329 – 4830 – 4614 – 1710 – 214 – 6L 2
Central
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Y-Milwaukee9362.60044 – 3649 – 2616 – 1446 – 2723 – 94 – 6W 2
St. Louis8669.555742 – 3344 – 3617 – 1638 – 3120 – 1310 – 0W 15
Cincinnati8075.5161342 – 3738 – 3819 – 1341 – 3111 – 225 – 5W 2
Chi Cubs6788.4322639 – 4128 – 4713 – 2131 – 3817 – 151 – 9L 5
Pittsburgh5797.37035.534 – 4123 – 5616 – 1720 – 4911 – 214 – 6L 3
West
TeamWLPctGBHomeRoadEastCentralWestLast 10Streak
Y-San Francisco10154.65249 – 2652 – 2821 – 1120 – 1447 – 226 – 4W 2
Y-LA Dodgers9956.639252 – 2347 – 3324 – 917 – 1346 – 267 – 3L 1
San Diego7877.5032345 – 3533 – 4215 – 1716 – 1733 – 373 – 7L 2
Colorado7183.46129.546 – 3125 – 5217 – 1214 – 1930 – 425 – 5L 3
Arizona50105.3235130 – 4720 – 5813 – 2113 – 1920 – 493 – 7W 1

X – Clinched Division,  Y – Clinched Playoff Spot

NFL STANDINGS

American Football Conference
East Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Buffalo Bills110.5000.051230-1-01-0-01-1-01-0-01 W
Miami Dolphins110.5000.017510-1-01-0-01-1-01-1-01 L
New England Patriots110.5000.041230-1-01-0-01-1-01-1-01 W
New York Jets020.0001.020440-1-00-1-00-1-00-1-02 L
 
West Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Las Vegas Raiders2001.0000.059441-0-01-0-02-0-00-0-02 W
Denver Broncos2001.0000.050260-0-02-0-01-0-00-0-02 W
Kansas City Chiefs110.5001.068651-0-00-1-01-1-00-0-01 L
Los Angeles Chargers110.5001.037360-1-01-0-00-0-00-0-01 L
 
North Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Pittsburgh Steelers110.5000.040420-1-01-0-01-1-00-0-01 L
Baltimore Ravens110.5000.063681-0-00-1-01-1-00-0-01 W
Cleveland Browns110.5000.060541-0-00-1-01-1-00-0-01 W
Cincinnati Bengals110.5000.044441-0-00-1-00-0-00-0-01 L
 
South Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Tennessee Titans110.5000.046680-1-01-0-00-0-00-0-01 W
Houston Texans120.3330.567761-1-00-1-01-1-01-0-02 L
Indianapolis Colts020.0001.040550-2-00-0-00-0-00-0-02 L
Jacksonville Jaguars020.0001.034600-1-00-1-00-2-00-1-02 L
 
National Football Conference
East Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Washington Football Team110.5000.046491-1-00-0-01-0-01-0-01 W
Philadelphia Eagles110.5000.043230-1-01-0-01-1-00-0-01 L
Dallas Cowboys110.5000.049480-0-01-1-00-1-00-0-01 W
New York Giants020.0001.042570-1-00-1-00-1-00-1-02 L
 
West Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
San Francisco 49ers2001.0000.058440-0-02-0-02-0-00-0-02 W
Los Angeles Rams2001.0000.061381-0-01-0-01-0-00-0-02 W
Arizona Cardinals2001.0000.072461-0-01-0-01-0-00-0-02 W
Seattle Seahawks110.5001.058490-1-01-0-00-0-00-0-01 L
 
North Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Green Bay Packers110.5000.038551-0-00-1-01-1-01-0-01 W
Chicago Bears110.5000.034511-0-00-1-00-1-00-0-01 W
Minnesota Vikings020.0001.057610-0-00-2-00-1-00-0-02 L
Detroit Lions020.0001.050760-1-00-1-00-2-00-1-02 L
 
South Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Carolina Panthers3001.0000.069302-0-01-0-01-0-01-0-03 W
Tampa Bay Buccaneers2001.0000.579542-0-00-0-02-0-01-0-02 W
New Orleans Saints110.5001.545291-0-00-1-01-1-00-1-01 L
Atlanta Falcons020.0002.531800-1-00-1-00-2-00-1-02 L
 

X – Clinched Playoff Spot,  Y – Clinched Division,  Z – Clinched Home Field Advantage

MLS STANDINGS

Eastern
TeamGPWDLGFGAGDHomeAwayPTS
New England28195453332011-2-18-3-362
Nashville SC25111134424208-6-03-5-344
New York City FC2611694430148-2-33-4-639
Philadelphia251087322578-3-32-5-438
Orlando City SC2610883738-17-4-23-4-638
D.C.2611411453879-0-32-4-837
CF Montreal261079373257-3-23-4-737
Atlanta26998353147-3-32-6-536
Columbus2797113236-47-3-32-4-834
Inter Miami CF2595112540-155-2-74-3-432
New York258611312925-4-33-2-830
Chicago2665152643-175-4-51-1-1023
FC Cincinnati2548132648-221-5-53-3-820
Toronto FC2647152851-232-5-42-2-1119
Western
TeamGPWDLGFGAGDHomeAwayPTS
Sporting KC2513754326177-5-16-2-446
Seattle2413653620166-4-37-2-245
Colorado2512943524116-6-16-3-345
Portland26124104243-18-2-34-2-740
Los Angeles2511593740-37-2-44-3-538
Minnesota251078292908-2-32-5-537
Real Salt Lake2610610424117-4-23-2-836
Los Angeles FC269611383806-5-23-1-933
Vancouver258983134-37-2-41-7-433
San Jose268993438-44-3-64-6-333
FC Dallas2769123844-64-6-22-3-1027
Houston27511113141-105-5-30-6-826
Austin2554162540-153-2-72-2-919

X – Clinched Playoff Spot,  Y – Clinched Conference