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Alabama quarterback Jalen Milroe has gone from outcast to indispensable hero in less than three months.

Now fresh off executing the ‘Milroe Miracle,’ he’ll be asked to perform another huge accomplishment when the No. 8 Crimson Tide face top-ranked Georgia in the SEC Championship Game on Saturday at Atlanta.

Milroe’s dart of a touchdown throw on fourth-and-goal from the Auburn 31-yard line to Isaiah Bond to win last Saturday’s Iron Bowl will be talked about for decades.

So would an upset of Georgia.

Particularly if the Crimson Tide (11-1) beat the undefeated Bulldogs (12-0) to jump into the four-team College Football Playoff. Alabama would need to record its 11th consecutive victory and perhaps get some help.

The Bulldogs have won an SEC record 29 consecutive games and are two-time defending national champions.

“Definitely, we have to embrace the challenge that’s ahead of us,” Milroe said Tuesday. “They’re coming off of a (29)-game winning streak, so it’s definitely a challenge for the guys in the locker room.”

Milroe was benched after the Week 2 loss to then-No. 11 Texas and didn’t take the field the following week when the Crimson Tide needed a last-minute touchdown to finish off South Florida 17-3.

The following day, Alabama coach Nick Saban informed Milroe that he would be the starting quarterback moving forward. Milroe eventually found his stride and has passed for 15 touchdowns and rushed for eight more over the last seven games.

Milroe passed for 259 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 107 yards in the 27-24 road win over Auburn. For the season, he has passed for 2,526 yards and 21 touchdowns against six interceptions, while adding 439 yards and 12 scores on the ground.

“He’s seeing the game differently now, how you play the position and execute the plan, and I think that has helped him play more decisively,” Saban said.

Georgia (12-0) just completed its third consecutive undefeated regular season and has won 45 of its last 46 games.

The Bulldogs are known for their defense but also rank eighth in scoring offense at 39.6 points per game and sixth in total offense at 496.4 yards per game.

The gaudy numbers are more impressive when you consider star tight end Brock Bowers injured an ankle against Vanderbilt on Oct. 14 and underwent surgery. He has since played just twice and sat out last Saturday’s 31-23 road victory over Georgia Tech due to ankle soreness.

“He’s got to be able to go compete at a high level and be able to feel good about what he’s doing,” Bulldogs coach Kirby Smart said. “We didn’t feel that he had that (Saturday) night.”

Bowers is Georgia’s leading receiver with 51 catches for 661 yards and six touchdowns.

Quarterback Carson Beck is completing 72.4 percent of his attempts — which would easily break the school mark — for 3,495 yards, 22 touchdowns and six interceptions. His yardage total is fourth most in Bulldogs’ history.

Georgia ranks sixth nationally in scoring defense (15.8) and ninth in total defense (294.3) behind safety Tykee Smith, who leads the unit in tackles (63), stops for losses (7.5) and interceptions (four).

No matter how many standouts dot his roster, Smart is quick to point out beating the Crimson Tide is not an easy task.

“There’s no areas that you look at and go, ‘Oh, that’s a weakness,’ or ‘Oh, they’re not very good at,’” Smart said. “They got really good football players. They’re well coached. Their special teams units, you see it. It pops out on the screen. They got starters all over it. So when you go to offense and you see Milroe and the leaders they have there, they’re really talented.”

Alabama leads the all-time series 42-26-4. Georgia beat the Crimson Tide in the last meeting, 33-18 in the 2021 season national title game to halt a seven-game skid against Alabama.


Texas doesn’t control its own destiny to qualify for the College Football Playoff.

But a win by the No. 7 Longhorns over No. 18 Oklahoma State in the Big 12 Championship Game on Saturday in Arlington, Texas, would keep their hopes alive to make the four-team field for the first time.

Texas enters the game as the third one-loss team in the rankings, behind No. 5 Oregon and No. 6 Ohio State.

Ohio State is not playing in a conference title game while Oregon takes on No. 3 Washington for the Pac-12 title.

“I don’t know why I wouldn’t think we’re a College Football Playoff contender,” Longhorns coach Steve Sarkisian said. “We’ll talk more about that I’m sure after the game Saturday, but we’re in great position. But I also know we’ve got to take care of business. There is no College Football Playoff talk if we don’t play really good Saturday trying to find a way to win. And if that happens, then there’s another discussion to be had.”

The Longhorns and Cowboys didn’t play this season, but Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy knows what to expect from Texas’ big defensive line duo of T’Vondre Sweat and Byron Murphy II.

“Texas has always had that,” Gundy said. “We’ve played them for years. They’ve got ends that are 30 pounds heavier than most people’s ends and they’ve got inside guys that are 20 pounds heavier than most people’s inside guys.”

So how do they attack the Longhorns?

“We can double them some,” Gundy said. “You let the widest guy go and double team (the other) and let that guy try to run and make a tackle.”

Since losing to Oklahoma on Oct. 7, the Longhorns won six consecutive games. Texas (11-1) secured its berth in the title game, its first since 2018, with a 57-7 win over Texas Tech last week.

The Cowboys (9-3) have won seven of their last eight after a 2-2 start.

They’re powered by running back Ollie Gordon, who did things this season — ran for 250-plus yards in consecutive games and scored five rushing TDs in a game — not done at Oklahoma State since Barry Sanders. Gordon leads the nation in rushing yards with 1,580.

“They have done a great job offensively of leaning into him,” Sarkisian said. “He really signifies who their team is. I feel like he gets stronger as the game goes on, like a lot of big, physical backs do. A lot of his best runs come in the second half when teams wear down.”

Oklahoma State had to scratch and claw to make its second-ever Big 12 title game.

The Cowboys outscored their last two opponents 58-17 after halftime after being outscored 47-25 in the first halves of eventual wins over Houston and BYU.

The Cowboys also made the title game in 2021, when they lost to Baylor. Oklahoma State is in the title game for just the second time.

Texas is looking for its first Big 12 Championship Game win since 2009. The Longhorns are 3-3 all-time in the game, which resumed in 2017 after a six-year absence.


The final Pac-12 championship game has it all.

An undefeated team. Two top Heisman candidates. The nation’s best two passing attacks. A rematch of a regular-season thriller. A heated regional rivalry. And the winner essentially punches a ticket to the College Football Playoff.

No. 3 Washington (12-0) and No. 5 Oregon (11-1) — two programs headed to the Big Ten in 2024 — will meet Friday night in Las Vegas, where a spot in the CFP and the Heisman race could be decided in the Pac-12’s high-profile swan song.

And here’s one more twist: The Huskies, who won the regular-season meeting 36-33 at home on Oct. 14, were staggering 9.5-point underdogs early in the week.

The reason for that is mostly because the Ducks have surged to six consecutive wins, lead the nation in scoring differential (plus-29.33), and are one of three teams nationally in the top 10 in scoring (second, 45.3 points per game) and scoring defense (seventh, 15.9).

“We’ve got great energy,” Oregon coach Dan Lanning said.

“I don’t think it’s really my job to necessarily temper the energy, but more so make sure that we maintain the focus on where it needs to be. And our guys have done a great job of that. They realize that energy doesn’t win games; execution does.”

Oregon quarterback Bo Nix has surpassed Washington’s Michael Penix Jr. and LSU’s Jayden Daniels to be the new betting favorite for the Heisman. Nix is second to Daniels nationally in passing efficiency (189.8 rating) and has completed 315 of 401 passes for 3,906 yards with 37 touchdowns and two interceptions.

“He’s playing at an extremely high level and everybody’s seen it right now,” Lanning said. “He’s gotten better and better every single week of the season.”

Penix has slowed a bit since the first half of the season, but he checks in having completed 280 of 427 passes for 3,899 yards with 32 touchdowns and eight interceptions.

With the Ducks steamrolling opponents, there is a sense the programs are on different trajectories, as the Huskies have won three consecutive one-possession games (Utah, at Oregon State, Washington State).

Washington coach Kalen DeBoer said Monday that his team is getting healthier now. That includes wide receiver Jalen McMillan, who caught his first passes in more than two months last week against the Cougars.

“Relative to where we were at in the middle of the season, I think we are healthier,” DeBoer said Monday. “The receiving corps is slowly coming back to being intact, and the offensive line is back to where it was at the beginning of the year. I think we are getting to a good spot when it comes to the health of the team.”

Penix threw for 302 yards and four touchdowns in the first meeting this season. Two wide receivers went more for than 100 yards — Rome Odunze (128) and Ja’Lynn Polk (118) — and now McMillan is back.

Nix had 337 passing yards and two touchdowns against Washington, and he tried to rally the Ducks after a touchdown pass to Odunze put the Huskies up with 1:38 left. Oregon reached the Washington 25 before trying a last-play 43-yard field goal that was no good.


Stakes are sky-high in college football conference championship games, where a loss multiplies the likelihood of missing out on the postseason destination of choice.

That’s true of nearly every Power 5 conference title game.

Even for No. 1 Georgia, with back-to-back national championships and 29 wins in a row, a defeat spikes doubt about its spot in the College Football Playoff.

And for No. 2 Michigan, losing to Iowa in Indianapolis could push the Wolverines well below the CFP semifinals line of entry at No. 4, what with Oregon at No. 5 and Texas and Alabama entering their trophy-hunting spots believing a win warrants a playoff spot.

What’s at stake for the teams kicking off the postseason on the first weekend of December? Here’s a team-by-team snapshot.

No. 1 Georgia (12-0, vs. No. 8 Alabama in SEC Championship)
Win, and Georgia is the No. 1 seed playing the perceived weakest of the final four in the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 1. If rankings hold, that means ACC champion Florida State minus dynamic quarterback Jordan Travis. If Florida State stumbles — even in a close win — a Pac-12 team is the most likely opponent, but No. 6 Ohio State or longshot Texas, ranked seventh, could also slide into No. 4. The Seminoles are the most vulnerable team in the top four entering the weekend.

Where would Georgia land if the Bulldogs lose to Alabama?

Stacking one-loss options for the committee might be less complicated than some are asserting. By going undefeated in the SEC regular season, a close loss to the Crimson Tide keeps the Bulldogs squarely in the conversation at No. 4 and likely ahead of current No. 4 FSU because of the Travis injury.

Prediction: CFP Semifinal, Sugar Bowl

No. 2 Michigan (12-0, vs No. 16 Iowa in Big Ten Championship)
Michigan can’t lose to two-loss Iowa and expect to be anywhere near the CFP semifinals. The Hawkeyes played one ranked team all season, and lost 31-0 to Penn State. We envision a similar result, and perhaps one or two us-against-the-world references postgame.

Prediction: CFP Semifinal, Rose Bowl

No. 3 Washington (12-0, vs. No. 5 Oregon in Pac-12 Championship)

Prediction: Fiesta Bowl

No. 4 Florida State (12-0, vs. No. 14 Louisville in ACC Championship)
Before the bully brigade cries foul about a Power 5 team going undefeated and missing out on the playoff, the committee has already shared its assessment of FSU minus Travis. And it’s not sparkling.

Note the Tuesday comments from committee chair Boo Corrigan, NC State’s athletic director who should expect some interesting holiday mail from Tallahassee, on the current view of the Seminoles.

“Different team, right? Different team without Jordan Travis,” Corrigan said. “Tate Rodemaker … has done well and has kind of managed the game.”

What also hurts the view of FSU’s potential title game win? Louisville’s loss last week to Kentucky. The Wildcats finished 3-5 in the SEC and lost 51-13 to Georgia and by four touchdowns to Alabama. Can the committee stack up the Seminoles on the same footing as a one-loss Georgia team if it comes to it?

Prediction: Orange Bowl

No. 5 Oregon (11-1, vs. No. 3 Washington in Pac-12 Championship)
Pummeling Oregon State caught the attention of the committee — and they said as much — but perhaps disheartening for the Ducks was still being slotted behind a shaky, but undefeated, Florida State team. That certifies the path to the CFP semifinals involves beating Washington on Friday, and Oregon likely has no other route to getting into the final four.

As Heisman ballots trickle in with Oregon’s Bo Nix as a favorite, the Ducks have momentum despite losing the regular-season meeting with Washington.

Who wouldn’t love championship weekend kicking off with an “upset”?

Prediction: CFP Semifinal, Sugar Bowl

No. 7 Texas (11-1, vs. Oklahoma State in Big 12 Championship)
Win or lose, the ultimate destination for the Longhorns is entirely in the hands of the CFP committee. Unless upsets reign to stir chaos and realign the pecking order of the rankings, Texas likely needs multiple teams in the current top four to fall. Not only are all four undefeated, there’s a question as to whether one-loss Texas could be viewed as a better option than potential one-loss teams such as Georgia and Washington should they lose their conference championship games.

The assertion is also based on the marginal surge it could expect from beating Oklahoma State combined with the salivating praise the committee has had for the Pac-12 title game participants. There is no indication the committee would place one-loss Texas ahead of one-loss Washington given the consistently glowing reviews of the Huskies from the committee. And No. 6 Ohio State, idle after its only loss of the season at Michigan, would be back in the conversation if Georgia, Michigan and Oregon all win but Florida State doesn’t dominate Louisville.

Prediction: Cotton Bowl vs. No. 9 Missouri

No. 8 Alabama (11-1, vs. Georgia in SEC Championship)
Beat Georgia, a decisive No. 1 in the mind of the CFP committee, and Alabama is likely to enter the semifinals ranked No. 2 behind Michigan.

Lose to Georgia, and head coach Nick Saban takes on the same posture he did at this time last year: Alabama is good enough to be in the final four but left the committee no choice but to leave it out.

Prediction: Fiesta Bowl

No. 14 Louisville (10-2, vs. Florida State in ACC Championship)
The sting of rivalry week lingers for the Cardinals, who at No. 10 in the rankings had a chance to set themselves up for a golden opportunity in the ACC title game against a Florida State team rediscovering an identity with a new starting quarterback. Even a side door entry to the CFP appears to be slammed shut with the imagined scenario of a win Saturday coupled with losses by Michigan, Washington, Texas and Alabama standing as their best possible pipedream.

Losing to Kentucky destroyed Louisville’s shot at a more glamorous bowl bid,

Prediction: Peach Bowl

No. 18 Oklahoma State (9-3, vs. Texas in Big 12 Championship)
Maybe the Cowboys have a different view on the weekend proceedings, but beating Texas might not be meaningful in the big picture because of the at-large options available such as Ohio State and Notre Dame, plus potentially Oregon or Washington, Alabama and the Longhorns.

The Cowboys are still a draw, and spend holiday week preparing for the only bowl game with an edible mascot. Potential opposition includes the Fighting Irish and Auburn. We’ll toast to that.

Prediction: Pop-Tarts Bowl

No. 22 Tulane (11-1, vs. SMU in AAC Championship)
Another New Year’s Six bowl on a national stage awaits the Green Wave with a win Saturday, and getting there sets up another massive showcase game rarely available to champions of the AAC. Tulane made the most of it last season, beating Southern Cal in one of the more thrilling 2022 bowl games (46-45).

Prediction: Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic

No. 24 Liberty (12-0, vs. New Mexico State in CUSA Championship)
A perfect record hasn’t piqued the interest of the CFP committee yet, and only a headline-grabbing win Friday coupled with a Tulane loss might do the job this late in the game. A Tulane loss to SMU isn’t purely good news for Liberty in the Group of Six/New Year’s Six sphere. That’s because the committee could easily place SMU — or MAC champion Toledo — ahead of Liberty in the final rankings on Sunday.

Prediction: Cure Bowl


There could be some awkward trophy ceremonies around college football’s championship weekend.

On Friday night in Las Vegas, the Pac-12 will crown a champion that is heading to the Big Ten with a commissioner in George Kliavkoff, who oversaw the collapse of the conference.

In the Big 12 on Saturday, Commissioner Brett Yormark might be handing the trophy to a Texas team he was outwardly rooting against in the Longhorns last season in the league before joining the Southeastern Conference.

Then there is the Atlantic Coast Conference title game in Charlotte, North Carolina, where Commissioner Jim Phillips might be congratulating Florida State, a school with leaders who have publicly talked about leaving the league.

None of those tops what’s likely coming in the Big Ten, where No. 2 Michigan is a huge favorite to make it three straight titles. Coach Jim Harbaugh is returning from a conference-imposed suspension just in time to collect a trophy from the guy who suspended him, Big Ten Commissioner Tony Petitti.

Ten conference championship games will be played this weekend. All the Power Five leagues have at least one College Football Playoff contender alive.

That means all the games are intriguing. Odds provided by FanDuel Sportsbook.

No. 1 Georgia (minus 5 1/2) vs. No. 8 Alabama, SEC championship at Atlanta, Saturday

For the third time since 2018 and fourth time overall, it will be Bulldogs-Crimson Tide for the SEC title. The matchup has produced some classic games, all won by Alabama.

Here’s a twist: If Alabama wins, there is at least a possibility the SEC could be left out of the College Football Playoff for the first time.

Georgia is looking for its 30th straight victory. The NCAA record book recognizes 11 major college football winning streaks of at least 30 games. It does not include USC’s 34-game streak from 2003-05, because the NCAA vacated 14 victories.

PICK: Georgia 28-21.

No. 2 Michigan (minus 23 1/2) vs. No. 18 Iowa, Big Ten championship at Indianapolis, Saturday

The Hawkeyes won the Big Ten West in excruciating fashion, with half their wins coming in games where they didn’t crack 15 points.

Punt-to-win is a tough way to beat Michigan, which can lock up a third consecutive trip to the playoff.

PICK: Michigan 31-6.

No. 3 Washington (plus 9 1/2) vs. No. 5 Oregon, Pac 12 championship at Las Vegas, Friday

The final championship game for the Pac-12 as we know it will be the best one it has ever had. The winner is almost a lock for the CFP.

In fact, this is the first top-five matchup of Pac-12 teams since 1976 when No. 3 USC beat No. 2 UCLA.

PICK: Oregon 35-27.

No. 4 Florida State (minus 2 1/2) vs. No. 15 Louisville, ACC championship at Charlotte, North Carolina, Saturday

Unbeaten Power Five teams are usually a lock to make the CFP. Florida State might not be.

As CFP selection committee chairman Boo Corrigan said Tuesday, the Seminoles are a different team without injured quarterback Jordan Travis.

Florida State is still a better bet to get in with a win than not — even with backup QB Tate Rodemaker.

PICK: Florida State 31-17.

No. 7 Texas (minus 14 1/2) vs. No. 19 Oklahoma State, Big 12 championship at Arlington, Texas, Saturday

The Longhorns might need some help to reach the playoff if they win the Big 12 for the first time since 2009.

The Cowboys are trying to score one for the remaining Big 12 members against the flat-leaving Longhorns behind Ollie Gordon II, the nation’s leading rusher.

PICK: Texas 38-17.

No. 17 Tulane vs. No. 25 SMU (plus 3 1/2), American Athletic Conference championship at New Orleans, Saturday.

SMU is trying to win its first AAC title on the way out the door. The Mustangs are moving to the ACC next season.

Tulane is looking for a second straight league title and New Year’s Six bowl invite.

SMU will try to pull the upset with its backup quarterback after Preston Stone was injured last week.

PICK: Tulane 21-20.

No. 20 Liberty (minus 10 1/2) vs. New Mexico State, Conference USA championship at Lynchburg, Virginia, Friday

The Flames, with the nation’s No. 1 rushing offense, could be in line to scoop up a New Year’s Six bowl bid if Tulane slips up in the ACC.

Liberty won the regular-season meeting 33-17 in early September.

PICK: Liberty 35-21.

No. 23 Toledo vs. Miami, Ohio (plus 7 1/2), MAC championship at Detroit, Saturday

The Rockets could become the first repeat MAC champs since Northern Illinois in 2011 and ’12.

PICK: Miami 21-18.

Boise State at UNLV (plus 2 1/2), Mountain West championship, Saturday

Boise State fired its head coach with two game left in the season and is now a victory away from winning a conference title.

First-year coach Barry Odom has directed a remarkable season by UNLV. The Rebels are in their first Mountain West title game and have not won a conference since taking the Big West in 1994.

PICK: UNLV 28-27.

Appalachian State at Troy (minus 6 1/2), Sun Belt championship, Saturday

The Trojans are looking for a second straight Sun Belt title against App State, which won the first two championship games in the conference back in 2018 and ’19.

PICK: Troy 24-16.


AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Jahdae Barron can still feel the sting from sweat dripping into his eyes when he looked toward the south end zone of Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium last summer and saw the years high on the wall: 1996, 2005 and 2009.

All signify Big 12 titles won by Texas. And in the 14 years since the last one? Nothing.

For Barron and the Longhorns, it’s time to add another.

“Throughout summer workouts and practice (and) when we warm up every day … (coaches) tell us to face the side with all the national championships and Big 12,” the senior defensive back said. “We’ve been looking at that, shoot, every day, in summer when it was 110 (degrees) and we were sweating and dying.”

Texas can close out its 28th and final Big 12 season with championship year 2023 for the stadium wall on Saturday when the No. 7 Longhorns (11-1, No. 7 CFP ) face No. 19 Oklahoma Sate (9-3, No. 18 CFP ) in the Big 12 championship game in Arlington, Texas.

The Longhorns will leave the league for the Southeastern Conference next year and a bookend title to go with the league’s first in 1996 would be quite the sendoff.

Back in 2009, when the Longhorns were coming out of a decade of 10-win seasons, the program seemed primed for a run of Big 12 titles. Instead, the Longhorns fired or hired four head coaches while reaching the title game just twice in that span.

And just like his players, third-year Texas coach Steve Sarkisian has seen the numbers on the stadium wall every morning.

“I’m in (the stadium) every day, and my office looks right into it,” Sarkisian said. “And to think in the last 27 years there’s only been three conference championships and we’re playing for one on Saturday where we can put our year up in that stadium forever — that means a lot. That’s something that we don’t take lightly.”

Sarkisian is a bit of his own rebuilding project. The former Washington and Southern California coach who got fired mid-season at USC in 2015 saw his coaching career rebound as Nick Saban’s offensive coordinator at Alabama. The Crimson Tide won a national championship with Sarkisian in 2020 and Texas pounced to hire him while pushing Tom Herman out the door.

In 10 years as a head coach, this is the first time Sarkisian has won more than nine games. Just two years ago, Texas was 5-7 in Sarkisian’s first season in Austin.

There are many current Longhorns who remember the misery of that season.

“Battle wounds. Battle scars. Trauma forms bonds,” senior linebacker Jaylon Ford said. “When you go through a 5-7 season like we went through, five straight losses … You have to really look around and find brothers. The people that stayed, we had to wrap our arms around each other and push through. We made it through and formed our way to the top.”

Texas started its final season in the Big 12 with Sarkisian and his players rallying around an unofficial “embrace the hate” motto, and the Longhorns knew they would have to punch their way through some tough environments.

The season got a huge early bounce with a big road win at Alabama, a future SEC opponent. That 34-24 victory turned the Longhorns into potential national championship contenders.

A mid-season loss to Oklahoma stunted that a bit, but also sharpened the Longhorns for the rest of the Big 12 schedule. Sarkisian told them to approach every week like it was a league championship game, because if they lost again, they might not make it to Arlington.

Texas survived some close games against Houston, TCU and Kansas State, and won two games without starting quarterback Quinn Ewers. Standout running back Jonathon Brooks was lost for the season three weeks ago with a knee injury.

Texas finally clinched a final Big 12 title game berth with a 57-7 romp over Texas Tech.

There are even bigger prizes on the horizon if they beat Oklahoma State on Saturday. Texas has been hovering just outside the top four spots in the College Football Playoff. The Longhorns would still need help to get in, but it’s possible.

Lose Saturday, however, and the Big 12 title honors in the stadium stop at 2009.


“We didn’t come this far just to come this far,” Sarkisian said. “There’s more out there for us to accomplish.”


Southern California quarterback Caleb Williams is undecided about declaring for the 2024 NFL Draft.

The 2022 Heisman Trophy winner told the Los Angeles Times that it will be “a game-time decision.”

The deadline to declare is Jan. 15. The draft is scheduled for April 25-27 in Detroit.

Williams entered this season as the presumptive No. 1 overall pick for 2024. Although his individual numbers were strong, the Trojans took a step back with a 7-5 season.

“I’ve never been in this situation, where I’m 7-5 and there are no playoff hopes at the end of the season,” Williams told the L.A. Times. “I’m dealing with it emotionally, dealing with it spiritually and physically. It’s been one of the most important years I think I’ve had. It’s tricky. I’ve had to have talks with (USC head coach) Lincoln (Riley) — because obviously I haven’t been through it — or with my family members or people like that, just how to deal with this and lead, how to stay the same person I was before the season or after our first loss or second loss.

“So, it was different. It was a learning process.”

Williams has completed 68.6 percent of his passes for 3,633 yards with 30 touchdowns and five interceptions in 12 starts this season.

During his Heisman-winning campaign in 2022, he completed 66.6 percent of his throws for 4,537 yards, 42 TDs and five picks in 14 games. USC started 11-1 before losing to Utah in the Pac-12 championship game and to Tulane in the Cotton Bowl.


Cleveland, Ohio – Today the Mid-American Conference announced the All-MAC Teams & Specialty Award selections for the 2023 football season. All of the awards were voted on by the league’s 12 head coaches.

Toledo quarterback Dequan Finn was tabbed the winner of the 42nd Vern Smith Leadership Award as the top player in the MAC. Rockets’ Head Coach Jason Candle was selected as the Head Coach of the Year, while UT’s Peny Boone earned Offensive Player of the Year honors. Miami linebacker Matt Salopek was tabbed as the Defensive Player of the Year, while RedHawk placekicker Graham Nicholson was selected as the Special Teams Player of the Year. Western Michigan running back Jalen Buckley earned Freshman of the Year honors, rounding out the specialty award selections. 

Finn is Toledo’s first Vern Smith Leadership Award winner, awarded annually to the league MVP, since Logan Woodside in 2017 and the fifth winner in school history. The junior quarterback, who is now a three-time All-MAC honoree, has had a remarkable season for the Rockets. Finn ranks first in the MAC in passing efficiency (155.36), completion percentage (65.1%), passing yards (2,384), touchdown passes (21) and total offense (242.8) en route to leading UT to its second straight MAC Championship Game. His 530 yards are the most among MAC quarterbacks, and he is one of just six FBS quarterbacks to have at least 2,000 passing yards and 500 rushing yards. 

This is Candle’s second MAC Coach of the Year award, with his first coming in 2017. He is now the fourth Rocket head coach to win multiple MAC Coach of the Year awards, joining Gary Pinkel, Chuck Stobart, and Frank Lauterbur. Candle has coached Toledo to an 11-1 record and will be appearing in his third MAC Championship Game since taking over as head coach. He is the first Toledo coach to have multiple seasons with at least 11 wins since Lauterbur achieved that feat in 1969 and 1970. Candle also has the Rockets nationally ranked for the first time since the 2015 season. 

Boone is Toledo’s first Offensive Player of the Year since Logan Woodside in 2017, and just the third ever in school history. The junior running back has turned in one of the finest seasons ever by a Rocket running back in 2023 and ranks among the national leaders in rushing yards per carry (7.43-2nd), total rushing yards (1,359-5th), rushing yards per game (113.2-7th), rushing touchdowns (15-8th) and total touchdowns (16-11th). A three-time MAC West Offensive Player of the Week, Boone has eight 100-plus yard rushing performances including a high of 211 vs. Western Michigan. He has been even better against MAC competition, averaging 129.8 yards per game in eight league contests.

Salopek, who ranks 11th nationally with 125 tackles, is the first RedHawk to be named MAC Defensive Player of the Year since Quinten Rollins in 2014. He had a career-high 18 tackles in the win over Cincinnati and has recorded double-digit tackles seven different times in 2023. He added 7.5 tackles for loss, 3.0 sacks and an interception for a defense that allowed just 86 points in eight conference games in 2023.
Nicholson, a Lou Groza Award finalist, has been nearly perfect this season, connecting on 23-of-23 field goal attempts and 33-of-34 extra points. He is 8-of-8 on field goals over 40 yards, and has made a field goal in all 12 games this year.

The All-MAC First, Second & Third Teams were also announced and are listed below. 

Miami will meet Toledo in the 2023 MAC Football Championship Game, scheduled for Saturday, December 2 at Ford Field in Detroit. The game will kickoff at Noon EST on ESPN.

More coming soon… 

Coach of the Year: Jason Candle, Toledo
Vern Smith Leadership Award Winner: Dequan Finn, QB, Toledo
Offensive Player of the Year: Peny Boone, RB, Toledo
Defensive Player of the Year: Matt Salopek, LB, Miami
Special Teams Player of the Year: Graham Nicholson, PK, Miami
Freshman of the Year: Jalen Buckley, RB, Western Michigan
2023 All-MAC First Team Offense
Quarterback – Dequan Finn, Toledo
Offensive Lineman – Corey Stewart, Ball State
Offensive Lineman – Nolan Potter, NIU
Offensive Lineman – Nick Rosi, Toledo
Offensive Lineman – Vinny Sciury, Toledo
Offensive Lineman – Jacob Gideon, Western Michigan
Tight End – Harold Fannin Jr., Bowling Green
Wide Receiver – Chrishon McCray, Kent State
Wide Receiver – Sam Wiglusz, Ohio
Wide Receiver – Jerjuan Newton, Toledo
Wide Receiver – Kenneth Womack, Western Michigan
Running Back – Antario Brown, NIU
Running Back – Peny Boone, Toledo
Placekicker – Graham Nicholson, Miami
2023 All-MAC First Team Defense
Down Lineman – CJ Nunnally, Akron
Down Lineman – Sidney Houston, Ball State
Down Lineman – Caiden Woullard, Miami
Down Lineman – Judge Culpepper, Toledo
Linebacker – Matt Salopek, Miami
Linebacker – Bryce Houston, Ohio
Linebacker – Keye Thompson, Ohio
Linebacker – Dallas Gant, Toledo
Defensive Back – Jalen Huskey, Bowling Green
Defensive Back – Devin Grant, Buffalo
Defensive Back – Quinyon Mitchell, Toledo
Defensive Back – Maxen Hook, Toledo
Punter – Mitchell Tomasek, Eastern Michigan
2023 All-MAC First Team Specialists
Kickoff Return Specialist – Marion Lukes, Central Michigan
Kickoff Return Specialist – Jacquez Stuart, Toledo
2023 All-MAC Second Team Offense
Quarterback – Kurtis Rourke, Ohio
Offensive Lineman – Deiyantei Powell-Woods, Central Michigan
Offensive Lineman – Brayden Swartout, Central Michigan
Offensive Lineman – Brian Dooley, Eastern Michigan
Offensive Lineman – Will Jados, Miami
Offensive Lineman – Reid Holskey, Miami
Tight End – Anthony Torres, Toledo
Wide Receiver – Daniel George, Akron
Wide Receiver – Jasaiah Gathings, Akron
Wide Receiver – Tanner Knue, Eastern Michigan
Wide Receiver – Jesse Prewitt III, Central Michigan
Running Back – Marquez Cooper, Ball State
Running Back – Terion Stewart, Bowling Green
Placekicker – Andrew Glass, Kent State
2023 All-MAC Second Team Defense
Down Lineman – Jacques Bristol, Central Michigan
Down Lineman – Brian Ugwu, Miami
Down Lineman – James Ester, NIU
Down Lineman – Marshawn Kneeland, Western Michigan
Linebacker – Cole Pearce, Ball State
Linebacker – Darren Anders, Bowling Green
Linebacker – Joe Sparacio, Eastern Michigan
Linebacker – Ty Wise, Miami
Defensive Back – Jordan Oladokun, Bowling Green
Defensive Back – Donte Kent, Central Michigan
Defensive Back – Yahsyn McKee, Miami
Defensive Back – JaVaughn Byrd, NIU
Punter – Alec Bevelhimer, Miami
2023 All-MAC Second Team Specialists
Kickoff Return Specialist – Jaylon Jackson, Eastern Michigan
Kickoff Return Specialist – Cade McDonald, Miami
2023 All-MAC Third Team Offense
Quarterback – Brett Gabbert, Miami
Offensive Lineman – Damon Kaylor, Ball State
Offensive Lineman – Alex Wollschlaeger, Bowling Green
Offensive Lineman – Gabe Wallace, Buffalo
Offensive Lineman – Tyler Doty, Buffalo
Offensive Lineman – Addison West, Western Michigan
Tight End – Tanner Koziol, Ball State
Wide Receiver – Odieu Hiliare, Bowling Green
Wide Receiver – Luke Floriea, Kent State
Wide Receiver – Trayvon Rudolph, NIU
Wide Receiver – Anthony Sambucci, Western Michigan
Running Back – Rashad Amos, Miami
Running Back – Jalen Buckley, Western Michigan
Placekicker – Luke Pawlak, Toledo
2023 All-MAC Third Team Defense
Down Lineman – CJ West, Kent State
Down Lineman – Vonnie Watkins, Ohio
Down Lineman – Rayyan Buell, Ohio
Down Lineman – Darius Alexander, Toledo
Linebacker – Bryan McCoy, Akron
Linebacker – Cashius Howell, Bowling Green
Linebacker – Kyle Moretti, Central Michigan
Linebacker – Chase Kline, Eastern Michigan
Defensive Back – KJ Martin, Akron
Defensive Back – Davon Ferguson, Bowling Green
Defensive Back – Chris McDonald Jr., Toledo
Defensive Back – Keni-H Lovely, Western Michigan
Punter – Lucas Borrow, Ball State
2023 All-MAC Third Team Specialists
Kickoff Return Specialist – Jhaylin Embry, Bowling Green
Kickoff Return Specialist – Ron Cook, Buffalo



Two thirds of the 2023 season is history. And as the race for the playoffs intensifies, plenty of history lies ahead.

After all, in 17 of the past 19 seasons (2004-22), a team with a losing record through 11 games has made the postseason, including each of the past five years. In 2022, the JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS were 4-7 at this point. They rebounded to win their division, win a playoff contest and finish a touchdown shy of advancing to the AFC Championship Game.

This year, four teams enter Week 13 at 5-6. One of those clubs, GREEN BAY, is following in the Jaguars’ footsteps and attempting to become just the 11th team since 1990 to begin a season with two-or-fewer wins through seven games and reach the postseason.

Both DENVER (6-5) and MINNESOTA (6-6) started the season 0-3 but each club now has a clear path to the postseason. Since 1990, only four teams have reached the playoffs after opening 0-3, and just one – the 2018 HOUSTON TEXANS – has done it over the past 24 seasons. Could two teams do it this year?

Meanwhile, with BALTIMORE (9-3) on a bye, four AFC teams could be tied atop the conference by week’s end, if JACKSONVILLE (8-3), KANSAS CITY (8-3) and MIAMI (8-3) can secure wins. With six weeks left, who earns the AFC’s No. 1 seed, homefield advantage and the conference’s only first-round bye is anyone’s guess.

Including those AFC teams and DALLAS (8-3), DETROIT (8-3), PHILADELPHIA (10-1) and SAN FRANCISCO (8-3) in the NFC, eight clubs have at least eight wins through Week 12. That’s tied with 2020, 2019 and 2003 for the most such clubs through the first 12 weeks of a season since 2002, when the league expanded to 32 teams.

So saddle up. December starts this week in the NFL. And people tend to remember what happens in December.

The Starting 11 entering Week 13…

1.   NINERS, EAGLES CLASH IN REMATCH OF NFC TITLE GAME: Teams that have lost their conference championship games have rebounded the following seasons to win five of the last 11 Super Bowls. Could the SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (8-3) be next? Not if the PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (10-1) can help it. Those teams will battle at Lincoln Financial Field on Sunday (4:25 p.m. ET, FOX).

  • The 49ers and Eagles own the NFC’s top two conference winning percentages, a key tiebreaker in playoff seeding. Philadelphia is 6-0 in NFC games while San Francisco is 6-1.
    • Four teams have had 10-or-more wins through their first 11 games following a Super Bowl loss: the 1972 MIAMI DOLPHINS (11-0), the 1975 MINNESOTA VIKINGS (10-1), the 1991 BUFFALO BILLS (10-1) and the 2023 PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (10-1).
    • Philadelphia is 10-1 for a second consecutive season, becoming the fourth team in NFL history to win at least 10 of its first 11 games in consecutive years, joining the 1941-42 CHICAGO BEARS, 2005-06 INDIANAPOLIS COLTS and 1972-73 MIAMI DOLPHINS. NICK SIRIANNI is only the third head coach in league annals to win 10 of his first 11 games in consecutive seasons, joining Pro Football Hall of Famers TONY DUNGY (2005-06) and DON SHULA (1972-73).
    • The Eagles are 5-0 in 2023 when trailing at halftime, including each of their past four wins. The rest of the NFL is a combined 35-129 (.213) in those games.
    • Philadelphia quarterback JALEN HURTS has 11 career games with at least two rushing touchdowns, the most such games by a quarterback in NFL history.
    • San Francisco, meanwhile, is 8-0 with wide receiver DEEBO SAMUEL and tackle TRENT WILLIAMS in its lineup. And quarterback BROCK PURDY, who ranks first in the NFL with a 112.3 passer rating, could become the youngest player to lead the league in that category since Pro Football Hall of Famer DAN MARINO in 1984.
    • The 49ers are not only among the most explosive teams in the NFL, they’re also adept at preventing explosive plays. On offense, San Francisco has 54 plays of 20-plus yards, fifth in the league. On defense, the 49ers have allowed only 31 plays of 20-plus yards, tied with Kansas City for fewest in the league.
    • Last week, CHRISTIAN MCCAFFREY became the first player in 48 years and only the fifth overall to reach 10 rushing touchdowns and five touchdown receptions over his team’s first 11 games of a season. Pro Football Hall of Famers JIM BROWN (1962) and O.J. SIMPSON (1962) as well as CHUCK FOREMAN (1975) and ABNER HAYNES (1962) are the only other players in history to do that.
    • McCaffrey, who has 16 scrimmage touchdowns this season and had 19 with Carolina in 2019, joined Pro Football Hall of Famer RANDY MOSS (Minnesota and New England) as the only players with at least 16 in a season with two teams in NFL history.
    • Wide receiver BRANDON AIYUK has at least five touchdown receptions in each of the last four seasons (2020-23). The last four San Francisco players to accomplish that feat were VERNON DAVIS (five from 2009-13), Pro Football Hall of Famers TERRELL OWENS (four from 2000-03) and JERRY RICE (11 from 1986-96), and DWIGHT CLARK (four from 1982-85).

2.   NUMBER OF THE WEEK – 5: The number of games on the Week 13 schedule featuring rematches of past Super Bowls or NFL/AFL Championship Games, including the clubs that met in the first AFL-NFL World Championship Game, GREEN BAY and KANSAS CITY. The game was renamed the Super Bowl two years later thanks to a suggestion from the Hunt Family, owners of the Chiefs. Other classics related to rematches this week:

  • In 2008, PITTSBURGH defeated ARIZONA in Super Bowl XLIII.
    • In 1972, MIAMI capped the NFL’s only undefeated season with a Super Bowl VII victory over WASHINGTON. Ten years later, Washington avenged the loss to the Dolphins with a triumph in Super Bowl XVII.
    • The SAN DIEGO CHARGERS captured the 1963 AFL title by defeating the BOSTON PATRIOTS.
    • And three times in six seasons, the CLEVELAND BROWNS met the LOS ANGELES RAMS to decide the NFL’s world championship, with Cleveland winning in 1950 and 1955 and the Rams – who called Cleveland home from their 1937 inception until first moving west in 1946 — winning in 1951.

3.   BRONCOS AUTHORING HISTORIC IN-SEASON REBOUND: DENVER (6-5) is bidding to join a small group of teams that opened seasons 0-3 and qualified for the playoffs. The Broncos would take a big step with a win at HOUSTON (6-5) on Sunday (1 p.m. ET, CBS). Currently the hottest team in the AFC and tied with Philadelphia for the NFL’s longest current winning streak, the Broncos have won five straight. In addition to the 2018 Texans (the last to do it), the 1992 SAN DIEGO CHARGERS, 1995 DETROIT LIONS and 1998 BUFFALO BILLS also reached the playoffs after opening 0-3.

  • Led by defensive coordinator VANCE JOSEPH, the Broncos have an opportunity to author the largest in-season improvement of any team in league history with respect to points allowed. After allowing 36.2 points over the season’s first five games, the Broncos have surrendered just 16.5 per contest since then, a 19.7-point difference.

The largest points-per-game-allowed improvements in NFL history:

Denver Broncos202336.2*16.519.7
Cleveland Rams193925.46.219.2
Pittsburgh Steelers197622.03.118.9
New York Giants201336.418.318.1
*with six games remaining    
  • Denver leads the NFL with 22 takeaways. The Broncos’ 15 takeaways over the last four games are their most in a four-game span since 1989, when Denver earned a berth in Super Bowl XXIV.
    • Houston quarterback C.J. STROUD is the first rookie in NFL history with 300 passing yards in four consecutive games. Stroud has 3,266 passing yards this season and last week surpassed JUSTIN HERBERT (3,224) for the second-most passing yards by a player in his first 11 career games in NFL history. Only PATRICK MAHOMES (3,434) has more.
    • Stroud also has five games with at least 300 passing yards and two touchdown passes, tied with JUSTIN HERBERT (five games in 2020) and ANDREW LUCK (five games in 2012) for the most by a rookie in NFL history.
    • Also last week, Houston wide receiver TANK DELL became the third rookie in NFL history with at least five receptions and a touchdown catch in four consecutive games, joining ODELL BECKHAM JR. (Weeks 14-17, 2014) and AMON-RA ST. BROWN (Weeks 15-18, 2021).
    • Stroud and Dell have connected for seven touchdowns this season. That combination is the sixth rookie quarterback-receiver pairing in NFL history to account for seven touchdowns, joining New England’s JIM PLUNKETT and RANDY VATAHA (nine touchdown connections in 1971), the New York Giants’ CHARLIE CONERLY and BILL SWIACKI (nine in 1948), the Cleveland Browns’ TIM COUCH and KEVIN JOHNSON (eight in 1999), Indianapolis’ ANDREW LUCK and T.Y. HILTON (seven in 2012) and the St. Louis Rams’ TONY BANKS and EDDIE KENNISON (seven in 1996).
    • Texans cornerback DEREK STINGLEY has an interception in each of his last two games.

4.   SPOTLIGHT – INDIVIDUAL MATCHUP: Jacksonville’s 2022 class of unrestricted free-agent signings has proven to be one of the strongest groups in recent memory. One of those signings, cornerback DARIOUS WILLIAMS, has found a home in the Jaguars’ secondary. This season, Williams has three interceptions and two forced fumbles, and leads the NFL with 16 passes defensed. Meanwhile, the Bengals’ JA’MARR CHASE enters the week with 75 receptions for 914 yards and six touchdowns. Chase needs only five receptions and 86 receiving yards to become the fourth player ever to reach 80 catches and 1,000 yards in each of his first three seasons, joining ODELL BECKHAM JR., JUSTIN JEFFERSON and MICHAEL THOMAS. Williams, who also met Chase in Super Bowl LVI as a member of the Rams, will be standing in his way when JACKSONVILLE (8-3) hosts CINCINNATI (5-6) on Monday Night Football (8:15 p.m. ET, ESPN/ABC).

  • Jacksonville has won each of its last four primetime games, including the postseason, the Jaguars’ longest stretch since they won five straight under the lights from 1998-99.
    • In last week’s win, quarterback TREVOR LAWRENCE completed four passes of 40-plus yards. The last NFL player to do that in a game was DEREK CARR on Oct. 11, 2020. The last Jaguars player to do it was MARK BRUNELL on Sept. 22, 1996.

5.   SPOTLIGHT – TEAM MATCHUP: When the DETROIT LIONS (8-3) pass the ball against the NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (5-6) on Sunday, it should make for an exciting chess match at the Caesars Superdome (1 p.m. ET, FOX). Detroit’s passing offense (268.5 yards per game) ranks third in the NFL while the Saints are seventh in the league against the pass (196.3 yards allowed per game). The Saints’ defense also leads the league with 72 passes defensed and has 14 interceptions, second-most in the NFL.

  • Since entering the NFL in 2021, Lions wide receiver AMON-RA ST. BROWN has at least eight catches in 17 games, tied with ANQUAN BOLDIN (17) for the second-most games with eight-plus receptions by a player in his first three seasons in NFL history. Only JUSTIN JEFFERSON (19) has more.
    • Detroit tight end SAM LAPORTA last week became the second tight end in NFL history to reach 50 receptions, 500 receiving yards and five touchdown catches in his first 11 career games, joining KEITH JACKSON in 1988.

6.   STREAK SPEAK: INDIANAPOLIS (6-5) has a takeaway in 16 straight games, the NFL’s longest active streak, twice as long as the next-longest active stretch, Denver (eight). The Colts will put that streak on the line this week at TENNESSEE (4-7) on Sunday (1 p.m. ET, CBS), looking to keep pace with the Broncos and Texans in the fight for the AFC’s final playoff spot.

  • Tennessee running back DERRICK HENRY has six rushing touchdowns this season and became the fifth player in the Super Bowl era with at least five in each of his first eight career seasons, joining Pro Football Hall of Famers MARSHALL FAULK and LADAINIAN TOMLINSON as well as EDDIE GEORGE and RICKY WATTERS.
    • The Colts, who posted six sacks in last week’s win, are 5-0 this year in games with four-or-more sacks.
    • Tennessee is 4-0 at Nissan Stadium in 2023.

7.   DID YOU KNOW?: PITTSBURGH (7-4) is 43-17-1 (.713) when recording 400 yards of total offense under head coach MIKE TOMLIN. The Steelers, who host ARIZONA (2-10) on Sunday (1 p.m. ET, CBS), bid to reach 400 yards of total offense in consecutive games for the first time since Weeks 6 and 8 in 2018 (two games with a bye week in between).

  • Pittsburgh has four wins in 2023 when trailing at halftime, second in the NFL behind Philadelphia (five).
    • Steelers linebacker T.J. WATT had two sacks and a forced fumble in last week’s win, his 20th career game with at least two sacks. No other player has more multi-sack games since Watt entered the league in 2017. Watt, tied for the league lead this season with 13.5 sacks, has 91 sacks in 98 career games and joined Pro Football Hall of Famer REGGIE WHITE (82 games) as the only players since 1982, when the individual sack became an official statistic, to reach 90 sacks in fewer than 100 NFL games. Watt is also the second player since 1982, when the individual sack became an official statistic, with at least 13 sacks in five of his first seven seasons, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer REGGIE WHITE (six seasons).
    • Arizona quarterback KYLER MURRAY had two touchdowns (one passing, one rushing) in Week 12. Murray has 18 career games with both a touchdown pass and a rushing touchdown, tied with DAUNTE CULPEPPER (18) for the third-most such games by a quarterback in his first five seasons in NFL history. Only CAM NEWTON (31 games) and JOSH ALLEN (25) have more.

8.   UNDER-THE-RADAR STORYLINE: Quarterback JORDAN LOVE made his first NFL start against the team he’ll see when GREEN BAY (5-6) meets KANSAS CITY (8-3) at Lambeau Field on Sunday Night Football (8:20 p.m. ET, NBC). Love, who replaced AARON RODGERS at Kansas City on Nov. 7, 2021, completed 19 of 34 attempts (55.9 percent) for 190 yards with one touchdown and one interception in a 13-7 loss. The touchdown pass, the first of his career, capped a 10-play, 53-yard drive and brought the Packers within one score with under five minutes left in regulation. It was Love’s only start over his first three seasons, until taking the reins of the Packers’ offense in 2023.

  • Love has five touchdown passes and no interceptions over his last two games (both wins).
    • In last week’s win, Packers linebacker RASHAN GARY forced two fumbles and matched his career best with three sacks. Green Bay is 7-0 when Gary has 1.5-or-more sacks.
    • Chiefs quarterback PATRICK MAHOMES has 66 career games with at least two touchdown passes, surpassing Pro Football Hall of Famer DAN MARINO (65) for the most such games by a player in his first seven seasons in NFL history.
    • Kansas City tight end TRAVIS KELCE has 11,076 receiving yards in 154 games, surpassing Pro Football Hall of Famer TONY GONZALEZ (191 games) as the fastest tight end to reach 11,000 in NFL history.

9.   TREND TIME: DALLAS (8-3) leads the NFL with six defensive touchdowns while SEATTLE (6-5) is tied for second with three. Those teams, each of whom played on Thanksgiving, will kick off Week 13 at AT&T Stadium on Thursday Night Football (8:15 p.m. ET, Prime Video).

  • Dallas is the first team in NFL history to win each of its first five home games by 20-or-more points. This week, the Cowboys look for their 14th consecutive home win. Over the last 10 years, NFL teams have won 14-or-more home games in succession on only three occasions.
    • Cowboys cornerback DARON BLAND not only is the first player in NFL history with five interception-return touchdowns in a season, he also has tied the single-season league record for overall defensive touchdowns, five (shared with KEN HOUSTON, 1971). Incidentally, as a high-school junior at Central Catholic in Modesto, Calif., Bland had three interception-return touchdowns, two in the state title game.
    • Dallas linebacker MICAH PARSONS has 11.5 sacks this season and is the third player since 1982, when the individual sack became an official statistic, to record at least 11 in each of his first three NFL seasons, joining DWIGHT FREENEY and Pro Football Hall of Famer REGGIE WHITE.
    • Since DAN QUINN became defensive coordinator in 2021, the Cowboys lead the NFL with 21 takeaways.
    • Also since 2021, Dallas quarterback DAK PRESCOTT has four games with 300 passing yards and four touchdown passes. In that period, only JOSH ALLEN (five) has more such games.
    • Seattle cornerback DEVON WITHERSPOON leads all rookies with 14 passes defensed. He’s broken up a pass in nine of his 10 career games.

10. NEXT GEN STAT OF THE WEEK: Wide receiver KEENAN ALLEN leads the league this season with 97 receptions, all from quarterback JUSTIN HERBERT. With a minimum of 100 pass attempts to an individual wide receiver, Herbert’s completion percentage when targeting Allen (75.2 percent) is second in the league. The quarterback’s 116.1 passer rating when targeting Allen is third.

  • When the LOS ANGELES CHARGERS (4-7) travel to NEW ENGLAND (2-9) on Sunday (1 p.m. ET, CBS), Allen can further solidify his name in the record books. Allen enters the week with 19 career games of 10-or-more receptions and 100-plus receiving yards, third in NFL history behind ANDRE JOHNSON (21) and ANTONIO BROWN (20).
    • Chargers linebacker KHALIL MACK is just the second player in league annals to record 12 sacks in a season with three teams, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer KEVIN GREENE. Mack also has 20 career games with two-or-more sacks, tied for most in the league since he entered the NFL in 2014.
    • Meanwhile, the LOS ANGELES RAMS (5-6) are hosting CLEVELAND (7-4) on Sunday (4:25 p.m. ET, FOX). In last week’s win, Rams running back KYREN WILLIAMS became the fourth player ever with at least 140 rushing yards, 60 receiving yards and two touchdown receptions in a game, joining LARRY BROWN (Dec. 16, 1973), BILLY CANNON (Dec. 10, 1961) and KAREEM HUNT (Sept. 7, 2017).
    • Riding a two-game winning streak, the Rams are in the NFC playoff hunt. The Rams franchise, which launched in Cleveland in 1937, played the Browns three times for the NFL Championship in the 1950s.

11. AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST: Wide receiver TYREEK HILL, who leads the NFL in both receiving yards (1,324) and touchdown receptions (10) and ranks second with 88 receptions, takes his prolific pace with MIAMI (8-3) into FedExField to meet WASHINGTON (4-8) on Sunday (1 p.m. ET, FOX).

  • Last week, Hill established the most receiving yards (1,324) over the first 11 games of a season in the Super Bowl era (1966-present). Hill, who is on pace to break the single-season NFL record held by Pro Football Hall of Famer CALVIN JOHNSON (1,964 in 2012), is the fourth player in history to reach 1,300 receiving yards in his team’s first 11 games of a season, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer ELROY “CRAZY LEGS” HIRSCH (1,349 in 1951), CHARLIE HENNIGAN (1,327 in 1961) and JULIO JONES (1,305 in 2018).
    • Also in last week’s win, Dolphins running back RAHEEM MOSTERT carried 20 times for 94 yards (4.7 avg.) and two touchdowns. He enters Week 13 leading the league with 13 rushing touchdowns while ranking second with 15 scrimmage touchdowns. Mostert needs three scrimmage touchdowns to match the Dolphins’ single-season record (18), established by MARK CLAYTON in 1984.


Below are teams and players that can set historic marks or reach career milestones in Week 13 of the 2023 NFL season, including:

  • Dallas (Dak Prescott, CeeDee Lamb, Micah Parsons & DaRon Bland)
  • Philadelphia (Jalen Hurts)
  • San Francisco (Christian McCaffrey)
  • Houston (C.J. Stroud & Tank Dell)
  • L.A. Chargers (Keenan Allen & Justin Herbert)
  • Detroit (Jared Goff & Amon-Ra St. Brown)
  • Miami (Tyreek Hill)
  • Pittsburgh (T.J. Watt)


The DALLAS COWBOYS (8-3) have won three consecutive games and are one of three teams undefeated at home this season. They are 5-0 at AT&T Stadium in 2023 and have scored at least 30 points in each game. Since Week 2 of the 2022 season, the Cowboys have won 13 consecutive home games, the longest active streak in the NFL.  

With 30 points against Seattle on Thursday Night Football (8:15 p.m. ET, Prime Video), Dallas will become the third team in NFL history to score at least 30 points in each of its first six home games of a season, joining TAMPA BAY in 2021 and NEW ENGLAND in 2007.

The Cowboys also have totaled at least 40 points in each of their past three home games. They can become the third team in the Super Bowl era and fifth team in NFL history with at least 40 points in four consecutive home games.

The teams to score at least 40 points in the most consecutive home games in NFL history:

Cincinnati Bengals20134
St. Louis Rams20004
L.A. Chargers1960-614
Detroit Lions19524
Dallas Cowboys20233*
*active streak  

Quarterback DAK PRESCOTT has totaled 1,555 passing yards, 15 touchdown passes and a 129.3 passer rating in five home starts this season. Including Dallas’ last home game of the 2022 season, Prescott has recorded at least 250 passing yards and a passer rating of 100-or-higher in six consecutive home games.

With 250 passing yards and a passer rating of 100-or-higher on Thursday night, Prescott will become the second player in NFL history to reach those marks in seven consecutive home games, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer BRETT FAVRE (seven consecutive home games from 1995-96 with Green Bay).

The players with at least 250 passing yards and a passer rating of 100-or-higher in the most consecutive home games in NFL history:

Brett FavreHOFGreen Bay1995-967
Jared GoffL.A. Rams20186
Dak PrescottDallas2022-236*
*active streak

Prescott has recorded at least 300 passing yards and three touchdown passes in four of his past five games overall. Since entering the league in 2016, he ranks fourth among all players with 19 such games.

With 300 passing yards and three touchdown passes against Seattle, Prescott will become the third player in NFL history with 20-or-more such games in his first eight seasons, joining PATRICK MAHOMES (26 games, in seventh season) and Pro Football Hall of Famer DAN MARINO (26).

​The players with the most games with at least 300 passing yards and three touchdown passes in their first eight seasons in NFL history:

Patrick MahomesKansas City26*
Dan MarinoHOFMiami26
Dak PrescottDallas19#
*in seventh season  
#in eighth season  

Wide receiver CEEDEE LAMB ranks third in the NFL with 1,066 receiving yards and sixth with 78 receptions. With five receptions on Thursday night, Lamb – who has 338 receptions since he entered the league in 2020 – will surpass ANQUAN BOLDIN (342 receptions) for the fourth-most receptions by a player in his first four seasons in NFL history.

The players with the most receptions in their first four seasons in NFL history:

Michael ThomasNew Orleans470
Jarvis LandryMiami400
Justin JeffersonMinnesota360*
Anquan BoldinArizona342
Diontae JohnsonPittsburgh340
CeeDee LambDallas338*
*in fourth season  

Linebacker MICAH PARSONS has totaled at least 1.5 sacks in three of his past four games, including last week on Thanksgiving. Parsons has 11.5 sacks this season and since entering the league in 2021 ranks fourth among all players with 38 sacks.

With 1.5 sacks against Seattle, Parsons will become the second player with at least 13 sacks in each of his first three NFL seasons since 1982, when the individual sack became an official statistic, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer REGGIE WHITE.

With two sacks, Parsons will become the fifth player since 1982 with at least 40 sacks in his first three NFL seasons, joining Pro Football Hall of Famers REGGIE WHITE (52 sacks) and DERRICK THOMAS (43.5) as well as ALDON SMITH (42) and DWIGHT FREENEY (40).

Parsons can also tie Pro Football Hall of Famer RICHARD DENT (12 games), SHAWNE MERRIMAN (12) and ALDON SMITH (12) for the second-most games with at least two sacks by a player in his first three NFL seasons since 1982, when the individual sack became an official statistic. Only Pro Football Hall of Famer REGGIE WHITE (16 games) has more.

The players with the most games with at least two sacks in their first three NFL seasons since 1982:

Reggie WhiteHOFPhiladelphia16
Richard DentHOFChicago12
Shawne MerrimanSan Diego Chargers12
Aldon SmithSan Francisco12
Micah ParsonsDallas11*
*in third season  

Last week, cornerback DARON BLAND registered his NFL-record fifth interception-return touchdown of the season. With another defensive touchdown this season, he will become the first player in NFL history to record six defensive touchdowns in a season, surpassing Pro Football Hall of Famer KEN HOUSTON (five in 1971).


The PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (10-1) and SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (8-3) enter their Week 13 matchup as the top two seeds in the NFC. This Sunday’s contest (4:25 p.m. ET, FOX) will be the first time the clubs have met since Philadelphia defeated San Francisco, 31-7, in last season’s NFC Championship.

This will mark the first NFC Championship rematch from the previous season since Dallas and San Francisco met in Week 11 of the 1994 regular season, following their 1993 NFC Championship meeting. Overall, this will be the league’s 11th Conference Championship rematch from the previous season in the Super Bowl era.

If Philadelphia wins, the Eagles will become the second team in NFL history to win at least 11 of their first 12 regular-season games in consecutive seasons, joining the 1972-73 MIAMI DOLPHINS.

Philadelphia quarterback JALEN HURTS is tied for second in the league with 11 rushing touchdowns and is the first quarterback ever with at least 10 rushing touchdowns in three consecutive seasons. Last week, he recorded his 11th career game with at least two rushing touchdowns, the most ever by a quarterback.

With two rushing touchdowns on Sunday, Hurts will become the first quarterback in NFL history with multiple rushing touchdowns in three consecutive games.

San Francisco running back CHRISTIAN MCCAFFREY leads the league with 16 scrimmage touchdowns (11 rushing, five receiving). Since entering the NFL in 2017, McCaffrey has totaled 49 rushing touchdowns and 27 touchdown receptions.

With a rushing touchdown on Sunday, McCaffrey will join Pro Football Hall of Famers MARSHALL FAULK and LENNY MOORE as the only players in NFL history with at least 50 rushing touchdowns and 25 touchdown receptions.

New Orleans running back ALVIN KAMARA has 51 career rushing touchdowns and 23 touchdown receptions and can also accomplish the feat with two touchdown receptions against Detroit on Sunday (1 p.m. ET, FOX).

The players with at least 50 rushing touchdowns and 25 touchdown receptions in NFL history:

Marshall FaulkHOFIndianapolis, St. Louis Rams10036
Lenny MooreHOFBaltimore Colts6348
Alvin KamaraNew Orleans5123
Christian McCaffreyCarolina, San Francisco4927


Houston rookie quarterback C.J. STROUD ranks second in the league with 3,266 passing yards, the second-most ever by a player in his first 11 career games.

With 331 passing yards against Denver on Sunday (1 p.m. ET, CBS), Stroud will surpass ANDREW LUCK (3,596 passing yards) for the second-most passing yards by a player in his first 12 career games in NFL history. Only PATRICK MAHOMES (3,912) has more. 

The players with the most passing yards in their first 12 career games in NFL history:

Patrick MahomesKansas City3,912
Andrew LuckIndianapolis3,596
Justin HerbertL.A. Chargers3,467
C.J. StroudHouston3,266*
*in first 11 games

Last week, Stroud recorded his fourth-consecutive and sixth overall game of the season with at least 300 passing yards. With another 300-yard game, he will surpass ANDREW LUCK (six games in 2012) for the second-most 300-yard games ever by a rookie. Only JUSTIN HERBERT (eight in 2020) has more.

Stroud, who will be 22 years and 61 days old on Sunday, can also become the youngest player in NFL history to record at least 300 passing yards in five consecutive games, surpassing PATRICK MAHOMES (23 years and 27 days old in 2018).

One of Stroud’s top targets this season has been fellow rookie TANK DELL, who ranks tied for the league lead among rookies with seven touchdown receptions and second with 709 receiving yards. Dell has recorded at least five receptions, 50 receiving yards and one touchdown reception in each of his past four games.

With another touchdown between Stroud and Dell, the two will become the fourth rookie quarterback-receiver pairing in NFL history to connect for at least eight touchdowns and the first since Cleveland’s TIM COUCH and KEVIN JOHNSON in 1999 (eight touchdowns).

The rookie quarterback-receiver pairings to connect for the most touchdowns in NFL history:

Jim PlunkettRandy Vataha New England19719
Charlie ConerlyBill Swiacki N.Y. Giants19489
Tim CouchKevin Johnson Cleveland19998
C.J. StroudTank Dell Houston20237
Andrew LuckT.Y. Hilton Indianapolis20127
Tony BanksEddie Kennison St. Louis Rams19967

​Dell can also become the first rookie in NFL history to record at least five receptions, 50 receiving yards and a touchdown reception in five consecutive games and the first rookie ever to reach those marks in seven games overall.

​The rookies with the most games with at least five receptions, 50 receiving yards and a touchdown reception in history:

Anquan BoldinArizona20036
Tank DellHouston Texans20236
Bill GromanHouston Oilers19606
Michael ThomasNew Orleans20166


Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver KEENAN ALLEN leads the league with 97 receptions and ranks second with 1,117 receiving yards. He has totaled at least 10 receptions and 100 receiving yards in each of his last three games.

With another such performance at New England on Sunday (1 p.m. ET, CBS), Allen will become the second player in NFL history to record at least 10 receptions and 100 receiving yards in four consecutive games, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer CALVIN JOHNSON (2012).

Allen can also become the third player ever with 20 such games in his career, joining ANDRE JOHNSON (21 games) and ANTONIO BROWN (20).

The players with the most games with at least 10 receptions and 100 receiving yards in NFL history:

Andre JohnsonHouston21
Antonio BrownPittsburgh, Tampa Bay20
Keenan AllenSan Diego/L.A. Chargers19*

Since entering the league in 2013, Allen ranks second among all players with 893 receptions, and has totaled at least 100 receptions in four seasons (2017, 2019-21).

With three receptions on Sunday, Allen will become the sixth player in NFL history to record 100 receptions in five-or-more seasons, joining ANTONIO BROWN (six seasons), BRANDON MARSHALL (six), LARRY FITZGERALD (five), ANDRE JOHNSON (five) and WES WELKER (five).

The players with the most seasons with at least 100 receptions in NFL history:

Antonio BrownPittsburgh6
Brandon MarshallDenver, Chicago, N.Y. Jets6
Larry FitzgeraldArizona5
Andre JohnsonHouston5
Wes WelkerNew England5
Keenan AllenL.A. Chargers4*
*has 97 receptions in 2023

With seven receptions, Allen will become the fastest player in NFL history (138 games) to reach 900 career receptions, surpassing ANTONIO BROWN (143 games).

Since entering the league in 2020, quarterback JUSTIN HERBERT ranks fourth among all players with 114 touchdown passes.

With a touchdown pass on Sunday, Herbert will surpass PATRICK MAHOMES (114 touchdown passes) for the second-most touchdown passes by a player in his first four seasons in NFL history. Only Pro Football Hall of Famer DAN MARINO (142) has more.

The players with the most touchdown passes in their first four seasons in NFL history:

Dan MarinoHOFMiami142
Justin HerbertL.A. Chargers114*
Patrick MahomesKansas City114
*in fourth season


Last week, Detroit quarterback JARED GOFF recorded his fourth game this season with at least 300 passing yards. It marked his 35th career 300-yard game, the fifth-most in the league since he entered in 2016.

With 300 passing yards at New Orleans on Sunday (1 p.m. ET, FOX), Goff will surpass MATT RYAN (35 games) and Pro Football Hall of Famer KURT WARNER (35) for the third-most games with at least 300 passing yards by a player in his first eight seasons in NFL history. Only PATRICK MAHOMES (44 games, in seventh season) and Pro Football Hall of Famer DAN MARINO (38) have more.

The players with the most games with at least 300 passing yards in their first eight seasons in NFL history:

Patrick MahomesKansas City44*
Dan MarinoHOFMiami38
Jared GoffL.A. Rams, Detroit35#
Matt RyanAtlanta35
Kurt WarnerHOFSt. Louis Rams, Arizona35
*in seventh season
#in eighth season

Wide receiver AMON-RA ST. BROWN has recorded at least eight receptions in five of his past six games. Since entering the NFL in 2021, St. Brown has at least eight receptions in 17 games, the second most in the league during that span.

With eight catches on Sunday, St. Brown will surpass ANQUAN BOLDIN (17 games) for the second-most games with at least eight receptions by a player in his first three seasons in NFL history. Only JUSTIN JEFFERSON (19) has more.

The players with the most games with at least eight receptions in their first three seasons in NFL history:

Justin JeffersonMinnesota19
Anquan BoldinArizona17
Amon-Ra St. BrownDetroit17*
*in third season

St. Brown ranks fourth in the league this season with 82 receptions and sixth with 993 receiving yards. With eight receptions, he will become the third player ever to record at least 90 receptions and 900 receiving yards in each of his first three seasons, joining ODELL BECKHAM JR. and MICHAEL THOMAS. 


Miami wide receiver TYREEK HILL leads the NFL with 1,324 receiving yards and 10 touchdown receptions, and ranks second with 88 receptions.

With 76 receiving yards at Washington on Sunday (1 p.m. ET, FOX), Hill will become the fifth player in history to record at least 1,400 receiving yards in his team’s first 12 games of a season, joining CHARLIE HENNIGAN (1,541 receiving yards in 1961) and Pro Football Hall of Famers ELROY “CRAZY LEGS” HIRSCH (1,495 in 1951), LANCE ALWORTH (1,428 in 1965) and CALVIN JOHNSON (1,428 in 2012).

The players with at least 1,400 receiving yards in their team’s first 12 games of a season in NFL history:

Charlie HenniganHouston Oilers19611,541
Elroy HirschHOFLos Angeles Rams19511,495
Lance AlworthHOFSan Diego Chargers19651,428
Calvin JohnsonHOFDetroit20121,428
Tyreek HillMiami20231,324*
*through 11 games


Pittsburgh linebacker T.J. WATT is tied for first with 13.5 sacks this season and had two sacks in Week 12, his 20th-career game with at least two sacks. He has 91 sacks in 98 games since entering the NFL in 2017 and joined Pro Football Hall of Famer REGGIE WHITE (82 games) as the only players since 1982, when the individual sack became an official statistic, to reach 90 sacks in fewer than 100 NFL games.

With a two-sack performance in one of his next two games, Watt – who will appear in his 99th career game on Sunday against Arizona (1 p.m. ET, CBS) – can surpass JARED ALLEN (20 games) and Pro Football Hall of Famer BRUCE SMITH (20) for the fourth-most games with at least two sacks in a player’s first 100 NFL games since 1982.

The players with the most games with at least two sacks in their first 100 NFL games since 1982:

Reggie WhiteHOFPhiladelphia29
Richard DentHOFChicago23
J.J. WattHouston23
Jared AllenKansas City, Minnesota20
Bruce SmithHOFBuffalo20
T.J. WattPittsburgh20*
*in 98 career games​

Watt, who had 15 sacks in 2020 and tied the single-season NFL-record with 22.5 sacks in 2021, can become the fourth player since 1982 with at least 15 sacks in three of his first seven NFL seasons, joining Pro Football Hall of Famers REGGIE WHITE (four seasons) and DEMARCUS WARE (three) as well as his brother, J.J. WATT (three).

Watt has at least one sack in 57 career games and with one sack on Sunday, will surpass AARON DONALD (57 games) for the fifth-most career games with at least one sack in a player’s first seven NFL seasons since 1982. Only Pro Football Hall of Famers DEMARCUS WARE (68 games) and REGGIE WHITE (63) as well as VON MILLER (61) and MYLES GARRETT (59, in seventh season) have more.


DATE: Thursday, Novmeber 30, 2023 GAME TIME: 8:15 PM ET

Prime Video: Al Michaels, Kirk Herbstreit, Kaylee Hartung

Westwood One: Kevin Kugler, Tony Boselli

SiriusXM (team name linked to SXM App) SEA: 81 or 226 DAL: 83 or 225 National: 88


REG. SEASON: DAL leads series 10-9 (SEA won 5 of past 6)

POSTSEASON: Series tied, 1-1


REG. SEASON: 9/27/20: DAL 31 at SEA 38

POSTSEASON: 1/5/19 NFC-WC: SEA 22 at DAL 24


QB GENO SMITH has 20 TDs (19 pass, 1 rush) vs. 8 INTs for 99.2 rating in his past 13 road starts. Has TD pass vs. 0 INTs & 90+ rating in 5 of his past 6 primetime starts. • RB KENNETH WALKER has 4 rush TDs in 5 road games this season. • RB ZACH CHARBONNET (rookie) had 58 scrimmage yards (47 rush, 11 rec.) in Week 12. Has 50+ scrimmage yards in 4 of his past 5 & aims for his 4th in row with 50+ scrimmage yards. • WR TYLER LOCKETT has 6th-straight season with 50+ catches (54) & 500+ rec. yards (575). Has 50+ rec. yards in 5 of his past 6 road games. Had 9 catches for 100 yards & 3 rec. TDs in last meeting & aims for his 3rd in row vs. Dal. with TD catch. • WR DK METCALF has 50+ rec. yards in 5 of his past 6 & aims for his 4th in row on road with 50+ rec. yards. Needs 7 catches for 5th-straight 50-catch season. Had 4 catches for 110 yards & rec. TD in last meeting. • LB BOBBY WAGNER has 113 tackles in 2023, his 12th-straight season with 100+ tackles. Aims for his 4th in row vs. Dal. with PD. • LB JORDYN BROOKS had 12 tackles & 1st-career INT-TD in Week 12. Is 1 of 4 with 10+ tackles in 25+ games (25) since 2021. Needs 5 tackles for 3rd-straight 100+ tackle season. • S JAMAL ADAMS had season-high 2 TFL last week & aims for his 5th in row with TFL. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Dal. with PD. • S QUANDRE DIGGS had 3rd PD of season last week. Has 61 tackles in 2023, his 4th-straight 60+ tackle season. • S JULIAN LOVE had INT in his last game vs. Dal. (11/24/22 w/ NYG) & aims for his 4th in row vs. Dal. with 10+ tackles. • CB DEVON WITHERSPOON leads all rookies with 14 PD in 2023, incl. PD in 9 of 10 career games.


DALLAS is 1st team ever to win each of 1st 5 home games of season by 20+ points. Has won past 13 home games, longest active streak in NFL. • QB DAK PRESCOTT passed for 331 yards & 4 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 142.1 rating in Week 12, his 4th game with 300+ pass yards & 3+ TD passes in 2023, most in NFL. Is 11-0 in his past 11 home starts with 29 TDs (27 pass, 2 rush) vs. 9 INTs for 114.6 rating. Has 18 TDs (16 pass, 2 rush) vs. 5 INTs for 104.6 rating in 9 career home Thursday starts. Passed for 472 yards & 3 TDs in last meeting. • RB TONY POLLARD had 6 catches, 103 scrimmage yards (79 rush, 24 rec.) & 4th rush TD of season last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with rush TD. Needs 98 scrimmage yards for 3rd-straight 1,000-yard season. • WR CEEDEE LAMB ranks 3rd in NFL with 1,066 rec. yards in 2023, his 3rd-straight season with 1,000+ rec. yards. Ranks 6th in NFL with 78 receptions, his 4th-straight 70+ catch season. Aims for his 4th in row overall & 5th in row at home with TD catch. Has 338 career catches & can become 4th player ever (Justin Jefferson, Jarvis Landry & Michael Thomas) with 350+ catches in 1st 4 seasons. • WR BRANDIN COOKS had 4th rec. TD of season last week. • CB DARON BLAND had career-high 10 tackles & 5th INT-TD of season last week, most in season in NFL history. Aims for his 3rd in row with INT-TD & 4th in row with INT. Leads NFL with 7 INTs in 2023. • LB MICAH PARSONS has 11.5 sacks in 2023 & became 3rd player since 1982 with 11+ sacks in each of 1st 3 seasons. Has sack in 6 o this past 7 games & aims for his 3rd in row with 1.5+ sacks. • DT JONATHAN HANKINS had 2 sacks in Week 12, his 2ndcareer multi-sack game.


Three-time Pro Bowl wide receiver DeSean Jackson retired Wednesday after 15 seasons with six NFL teams.

The speedy playmaker spent eight seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles, who announced his retirement.

“DeSean Jackson was a dynamic playmaker who captivated Eagles fans with his game-breaking speed, unique skill set, and explosive play,” Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie said in a statement. “What made DeSean truly stand out during his accomplished 15-year career was his ability to make miraculous plays look routine.”

Jackson officially will retire with Philadelphia on Sunday when he serves as an honorary captain as the Eagles (10-1) host the San Francisco 49ers (8-3).

“I’ll forever be an Eagle,” Jackson said, according to the Eagles’ post on X.

His most memorable game was a 38-31 comeback victory by the Eagles over the rival New York Giants on Dec. 19, 2010. Down by 21 with eight minutes left, the Eagles scored four unanswered touchdowns – capped by Jackson’s game-winning 65-yard punt return as time expired.

“We all remember him scooping up the football in New York on that fateful evening in December 2010 and veering his way into the end zone for what is now famously referred to as the ‘Miracle at the New Meadowlands,’” Lurie said.

Jackson caught 641 passes for 11,263 yards and 58 touchdowns in 183 games (159 starts) with the Eagles (2008-13, 2019-20), Washington (2014-16), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2017-18), Las Vegas Raiders (2021), Los Angeles Rams (2021) and Baltimore Ravens (2022).

He posted five 1,000-yard seasons and led the NFL in yards per reception in 2010, 2014, 2016 and 2018. He also returned four punts for touchdowns and finished with 13,078 all-purpose yards.


Suspended Denver Broncos safety Kareem Jackson said he is meeting with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell in New York on Wednesday to discuss his latest punishment.

Saying he feels like a “poster child,” Jackson spoke Tuesday night for the first time since receiving a four-game ban on Nov. 20 for repeated violations of player safety rules.

“For me, I see a lot of the same things happening around the league where guys aren’t going through what I’m going through — no flags, no fines, no suspensions,” Jackson said.

“I’m not really sure why I’m being treated the way I’m being treated. I’m making regular football plays, nothing malicious, in my opinion,” Jackson said. “I just want to know why I’m the only person going through what I’m going through.”

Jackson had just returned from a two-game suspension when he was banned four more games without pay after his hit against Minnesota Vikings quarterback Joshua Dobbs on Nov. 19.

NFL vice president of football operations Jon Runyan issued the suspension and detailed the violation in a letter to Jackson.

“With 13:38 remaining in the first quarter, you were involved in a play that the League considers a serious violation of the playing rules,” Runyan wrote in the letter. “The video of the play shows that you lowered your head and made forcible contact to Vikings quarterback Josh Dobbs. You had an unobstructed path to your opponent and the illegal contact could have been avoided.

“Illegal acts that are flagrant and jeopardize the safety of players will not be tolerated. The League will continue to stress enforcement of the rules that prohibit using your helmet to make forcible contact with your opponent. On the play in question, you lowered your head and delivered a forceful blow to the shoulder and head/neck area of an opponent when you had time and space to avoid such contact. You could have made contact with your opponent within the rules, yet you chose not to.”

Jackson was not penalized on the play. Barring a successful appeal, he is not eligible to return to the active roster after the Week 15 game against the Detroit Lions on Dec. 17.

Jackson said he tried to get some answers from the league during his initial suspension but was unsuccessful.

“There’s no clarity, a lot of gray area,” Jackson said. “I asked them a ton of questions and told them I’ll be in the same situations. How am I supposed to play or how am I supposed to go about these situations?”

“So, hopefully, something comes from this meeting. I don’t think much will, because I don’t even think they know,” he added. “At this point, I feel like I’m the poster child for whatever they’re trying to get across or prove. So, we’ll see.”

So far this season, Jackson has been ejected from two games, suspended for six and fined a total of $89,670 for four illegal hits. The missed game checks are costing him an additional $837,000.

Jackson, 35, has 51 tackles, two interceptions and three passes defended in eight games (all starts) this season.

Jackson is in his 14th season in the NFL and his fifth with Denver after nine with the Houston Texans. He has 952 tackles and 22 career interceptions, returning three for touchdowns. He also has seven fumble recoveries, one returned for a score.


FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — Aaron Rodgers’ improbable comeback from a torn Achilles tendon has taken the next step.

The New York Jets opened the 21-day practice window for the quarterback on Wednesday — exactly 11 weeks after he had surgery — with Rodgers cleared for some football activities.

Coach Robert Saleh said the four-time NFL MVP, who turns 40 on Saturday, will be limited at practice and is not cleared for contact. Saleh said there’s no added risk in taking this step, emphasizing it’s not necessarily a signal that Rodgers will play again this season as much as it is the next part of the quarterback’s rehabilitation process.

“For Aaron, what he will be doing in practice is no different than what he’d be doing on the field, with regards to certain drills and individual (drills),” Saleh said. “Instead of throwing with staff members, he’s throwing with teammates.”

At the end of the 21-day period, the Jets will have to make a decision whether to activate him or he’ll spend the rest of this season on injured reserve.

“We’re not there yet,” Saleh said. “A lot of guys coming off (injured reserve) are usually not ready to play football. There’s usually still a little bit of a health concern there. So you use these 21-day windows to see where they’re at.

“We’re so far away from that. But the mindset for this is more of a progression in his rehab. He’s been cleared for functional football activity. He’s not cleared to fully play football.”

Rodgers tore his Achilles tendon four snaps into his debut with the Jets on Sept. 11 and had surgery two days later. The operation included a “speed bridge” procedure, which helps expedite the healing process. Rodgers has been progressing quickly in his rehabilitation and is still aiming to make an unprecedented quick return to the field.

“I think it’s sooner than anybody (anticipated),” Saleh said. “I think it’s a credit to him. I know we’re getting caught up in trying to create a narrative around him, but the true narrative is he’s old-school in the sense he is driven. Is there motivation to be the first to ever do it? Sure, but that’s OK. That’s his ‘why’ — that’s why he’s (doing it). It’s a mentality that I think young guys should be able to grab.

“He loves this organization, he wants to be with his teammates, he wants to be here.”

But Rodgers acknowledged Tuesday during his weekly appearance on “The Pat McAfee Show” that the factors in him returning to play this season are two-fold. The doctors must clear Rodgers — and the Jets must be in the AFC playoff hunt.

“It’s always been, first, am I healthy?” Rodgers said. “Then, are we alive? Are we in it? Are we playing good enough to make a run? Can I step in and protect myself and play at the level that I’m capable of playing? But it’s health first and are we alive for the playoffs, second.”

The Jets (4-7) have lost four in a row and host the NFC South-leading Atlanta Falcons on Sunday.


The Houston Texans placed offensive lineman Tytus Howard on injured reserve Wednesday with a knee injury.

Multiple reports said Howard requires season-ending surgery after being hurt in Sunday’s loss to Jacksonville.

He started the last seven games for the Texans (6-5) after missing the first four games with a broken hand.

Howard, 27, was Houston’s first-round draft pick (23rd overall) in 2019 and signed a three-year, $56 million extension in July. He moved from his customary right tackle position to left guard.

He has started all 61 of his games in the NFL. Rookie Juice Scruggs replaced Howard after he was helped off the field in the loss to the Jaguars.

The Texans also waived Shaquill Griffin and added fellow cornerback Desmond King II to the active roster. Linebacker Denzel Perryman also rejoined the 53-man roster, while kicker Matt Ammendola and linebacker Garret Wallow were signed to the practice squad.

Griffin, 28, played in 10 games (six starts) this season and had 33 tackles and one interception. The 2019 Pro Bowl selection has 360 tackles and seven picks in 86 games (78 starts) with the Seattle Seahawks (2017-20), Jaguars (2021-22) and Texans.


The Carolina Panthers signed veteran offensive lineman Gabe Jackson to their practice squad on Wednesday.

Jackson, 32, has started 130 games with the Oakland/Las Vegas Raiders (2014-20) and Seattle Seahawks (2021-22).

Jackson has played mostly at right guard since entering the NFL as a third-round draft pick in 2014.

The Panthers (1-10) are thin in the middle with recent injuries to Chandler Zavala (knee) and Cade Mays (ankle).



Khalif Battle scored 21 points off the bench and Arkansas put together a much-needed 80-75 victory against No. 7 Duke on Wednesday night at Fayetteville, Ark.

Trevon Brazile, who made four 3-point baskets, posted 19 points and 11 rebounds for Arkansas (5-3). The Razorbacks bounced back after losing their final two games — to Memphis and North Carolina — in the Battle 4 Atlantis last week in the Bahamas. The losses bumped Arkansas from the Top 25.

Battle poured in 13 points during a four-minute span of the second half when the Razorbacks pulled away. Brazile’s 3-pointer stretched the gap to 73-61 with 2:18 to play.

Kyle Filipowski supplied 26 points and 10 rebounds, Jeremy Roach had 22 points, and Jared McCain grabbed 10 rebounds for Duke (5-2), which was in its first true road game of the season.

No. 17 North Carolina 100, No. 10 Tennessee 92

The Tar Heels weathered a 37-point performance from Dalton Knecht to beat the Volunteers in Chapel Hill, N.C., in the ACC/SEC Challenge.

Knecht’s 37 points matched the most scored by a North Carolina opponent in the Dean E. Smith Center, but the Volunteers (4-3) still lost their third straight game. Tennessee had surrendered just 61.5 points per game in its first six contests, but North Carolina (6-1) had 61 by halftime.

RJ Davis led the Tar Heels with 27 points on 5-of-11 shooting from 3-point range, while Armando Bacot added 22 points and 11 rebounds. Knecht exited the game with less than two minutes to play with an apparent ankle injury. Josiah-Jordan James added 20 points for the Volunteers.

Virginia 59, No. 14 Texas A&M 47

Andrew Rohde scored 13 points to lead a balanced offensive attack, but it was defense that made the difference in the Cavaliers win over the Aggies in an ACC/SEC Challenge game in Charlottesville, Va.

Reece Beekman, Ryan Dunn and Jacob Groves added 12 points each for Virginia (6-1) and Isaac McKneely hit for 10 points. The Cavaliers limited Texas A&M (6-2) to 30.4 percent shooting from the floor and 4-of-23 (17.4 percent) success from 3-point range.

Henry Coleman III scored 16 points, hauled in 14 rebounds and was the only Texas A&M player in double figures. The Aggies, who played without injured guard Tyrece Radford, had only one more field goal (17) than turnovers in the loss.

Saint Joseph’s 78, No. 18 Villanova 65

Erik Reynolds II scored 24 points, Lynn Greer III added 15 points and seven assists and the Hawks upset the host Wildcats.

Xzayvier Brown scored 16 points, and Rasheer Fleming had 12 points and 11 rebounds for the Hawks (5-2), who defeated Villanova in the annual “Holy War” matchup for the first time since Dec. 17, 2011. It was also their first win at Villanova since 2004.

Justin Moore led the Wildcats (6-2) with 17 points, while Eric Dixon added 14.
No. 20 Colorado State 88, Colorado 83

Isaiah Stevens had 20 points and 11 assists, Jalen Lake scored 16 points, and the Rams ended a three-game losing streak to the in-state rival Buffaloes in Fort Collins, Colo.

Joel Scott and Nique Clifford had 15 points each and Joe Palmer added 11 for Colorado State (7-0).

KJ Simpson had 30 points, Cody Williams scored 21 and Tristan da Silva contributed 11 for Colorado (5-2).

No. 22 James Madison 81, Buffalo 66

T.J. Bickerstaff thrived down low and finished with 18 points and seven rebounds as the Dukes withstood a challenge from the Bulls for a victory in Harrisonburg, Va.

Terrence Edwards Jr. scored 15 points and Michael Green III delivered 14 points and five assists as the Dukes (7-0) held the lead wire-to-wire but had difficulty pulling away. Noah Freidel added 13 points for James Madison, which shook off the rust from a six-day layoff after winning two games last week at the Cancun Challenge in Mexico.

Sy Chatman hit a trio of 3-pointers on his way to scoring 19 points to pace Buffalo (1-6).



Maddy Westbeld scored 15 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as No. 18 Notre Dame beat No. 20 Tennessee 74-69 on Wednesday evening in Knoxville, Tenn., in the inaugural ACC/SEC Challenge.

Tennessee (4-3) led by as much as 16 points and was on top in the game for more than 36 minutes.

Westbeld was one of five players to score in double figures for Notre Dame (6-1). Natalija Marshall had 15 points and nine rebounds, Hannah Hidalgo tallied 13 points, seven rebounds and seven assists, KK Bransford added 12 points and Anna DeWolfe chipped in 11 points.

The Lady Volunteers were powered by 14 points and seven rebounds from Jasmine Powell, while Destinee Wells had 13 points and five assists.

Tennessee led by five points heading into the final frame, but a 14-7 run gave the Irish their first lead of the second half. Marshall scored six points in that stretch for Notre Dame.

The Lady Volunteers tied the game up with under two minutes to play, but jumpers from Hidalgo and Bransford allowed the Irish to take back the advantage. Two free throws from Westbeld with 10 seconds remaining pushed the Irish’s lead to two possessions.

While Notre Dame played without preseason All-ACC selections Olivia Miles (knee) and Sonia Citron (leg), Tennessee was missing preseason All-SEC forward Rickea Jackson (leg) for the fifth straight game.

No. 5 North Carolina State 70, Vanderbilt 62

Saniya Rivers scored 22 points as the Wolfpack beat the Commodores in a sold-out Reynolds Coliseum in Raleigh, N.C., in the ACC/SEC Challenge.

Rivers shot 8-for-14 from the floor, and River Baldwin added her first double-double of the season with 12 points and 10 rebounds as NC State (8-0) remained unbeaten. Jordyn Cambridge paced the Commodores (7-1) with 15 points and five steals, and Sacha Washington added 14 points, seven rebounds and five blocks.

NC State led by as much as 26 points after Zoe Brooks and Aziaha James hit back-to-back 3-pointers and Brooks sank two free throws to open the fourth quarter. Vanderbilt clawed back and trimmed the deficit to eight points with a minute to play but never got any closer.

No. 10 Texas 112, Oral Roberts 74

Taylor Jones had 27 points and 16 rebounds — both career highs — as the Longhorns beat the Golden Eagles in Austin, Texas.

Jones was nearly perfect for Texas (8-0), shooting 11-for-11 from the floor and 5-for-7 from the free-throw line. Also for the Longhorns, Madison Booker scored 17 points and Shaylee Gonzales had 16 points and four assists.

Taleyah Jones led Oral Roberts (4-3) with 23 points while Ruthie Udoumoh had 13 points and eight rebounds.

Texas never trailed and led by as much as 45 points. The Longhorns made only 3 of 8 3-point attempts but shot 61.5 percent overall from the floor.

Miami 74, No. 21 Mississippi State

Lazaria Spearman had a double-double of 11 points and 15 rebounds as the Hurricanes beat the Bulldogs on in Starkville, Miss., in the ACC/SEC Challenge.

Miami (6-0) also got 15 points and nine rebounds from Jasmyne Roberts, 16 points from Lemyah Hylton, and 10 points and six assists from Shayeann Day-Wilson while handing Mississippi State (8-1) its first loss.

The Bulldogs led by as much as nine points but were outscored by Miami in each of the final two quarters. The Hurricanes dominated on the glass, winning the rebounding battle 49-23.

No. 23 Marquette 88, Memphis 59

Liza Karlen had 21 points, nine rebounds and four assists as the Golden Eagles routed the Tigers in Milwaukee.

Marquette (7-0) also got 17 points each from Mackenzie Hare and Rose Nkumu, plus 14 points and six assists from Jordan King. Kai Carter powered Memphis (2-5) with 18 points, and Madison Griggs put up 16 points.

The Tigers led by a point after the first quarter, but the Golden Eagles outscored them 23-6 in the second frame. Marquette led by as much 32 points and shot 62.5 percent (10 of 16) from 3-point range.

No. 25 Princeton 75, Seton Hall 71 (2 OT)

Kaitlyn Chen had 21 points as the Tigers topped the visiting Pirates in double overtime.

Chen made 12 of 15 free throws and also had five rebounds as Princeton (5-2) registered its second win over a major conference opponent. Skye Belker added 18 points for the Tigers, while Parker Hill had four blocks and four steals off the bench.

Micah Gray led Seton Hall (4-3) with 24 points, while Azana Baines added 12 points and 11 rebounds.

Princeton led by five points with 17 seconds left in regulation, but a layup by Baines and a 3-pointer at the buzzer by Gray sent the game into extra frames. Two free throws by Madison St. Rose gave Princeton a two-possession lead in the second overtime.



D’Angelo Russell racked up 35 points and nine assists for Los Angeles while the host Detroit Pistons established a franchise record for futility in the Lakers’ 133-107 victory on Wednesday night.

Anthony Davis powered for 28 points and 16 rebounds while LeBron James contributed 25 points as the Lakers bounced back from a 44-point loss to Philadelphia on Monday.

Detroit has lost 15 straight games, setting a franchise record for the longest losing streak in a single season. The Pistons lost 14 consecutive games during the 1979-80, 93-94 and 2021-22 campaigns.

Cade Cunningham’s 15 points led Detroit. Isaiah Livers had 14 points, while Isaiah Stewart and Ausar Thompson chipped in 12 apiece.

Magic 139, Wizards 120

Franz Wagner scored a season-high 31 points to fuel host Orlando past Washington, the Magic’s eighth straight win.

Wagner made 11 of 14 shots from the floor — including 4 of 6 from 3-point range — for Orlando, which can tie its franchise-record run of nine straight wins (accomplished three times) when the club hosts Washington again on Friday.

Washington’s Kyle Kuzma scored 24 points and Deni Avdija added 15 of his 22 points in the second quarter for the Wizards, who have lost 14 of their last 16 games.

Raptors 112, Suns 105

Scottie Barnes scored 23 points — 12 in the fourth quarter — and Toronto defeated visiting Phoenix to end the Suns’ seven-game winning streak.

Pascal Siakam added 22 points and Jakob Poeltl had 17 for the Raptors, who had lost their two previous games.

Kevin Durant scored 30 points for the Suns after missing two games with a sore right foot. Phoenix’s Jusuf Nurkic had 19 points and 14 rebounds, but Devin Booker was held to eight points on 2-of-12 shooting.

Grizzlies 105, Jazz 91

Jaren Jackson Jr. scored 20 points, David Roddy added 19 and host Memphis snapped a four-game losing streak with a win over Utah.

The Grizzlies overcame an early eight-point deficit and led by as many as 25 points en route to their first home win after losing their first eight in Memphis. Desmond Bane contributed 17 points, nine assists, seven rebounds and three steals as the Grizzlies picked up their fourth win.

John Collins scored 17 points to lead the Jazz. Utah shot only 37.8 percent — compared to Memphis’ 49.4 percent shooting — and had only three players reach double figures in scoring.

Nuggets 134, Rockets 124

Nikola Jokic recorded his seventh triple-double of the season and Michael Porter Jr. scored a season-high 30 points as Denver never trailed in a win over visiting Houston.

Jokic had 32 points, 15 assists and 10 rebounds after being sidelined for one game due to low back pain. Jamal Murray returned after missing 11 games with a strained right hamstring and scored 16 points in 22 minutes as Denver won its third straight game overall and improved to 9-0 at home this season.

Jalen Green led Houston with 26 points and nine assists. Alperen Sengun scored 22 points, Jabari Smith Jr. had 15, Jeff Green added 12 and Dillon Brooks had 11.

Clippers 131, Kings 117

Kawhi Leonard went for a team-high 34 points, James Harden led a 3-point barrage with five en route to 26 points and visiting Los Angeles beat an emotionally drained Sacramento team.

Paul George chipped in with 19 points, Terance Mann 18 and Ivica Zubac 14 for the Clippers, who ran up 72 points while building a 22-point halftime lead before coasting home.

De’Aaron Fox led all scorers with 40 points for the Kings, who celebrated an NBA in-season tournament group win via a one-point thriller over the Golden State Warriors one night earlier.

Pelicans 124, 76ers 114

Zion Williamson scored 33 points and host New Orleans never trailed in a victory against Joel Embiid-less Philadelphia.

CJ McCollum returned from a 12-game absence caused by a collapsed lung to score 20 for the Pelicans. Jonas Valanciunas added 19 points.

Embiid sat out because of an illness two nights after he reached a triple-double in the third quarter of a 138-94 rout of the visiting Los Angeles Lakers. In his absence, Tyrese Maxey scored 33 and De’Anthony Melton had 17.


MIAMI (AP) — Khris Middleton had a thought pop into his head immediately after Milwaukee topped Miami to finish group play in the NBA’s In-Season Tournament with an unbeaten record.

“We’re going to Vegas,” he said.

Maybe. But not yet. Middleton didn’t know he’d skipped one important step — the quarterfinals.

Hey, some people are evidently still learning the tournament format. It gets simple now, though, with the inaugural event down to its final eight teams.

In the Eastern Conference, it’ll be Milwaukee hosting New York on Dec. 5 and Indiana playing host to Boston on Dec. 4; in the Western Conference, it’ll be the Los Angeles Lakers hosting Phoenix on Dec. 5 and Sacramento — thanks to a huge comeback over Golden State — playing host to New Orleans on Dec. 4.

The winners go to Las Vegas for semifinal games on Dec. 7, and those winners play Dec. 9 to be the first team to hoist the NBA Cup and win $500,000 per player, $250,000 for those on two-way deals.

“It’d be pretty cool to be part of history,” Middleton said. “You always want to be the first to win something. It’d definitely be cool to be the first to win the first In-Season Tournament.”

Milwaukee, Indiana, the Lakers and the Kings all made all the guesswork easy; they were the teams that went 4-0 in group play. Everything else came down to tiebreakers.

In the East, Boston, New York, Cleveland, Orlando and Brooklyn all went 3-1 and kept trying to pile up points. Boston outscored the teams in its group by 27 points, compared with a plus-22 differential for Orlando and plus-20 for Brooklyn. That meant the Celtics won East Group C.

“You just know what the reason is,” Nets forward Mikal Bridges said. “It’s trying to make it to Vegas. There’s no harm at all. We know that point differential is another key besides just winning.”

Still, chasing points led to some weirdness in the Celtics’ blowout victory over Chicago on Tuesday.

Boston, up by 32 points with 7:02 left, intentionally fouled Chicago’s Andre Drummond to try and get the ball back and ensure it would win any differential tiebreaker over the Nets and Magic. Bulls coach Billy Donovan didn’t like it, understandably, and seeing Boston’s Payton Pritchard shoot a 3-pointer — it missed — up by 26 with 10.8 seconds remaining was something out of the ordinary as well.

“I had to explain to him, ‘This is what our people are telling us, this is what we have to do, this is the process towards protecting our lead,’” Celtics coach Joe Mazzulla said of his in-game conversation with Donovan. “It gives us the best chance to win and advance.”

New York got the East wild card on point differential over the Cavaliers, Magic and Nets.

“I understand the concept,” Knicks guard Josh Hart said. “But it’s weird.”

Here’s more weirdness: All the quarterfinal matchups will be between teams that are now assured of playing each other five times in this regular season — something that hasn’t happened in the league since 2003-04, when Miami and New Jersey had five meetings.

The West race didn’t end up with quite as much drama as the East had with the down-to-the-wire differential chasing. Phoenix (3-1) got the wild card over Minnesota (3-1) because of point differential — the Suns outscored opponents by 34 points, the Timberwolves finished with a differential of zero.

Golden State needed to beat Sacramento by 12 points to win West Group C; the Warriors led by 24 in the first half and by 18 midway through the third quarter, but the Kings roared back to end Golden State’s tournament hopes with a 124-123 win.

The 22 teams that didn’t make the quarterfinals will play regular-season games on Dec. 6 and Dec. 8 to fill out the two remaining spots on their 82-game schedule. The teams that lose in the quarterfinals will play a to-be-added regular-season game against each other, East vs. East and West vs. West. The semifinal games count as regular-season games as well — and the championship game will not count in the standings.

“Love it. I wish I had an opportunity to be still playing for going to Vegas and the opportunity to play for something in the inaugural year and winning it,” Heat guard Kyle Lowry said. “But, you know, I think it’s just going to be a really good thing.”

And no matter who wins in Vegas, every team still has a chance at the big prize — the NBA title.

“We still have a marathon to run,” Lowry said. “That was a sprint.”



Jimmy Vesey scored the tiebreaking goal with 4:15 remaining in the third period and the host New York Rangers avoided consecutive losses for the first time this season by rallying for a 3-2 victory over the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday night.

In a game where they saw 25 shots get blocked and 18 other attempts miss the net, the Rangers bounced back from their most lopsided loss through their first 20 games (5-1 to the Buffalo Sabres on Monday) by capitalizing on a fortuitous bounce.

After killing off a penalty to Alexis Lafreniere, the Rangers moved the puck into their offensive zone. Lafreniere got a pass from Vincent Trocheck, and Vesey scored his fifth goal by backhanding the rebound into the net as the puck bounced over Detroit goaltender Ville Husso.

The Red Wings challenged for a possible high stick, but Vesey’s tally was upheld following a brief consultation with replay officials in Toronto.

Capitals 2, Kings 1

Charlie Lindgren made 38 saves, including 15 in the third period, to help visiting Washington end Los Angeles’ five-game winning streak.

Anthony Mantha and Connor McMichael each had a goal and an assist for the Capitals, who had lost two in a row. Aliaksei Protas had two assists.

Arthur Kaliyev scored for the Kings and Cam Talbot made 13 saves. Anze Kopitar appeared to tie the game 2-2 at 11:10 of the third period but was ruled offside entering the zone after review.

Canadiens 4, Blue Jackets 2

Joel Armia’s tip-in goal at 17:03 of the third period broke a tie and helped give Montreal a victory at Columbus.

Alex Newhook, Cole Caufield and Gustav Lindstrom also scored for the Canadiens. Mike Matheson had two assists as Montreal earned its third win in the past four games, all on the road. Sam Montembeault stopped 26 of 28 shots.

Patrik Laine and Yegor Chinakhov scored for the Blue Jackets. Elvis Merzlikins registered 27 saves.



The Cincinnati Reds and veteran reliever Emilio Pagán agreed to a two-year, $16-million contract, pending a physical, sources told The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal.

The right-hander spent the past two seasons with the Minnesota Twins. Pagán enjoyed a strong season in 2023, posting a 5-2 record with a 2.99 ERA and 65 strikeouts across 69 1/3 innings.

The 32-year-old has also made stops in Seattle, Oakland, Tampa Bay, and San Diego during his seven-year career. Pagán owns a lifetime 3.71 ERA with a 10.3 K/9 in 369 appearances.

Pagán will give Reds manager David Bell a proven option in high-leverage situations and a possible setup man to All-Star closer Alexis Díaz.


Right-hander Luis Severino is moving across town after agreeing to a one-year, $13 million deal with the New York Mets on Wednesday, according to multiple reports.

Severino spent eight seasons with the New York Yankees. He is a two-time All-Star.

Severino, 29, was just 4-8 with a 6.65 ERA in 19 appearances (18 starts) last season. He served up 113 hits in 89 1/3 innings and struck out 79.

Severino struck out 230 and 220 in back-to-back seasons when he was an All-Star in 2017-18. He went 33-14 during the span, including a career-best 19-8 ledger in 2018.

But he ran into a slew of injuries and made just seven appearances from 2019-21. He underwent Tommy John surgery and missed the entire 2020 season and most of 2021.

In 2022, he went 7-3 with a 3.18 ERA in 19 starts but regressed last season when he dealt with lat and oblique injuries.

Overall, Severino is 54-37 with a 3.79 ERA in 141 career appearances (125 starts).



NASCAR announced a new media rights deal with multiple partners on Wednesday, and the seven-year package is valued at $7.7 billion, according to Sports Business Journal.

NBC, Fox, Amazon and Warner Bros. Discovery will be NASCAR’s media partners from 2025-31, joining CW, which previously announced a $1.1 billion deal for seven years of NASCAR Xfinity Series coverage.

Per Sports Business Journal, the new package represents a 40 percent rise over the rates of NASCAR’s existing media contracts.

NASCAR confirmed the agreements, without disclosing dollar figures, on Wednesday in Nashville.

“We are super excited about what 2025 is going to bring to us … which is a combination of obviously broadcast, cable and streaming,” NASCAR president Steve Phelps said. “We want to meet race fans where they are or potential race fans where they are. We think this group does exactly that for us, so we couldn’t be happier to have them on board.”

NBC and Fox will each air 14 NASCAR Cup Series races annually, with NBC showing the entire playoff run. Amazon and TNT Sports, a division of Warner Bros. Discovery, will each telecast five races, and those two outlets will share all telecasts of the full season’s worth of practice and qualifying sessions except for the Busch Light Clash, Daytona 500 and NASCAR All-Star Race, all of which will be on Fox.

Jay Marine, Amazon’s Prime Video vice president and global head of sports, said, “It’s been fantastic to get to this point, it’s really the starting line and I can’t wait for 2025 to get here. In terms of why NASCAR for Amazon, what we really look for are premium tier 1 sports that can move the needle for Prime and NASCAR fits that. A sport that has a passionate fan base, a large fan base where the sport is must-see for them. That is extremely valuable.”

NASCAR senior vice president, media and productions Brian Herbst said, “These agreements not only show NASCAR’s importance to the sports and entertainment ecosystem, but also the willingness of some of the world’s largest and most respected media companies to make significant investments in America’s leading motorsport.

“The media landscape is rapidly evolving, with new distribution platforms providing more options to the consumer than ever before. This is the right mix of media partners to promote and deliver content around our sport — positioning NASCAR for growth across different mediums and giving our fans uninterrupted access on the established platforms that they are already using.”




After suffering a heartbreaking loss to the Portland Trail Blazers at Gainbridge Fieldhouse Monday night, the Indiana Pacers (9-7) will look to bounce back when they travel to Miami for a pair of matchups against the Heat.

In Monday night’s defeat, Tyrese Haliburton racked up 33 points in recording his fifth 30+ point game of the season. The All-Star guard is averaging a league-leading 11.2 assists per game and nearly recorded his 13th double-double of the season against Portland after dishing out a team-high nine assists.

Buddy Hield has contributed significant minutes since being inserted into the starting lineup for the last four games, averaging 20.5 points in the string of consecutive starts on the strength of 61.2 percent (30-of-49) shooting from the floor.

In addition, Myles Turner is averaging a team-leading 7.6 rebounds per game and a top-10 league ranked 2.2 blocks per game.

Despite the recent defeat, Indiana has continued to deliver league bests on the offensive end of the court. The Blue and Gold has been consistently leading the pack in points per game (127.6 ppg), field goal percentage (50.3 percent) and assists per game (30.1 apg), while also being able to maintain possession by allowing the least number of opponent steals (6.2 spg).

On the other end of the court, however, Indiana has had problems, allowing opponents an average of 124.8 points per game — the most points allowed in the league.

The first two contests of this season’s three-game series are fit to be close calls with the sixth-ranked Pacers and seventh-ranked Heat (10-8) facing off in consecutive matchups. Additionally, all four matchups between Indiana and Miami in the 2022-23 season were decided by five points or less.

Miami enters the contest on a three-game losing streak following a close 131-124 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks, who the Pacers defeated 126-124 at home on November 9. With the loss, the Heat finished off Group Play of the In-Season Tournament 2-2 and failed to advance to the Quarterfinals.

Center Bam Adebayo led the team against the Bucks in his second 30+ point game of the season as he recorded a season-high 31 points and 10 rebounds. Defending Adebayo will be a tall task for Indiana as he has scored at least 20 points in 13 of his 15 games this season, including currently 10-straight.

With Tyler Herro and Jimmy Butler out due to injury, Duncan Robinson, Jaime Jaquez Jr. and Josh Richardson have found increased roles. Robinson is contributing an average of 14.4 points per contest while Richardson is adding 9.6 points per contest. Rookie Jaquez is averaging 11.3 points per game and has scored in double-figures in five straight matchups.

Projected Starters

Pacers: G – Tyrese Haliburton, G – Bruce Brown, F – Buddy Hield, F – Obi Toppin, C – Myles Turner

Heat: G – Kyle Lowry, G – Josh Richardson, F – Duncan Robinson, F – Kevin Love, C – Bam Adebayo

Injury Report

Pacers: Jalen Smith – out (left knee bone bruise/left heel contusion)

Heat: TBA

Last Meeting

Feb. 8, 2023: Indiana and Miami finished off their 2022-23 season series tied 2-2 when the Pacers fell to the Heat on the road, 116-111, in their most recent meeting.

Indiana eliminated a 16-point deficit in the first quarter and led Miami, 63-60, at the halftime break. The game continued to remain close, and Indiana succeeded in making it a one possession game with 10 seconds remaining in the game. However, four completed free throws by Bam Adebayo sealed the victory for the Heat.

The Pacers shot 60 percent in the first half but shot just 36.8 percent in the second half.

Buddy Hield shined in the matchup as he notched 29 points and netted six 3-pointers. T.J. McConnell also finished with 18 points after scoring 16 points in the first half on 7-of-9 shooting from the floor. Myles Turner and Tyrese Haliburton both added double-doubles, with Turner recording 21 points and 10 rebounds and Haliburton contributing 11 points and 10 assists.

Indiana was outrebounded, 48-31, and outscored in the paint, 52-42.

Adebayo was the leading scorer for Miami with 38 points, while Jimmy Butler recorded 25 points and a team-high seven assists.


The Pacers are 72-55 all-time versus the Heat during the regular season, including 23-41 when playing in Miami.

The 2022-23 series with Miami consisted of four close games, with Indiana’s biggest loss being by five points and their biggest win being by three points.

With a victory over the Heat, Rick Carlisle would earn his 251st win with the Blue and Gold and surpass Frank Vogel (250) for most head coaching wins in Pacers NBA franchise history.

Buddy Hield needs six 3-pointers to pass Peja Stojakovic (1,760) for 26th place in the NBA rankings for most career 3-point field goals.

Indiana currently has eight players who are averaging 10 or more points per game: Tyrese Haliburton (25.9 ppg), Myles Turner (16.8 ppg), Buddy Hield (13.6 ppg), Bennedict Mathurin (12.9 ppg), Obi Toppin (11.8 ppg), Bruce Brown (11.4 ppg), Aaron Nesmith (10.5 ppg) and Jalen Smith (10.0 ppg). The Pacers are 8-1 this season when six or more players contribute double figures to the scoring column.

Broadcast Information (TV and Radio Listings >>)

TV: Bally Sports Indiana – Chris Denari (play-by-play), Quinn Buckner (analyst), Jeremiah Johnson (sideline reporter/host)

Radio: 93.5/107.5 The Fan – Mark Boyle (play-by-play), Eddie Gill (analyst), Pat Boylan (sideline reporter/host)


The Pacers will host the Boston Celtics at Gainbridge Fieldhouse for the first-even In-Season Tournament Quarterfinal game on Monday, Dec. 4 at 7:30 PM ET.



INDIANAPOLIS– The Fuel hosted the Wheeling Nailers on Wednesday night, looking for their first set of consecutive wins this season. With a 3-2 win, in regulation, the Fuel collected two points and will head into the weekend on a roll.


At 1:33, Jon Martin took the game’s first penalty with a tripping call. Wheeling capitalized just 11 seconds later with a goal from Cédric Desruisseaux. 

The next goal didn’t come until 18:35 but until then the score sheet was full with penalties as Thimo Nickl took a high sticking penalty at 5:26, followed by offsetting five minute major penalties for Chris Cameron and Matthew Quercia. 

Wheeling’s Tanner Laderoute took an interference penalty at 9:22 quickly followed by another high sticking call on Cam Hillis at 9:31. 

As things got chippier between the two teams, Cameron took a cross-checking penalty at 14:02. 

Finally, Kyle Maksimovich scored at 18:35 to tie the game 1-1. 

Andrew Bellant and Santino Centorame both claimed assists on that goal. 25 seconds later, Centorame took a penalty for slashing. 42 seconds later, Seamus Malone took a cross-checking penalty to force a 5-on-3 opportunity for Wheeling.

Bryan Lemos scored for Indy with three seconds to go in the period, while killing two penalties, to take a lead before the period ended. 


The Fuel began the period still down 5-on-3 however were able to kill off both penalties. 

At 4:39, Jon Martin took another tripping penalty quickly followed by a penalty on Wheeling’s Lukas Svejkovsky for hooking. 

Indy was issued a too many men penalty at 8:57 that Matus Spodniak sat for. 

At 9:11 of the second frame, Wheeling tied the game again with a power play goal by David Jankowski. 

At 9:48, Justin Lee took a high sticking penalty giving the Fuel some time on the power play which Indy capitalized on with a goal by Jon Martin assisted by Seamus Malone and Cam Hillis. 

Nickl took a tripping penalty at 14:04 to give the Fuel another power play opportunity. At 17:45, Svejkovsky took a hooking penalty but the Nailers killed off the penalty before the period ended. 

At the end of two, Indy was outshooting Wheeling 21-17.


At 3:55, Davis Bunz took a penalty for hooking giving the Fuel another power play opportunity. The Nailers killed off that penalty before taking another at 10:37, a roughing call on Quercia.

As time ticked down, both teams had a few quality shot opportunities however no one else scored or took a penalty. The Fuel ultimately claimed the 3-2 victory. 

The Indy Fuel are back in action at Indiana Farmers Coliseum on December 2, 2023 for Yellowstone Night against the Wheeling Nailers.



BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The Battle 4 Atlantis announced the Indiana men’s basketball program will compete in the 2024 field during Thanksgiving week, the 13th year of elite collegiate tournament play.

Indiana will be joined by Arizona, Creighton, Davidson, Gonzaga, Louisville, Oklahoma, and West Virginia in the three-day event played at the Imperial Arena, a grand ballroom transformed into a truly unique basketball venue. Games are televised on ESPN networks throughout the tournament. All games will be played between Nov. 27-29.

Tickets, room reservations, and further information about the Battle 4 Atlantis can be found here in early 2024.

The complete schedule for the event will be announced at a later date.

2024 Battle 4 Atlantis Field








West Virginia



WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The nation’s top freshman in multiple categories, as well as one of the overall leaders in solo tackles and interceptions, it came as no surprise that Purdue defensive back Dillon Thieneman was named the Big Ten Conference’s 2023 Thompson-Randle El Freshman of the Year.

Following a historic debut season, Thieneman became the seventh Boilermaker to be named B1G Freshman of the Year (Brian Fox – 1988, Eric Hunter – 1989, Corey Rogers – 1991, Stuart Schweigert – 2000, Rondale Moore – 2018, David Bell – 2019), including the third Purdue player in the last six seasons. The Purdue freshman was the conference’s 11th defensive player to win the award as well as the fifth defensive back alongside fellow Boilermaker Schweigert (2000), Charles Woodson (Michigan – 1995), Jabrill Peppers (Michigan – 2015) and Brandon Joseph (Northwestern – 2000).

Right from the start of the 2023 campaign, Thieneman led the Purdue defense all season long and emerged as one of the best defensive players in the country. The Westfield, Indiana, native ranks second nationally in interceptions (6) and third in solo tackles (74), both new Purdue freshman records and more than any other freshman in the country. Thieneman also paces the nation’s freshmen in total tackles (106) and forced fumbles (2). His six interceptions are double the nearest competition, as four freshmen around the country have three INTs apiece. 

Ending his first season as a Boilermaker, Thieneman went out with a bang by breaking a pair of school records. The defensive back made a pair of interceptions in the first half against Indiana, bringing his season total to six to surpass Schweigert’s freshman record of five for a single season. Thieneman became just the eighth Boilermaker to record six interceptions in a season, the first since Ricardo Allen in 2013.

Along with his pair of picks, Thieneman recorded a team-high eight tackles to lead the Purdue defense in stopping the Hoosiers. All of his tackles were solo, as he broke College Football Hall of Famer Rod Woodson’s Purdue freshman record of solo tackles in a single season. Woodson ended his 1983 freshman campaign with 67 solo tackles, while Thieneman registered 74 this season.

Thieneman was the only Big Ten freshman defender to make one of the three all-league teams, earning Second Team All-B1G honors from the coaches and third team accolades from the media. He was a five-time Big Ten Freshman of the Week honoree throughout the 2023 season, becoming the first defender in conference history to win any weekly award five times in a single season. The Purdue defensive back joined a list of only seven other Big Ten players (six quarterbacks, one running back) to win at least five weekly accolades in a single season and the first Boilermaker to win a weekly conference award five times. Drew Brees (Offense – 2000), Travis Dorsch (Special Teams – 2001), Kyle Orton (Offense – 2004), Rondale Moore (Freshman – 2018) and David Bell (Freshman – 2019) collected Big Ten weekly honors four times in a season, tying for Purdue’s previous best.

A consensus Midseason Freshman All-American and a semifinalist for the Shaun Alexander Freshman of the Year Award, Thieneman led the Boilermakers with 106 tackles to rank fifth in the country to go along with a league-best 74 solo tackles. He was Purdue’s leading tackler in eight different games, cracking double figures four times. Thieneman became the first Purdue freshman to record multiple double-digit tackle games since Ja’Whaun Bentley (New England Patriots) in 2014.

On the other side of the ball, six Boilermakers earned all-league recognition. Deion Burks was named Second Team All-B1G by the conference’s coaches, while Hudson Card, Gus Hartwig, Marcus Mbow, Devin Mockobee and Tyrone Tracy Jr. received honorable mention.

Burks led Purdue in receptions (47), receiving yards (629) and touchdowns (7). His seven receiving touchdowns ranked fourth in the conference.

In his first season as Purdue’s starting quarterback, Card led the Purdue offense by throwing for 2,387 yards and 15 touchdowns to go along with 203 yards and five touchdowns on the ground. The Texas transfer ranked third in the Big Ten in passing yards per game and completions per game. Against Syracuse, Card went 32-for-46 for 323 yards and a touchdown to set personal bests in completions, attempts and yards. Perhaps his best game was the season finale, leading the Boilermakers to a win over Indiana. In the Old Oaken Bucket Game, Card recorded 360 yards of offense (275 passing, 85 rushing) and four touchdowns (three passing, one rushing) to become the first quarterback since Drew Brees (2000) to pass for at least 275 yards and rush for at least 85 yards in the same game.

Hartwig and Mbow earned honorable mention recognition for anchoring an offensive line that paved the way for the Big Ten’s best rushing offense in conference games (184.6 ypg). A team captain and starting center for the past three seasons, Hartwig returned from a 2022 season-ending injury to start the final nine games of the 2023 campaign. Mbow started the first six games of 2023 before an injury at Iowa (Oct. 7) ended his season early.

Despite sharing the workload in the backfield, Mockobee and Tracy were two of the best running backs in the Big Ten this season. The pair of Boilermakers were the only teammates in the Big Ten to rush for at least 500 yards in conference play. Mockobee racked up 625 yards in B1G games, while Tracy was close behind with 624 to rank fourth and sixth respectively.

For the overall season, Mockobee rushed for a team-high 811 yards to go along with sixth touchdowns. Tracy added 716 yards on the ground, while leading the team in touchdowns (eight rushing, one kickoff return) and pacing the Big Ten in all-purpose yards in conference games (127.4 ypg). With Mockobee and Tracy over 500 yards on the season, it marked the first time since 2018 that Purdue has had a pair of running backs crack that total in the same year.

In his final season as a Boilermaker, offensive lineman Daniel Johnson earned a Big Ten Sportsmanship Award for his demeanor on the field. Johnson was another important piece to the Purdue offensive line, appearing in five games despite battling injuries throughout the year.

With Wednesday’s announcement, the Big Ten Conference completed its release of season accolades. Defense and special team All-B1G honorees were announced on Tuesday (Nov. 28).

Thompson-Randle El Freshman of the Year

Dillon Thieneman

Thieneman by the Numbers

6 Interceptions (National Rank: 2nd, Freshman Rank: 1st, Purdue Freshman Record)

74 Solo Tackles (National Rank: 3rd, Freshman Rank: 1st, Purdue Freshman Record)

106 Tackles (National Rank: 29th, Freshman Rank: 1st)

Forced Fumbles (Freshman Rank: 1st)

Thieneman Accolades

Shaun Alexander Freshman of the Year Semifinalist

Consensus Midseason Freshman All-America

5-time B1G Freshman of the Week (Only B1G defender in league history, Purdue record)

Big Ten Freshman of the Year (Boilermakers All-Time)

1988 – Brian Fox (QB)

1989 – Eric Hunter (QB)

1991 – Corey Rogers (TB)

2000 – Stuart Schweigert (DB)

2018 – Rondale Moore (WR)

2019 – David Bell (WR)

2023 – Dillon Thieneman (DB)

All-Big Ten Boilermakers (Offense)

Deion Burks – Second Team (Coaches), Honorable Mention (Media)

Hudson Card – Honorable Mention (Media)

Gus Hartwig – Honorable Mention (Coaches, Media)

Marcus Mbow – Honorable Mention (Media)

Devin Mockobee – Honorable Mention (Coaches, Media)

Tyrone Tracy Jr. – Honorable Mention (Coaches, Media)

Big Ten Sportsmanship Award

Daniel Johnson



WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The No. 3-seeded Purdue volleyball squad (21-8, 15-5 Big Ten) is set to begin its NCAA tournament journey in the friendly confines of Holloway Gymnasium tomorrow, when the team takes on the Fairfield Stags (22-6, 16-2 MAAC) in the First Round. The match, which will be streamed on ESPN+, starts at 7 p.m. ET.

Purdue and Fairfield will meet following the 4:30 p.m. ET match between No. 6 seeded Marquette and Eastern Illinois. Should the match run long, Purdue vs. Fairfield will begin a minimum of 30 minutes following the conclusion of the previous match. The winners of both First Round showdowns will meet Friday at 7 p.m. ET in the Second Round.


• The Boilermakers have earned an NCAA tournament bid for the past nine straight years.

• Dave Shondell has led Purdue to the tournament 18 times in his 21 years of coaching and owns a 30-16 record in the Big Dance (65%).

• Purdue made back-to-back Regional Final berths in 2020 and 2021.

• Purdue NCAA Tournament Record: 35-24 (.593%)

• Number of Second Round Appearances: 22

• Number of Regional Semifinal Appearances: 15

• Regional Semifinals record under Shondell: 4-6 (Last: 2021)

• Number of Regional Finals Appearances: 5 (1982, 2010, 2013, 2020, 2021)

• Purdue has advanced to the second round all but two times in program history (1990 and 1984).


• Purdue closed the regular season third in the Big Ten standings.

• The Boilermakers enter postseason on a 7-match winning streak and 11-2 over the last 13 matches.

• The Boilermakers have risen to their highest rankings this season at T-#12 in the AVCA/Taraflex poll and rank #12 in the RPI.

• The team had a season stretch where 8 of 12 matches came vs. an opponent ranked or receiving votes and went 7-1 in those matches.

• Purdue was named NCAA Team of the Week following its victory vs. #3 Wisconsin and vs. Maryland.

• Maddie Schermerhorn led the Big Ten with 4.49 digs per set and Raven Colvin led the league with 157 total blocks.

• Meanwhile, Eva Hudson and Chloe Chicoine are the most efficient offensive duo in the conference, ranking in the top-8 in both kills per set and points per set.


• The match vs. Purdue will be Fairfield’s first battle against a ranked opponent this year.

• The Stags are coming off of a 2023 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championship title after winning 3-1 against the defending champions Quinnipiac, which gave them an automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament for the 13th time in the school’s history, and named sophomore middle blocker, Maya Walker, the tournament MVP.

• Mikayla Haut led the Stags in kills this season with 259 kills total, with Allie Elliott not far behind at 241 kills respectively.

• Walker was second in the MAAC in both hitting percentage at .358 and blocks with 1.11 per game.

• Fairfield led the MAAC in both points and hitting percentage (.217), and was second in assists, kills, blocks, and digs.


• Purdue finished the season ranked third in the Big Ten.

• The team ranks first in total digs (1,674) and opponent attack errors (457). Meanwhile, they rank among the top-4 in seven categories.

• Five Boilermakers rank among the league’s top-10 in at least one category: Maddie Schermerhorn (#1 with 4.49 digs per set), Raven Colvin (#2 with 157 total blocks), Taylor Anderson (#4 with 9.75 assists per set), Eva Hudson (#3 in kills with 505 and #4 with 4.39 points per set) and Chloe Chicoine (#8 with 4.24 points per set and #5 with 438 kills).



GREENSBORO, N.C. — Several Olympic hopefuls will head to North Carolina this weekend for the 2023 U.S. Open. Nine Irish will have the opportunity to swim among them. A few Notre Dame swimmers have their eyes set on Paris as well.

On the women’s side, Grace Brenneman and Sophia Karras will be representing the Irish. Brenneman broke the school record in the women’s LCM 50 free with a time of 25.97 last weekend at the Ohio State Fall Invitational. She also posted two best times this season in yards — 50 free (23.11) and 100 free (50.14). She’ll look to lower that school record even more this weekend.

Karras is a distance specialist and posted two top-10 finishes last weekend; she took sixth in the 1000 free (9:59.44) and ninth in the 1650 free (16:42.56). She will swim the 800 and 1500 free this weekend. The Long Island native is seeded 33rd in the 800 and 17th in the 1500.

Seven of Notre Dame’s male swimmers are headed to Greensboro as well.

Chris Guiliano, a two-time ACC Swimmer of the Week this year and last year’s ACC champion in the 200 free, hopes to sneak onto the team headed to Paris this summer. He has Olympic Trials in front of him, but the U.S. Open will serve as a warm up. Guiliano is the No. 10 seed in the 50 free (21.96), No. 6 seed in the 100 free (47.98) and No. 49 seed in the 200 free (1:49.59).

Like Guiliano, Abdelrahman El-Araby has a lengthy list of collegiate accomplishments. He’s hoping to add Egyptian Olympian to the list. He will swim the 50 and 100 free plus the 100 fly in Greensboro, but he’s heavily focused on notching the qualifying time for his home country in the 50. El-Araby finished fourth in the 50 last weekend with a prelim time of 22.65 and a finals time of 19.45. The latter ranks fourth in Notre Dame history.

Fifth-year Cason Wilburn is slated to swim the same events as El-Araby, but his greatest shot at making a splash is in the 100 fly. Wilburn is seeded 35th with a time of 53.40 and finished fourth in the event last weekend (53.64 prelims/46.32 finals).

Luka Cvetko, a graduate transfer to Notre Dame this year, rounds out the sprint freestyle group this weekend. He will compete unattached in the 50 and 100 free.

Backstrokers Tanner Filion and Kaden Smesko have already come up big for Notre Dame in dual meets this year. Filion holds the Division III 200 back record and narrowly missed a best time last weekend. His best time in an Irish cap is now 1:42.21, which ranks fifth in program history. He is entered in the 100 and 200 back with his yards best times.

Smesko went 1:43.77 in the 200 back at Ohio State, a personal best time. He sits just outside of top-10 all-time at Notre Dame. Smesko is only entered in the 100 back in Greensboro at this time.

Finally, William Wheeler is headed to Greensboro as Notre Dame’s lone breaststroker. The freshman will swim the 100 and 200. He is seeded 82nd and 65th, respectively.

Wednesday’s competition will begin at 6 p.m. ET with the 800 free. Thursday through Saturday prelims will begin at 9 a.m. ET



SOUTH BEND, Ind. – The University of Notre Dame hockey team returns to conference play as they host Big Ten rival Michigan for a pair of games to open the final month of the calendar year, December 1-2. Puck drop Friday is set for 7:35 p.m. followed by a 6:05 p.m. start Saturday to close out the first half of the season at home.

Saturday’s contest will serve as the annual teddy bear toss with fans encouraged to bring new toys to donate to local charities with a post-game toss on the ice.

New this season, fans can view line charts for home games online at fightingirish.com/HKYLineCharts. Lines will be posted online approximately 90 minutes before puck drop (timing subject to change).


Opponent: Michigan Wolverines

Location: South Bend, Ind.| Compton Family Ice Arena

Schedule: Fri. 7:35 p.m. | Sat. 6:05 p.m.

TV: Peacock

Live Stats: FightingIrish.com

Radio: fightingirish.com/radioaffiliates/

Game Notes: Notre Dame | Michigan


The Irish boast a 7-5-2 record and are 3-1-2 thus far in Big Ten Conference play.

In their most recent Big Ten outing, the Irish split on the road at then-No. 6/6 Minnesota, including Coach Jackson’s 399th win behind the Notre Dame bench. The team’s next win will mark No. 400 for Jackson, Paul Pooley and Andy Slaggert as a coaching trio.

Most recently, the Irish hosted Boston College for the 49th edition of the Holy War on Ice, Nov. 24. The Irish fell to the No. 2/1 Eagles at home to close out November.

The team’s leading scorer, Landon Slaggert, tallied the lone goal in the loss to the Eagles.

With his shutout Saturday against OSU, Bischel now leads the country with three this season and he now owns 10 career blankings, becoming just the sixth Irish netminder to record double-digits and first since Cale Morris.

Two Irish skaters recorded their first goals with the program against Ohio State with Patrick Moynihan and Cole Knuble each finding the back of the net Saturday for their first goals in an Irish sweater.

Notre Dame opened Big Ten Conference play at Penn State at the start of November, earning three points on the weekend between a pair of shootouts inside Pegula Ice Arena.

Maddox Fleming net his first career goal against the Nittany Lions, scoring the equalizer late in the third period night one to force overtime and the eventual shootout.

The Irish closed out their first month of contests with a weekend sweep over Mercyhurst, Oct. 26-27.

Despite trailing to start the third period against the Lakers, the Irish came back to notch the overtime game winner off the stick of Landon Slaggert night one before storming off to a 5-0 win the following night.

With four goals against Mercyhurst, including two each night and the game-winner night one, Landon Slaggert led the nation in goal scoring last weekend and was named Big Ten Third Star of the Week for his performance.

Two Irish rookies recorded first career goals when Paul Fischer and Brennan Ali helped lift the Irish to their 5-0 victory Friday night against the Lakers.

The Irish opened their season with a split against Clarkson inside Compton Family Ice Arena.

The first line chart of the season featured nine new faces while all 10 appeared on the ice at some point last weekend.

The new talent made an immediate impact on the Irish team with five 2023-24 additions recording their first points in an Irish sweater over the weekend.

Two Irish rookies net their first collegite goals on the weekend with Jayden Davis and Danny Nelson each finding the back of the net in Sunday night’s win.

Davis’ goal came off his first shot on goal in his NCAA debut. The goal in the second period proved to be the eventual game-winner.

With his first win of the season, Ryan Bischel picked up his eighth career shutout behind the 3-0 victory. He stopped all 22 shots faced in the contest to improve his season save percentage to .957 through two games played.

The Irish return 19 letterwinners from the 2022-23 season this year, including 2023 Big Ten Conference Goaltender of the Year, Ryan Bischel.

Classmate Trevor Janicke also returned for his fifth season with the Irish, serving as alternate captain for the second time in 2023-24.

Of those letterwinners returning, 17 saw game action last season while five appeared in all 37 games played for the Irish a season ago.

The veteran leadership consists of four graduate seniors, including new additions to the team in Patrick Moynihan (forward; Providence) and Ryan Siedem (defenseman; Harvard), and eight seniors

Ten new faces join the team this season, including eight freshmen. The new contributors consist of seven forwards and three defensemen. 


In 161 all-time meetings between the Irish and the Wolverines, Notre Dame trails 71-84-6. On home ice however, the Irish hold the slight edge with a 32-31-2 record against the Wolverines in Indiana.

Last season 60 minutes was not enough for the majority of tilts between the two teams, with three of their four meetings going to overtime or a shootout. The Irish reigned victorious in all three instances with two overtime victories and a shootout win.

In their last meeting at Compton Family Ice Arena, Tyler Carpenter and Grant Silianoff scored to defeat the Wolverines, including Silianoff’s overtime winner to pick up the weekend split.

Two current Irish icers registered a team-best four points against the Wolverines last season, including Drew Bavaro’s two-goal night to lift Notre Dame to the 2-1 overtime win at Yost Ice Arena and secure home ice in the 2023 Big Ten Playoffs. Trevor Janicke’s four assists spanned over three games and his two assists on Bavaro’s goals helped the Irish clinch the final point needed in the Big Ten standings.

Niko Jovanovic made his collegiate debut against Michigan last November, picking up an assist for his first career point at Notre Dame.


The University of Notre Dame, in conjunction with The Odyssey Trust, announced the Irish would participate in the 2024 rendtion of the Friendship Four men’s college ice hockey tournament.

The annual tournament is set to be played in Belfast, Ireland, next November (2024) with the Irish joining Harvard, Merrimack and Boston University as participants competing for the coveted Belpot Trophy.

The tournament was last played in 2022 with Quinnipiac reigning victorious that fall before winning the national championship at the conclusion of the 2022-23 season.

The tournament first began in 2015 and is designed to promote education, social welfare, and community interation.

Over the course of six previous tournaments, 24 games have been played dating back to the inagural games in 2015.

Northern Ireland remains the only destination outside of the United States to host consequential NCAA Divison I ice hockey games.


The 2022-23 Big Ten Goaltender of the Year was one of two unanimous selections for 2023-24 Preseason All-Big Ten Teams. He was selected to the All-Big Ten First Team ahead of the coming season. Bischel was also a Mike Richter Award semifinalist and a Hobey Baker nominee a season ago.

Drew Bavaro made an immediate impact at the blueline last season after joining the Irish and will look to continue that success this season as a senior. He was selected to the All-Big Ten Second Team for the preseason. Landon Slaggert also picked up preseason honors from the Big Ten when he was named an Honorable Mention heading into the season.

Following his performance against Mercyhurst, which included a nation’s best four goals on the weekend, Landon Slaggert was named the Big Ten’s Third Star of the Week October 31.

Two Irish were recognized for their play in the weekend sweep of Ohio State to open conference play at home. Bischel picked up First Star of the Week honors with a .984 save percentage in two games played. The graduate netminder stopped 60 of 61 shots faced and earned his 10th career shutout. With his third blanking of the season, Bischel leads the nation in blankings.

Landon Slaggert also picked up conference honors following the weekend against OSU, being tabbed Third Star of the Week by the Big Ten behind a goal and three assists.


The 2023-24 Notre Dame roster features quite a few family connections to the program and hockey world.

Three sets of brothers are currently on the roster, including Justin and Trevor Janicke, Landon and Carter Slaggert, and Henry and Danny Nelson.

With the addition of the Nelsons this season, the Irish have had 17 sets of brothers lace up their skates together for the Irish.

Carter Slaggert also joins the Irish in 2023-24, becoming the third Slaggert brother to appear in a game for the Irish and joins his older brother Landon, who is a senior. Oldest brother Graham currently plays in the Buffalo Sabres organization and skated two years alongside Landon before graduating.

Senior forward Brady Bjork is the younger brother of former Irish All-American and current Chicago Blackhawk Anders Bjork.

Brady’s father, Kirt, played for the Irish from 1979-83 where he appeared in 141 and tallied 161 career points (76-85). When older brother Anders played for the Irish, they became the fourth set of father-son combinations within Notre Dame hockey.

The Slaggerts are part of the fifth set of father-son combinations to suit up for the Irish, joining their father and associate head coach Andy Slaggert.

Justin and Trevor Janicke are the sons of Curtis Janicke, who played for the Irish from 1989-93, appearing in 125 games while scoring 46 goals and adding 98 assists for 144 points.

Justin, Trevor and Curtis represent the sixth father-son duo to play for the Irish.

Freshman Paul Fischer is the nephew of Mike Gearan, a member of the first varsity hockey team at Notre Dame. Fischer will honor his uncle by wearing his number during his career with the Irish, No. 16.

Freshman forward Cole Knuble is the son of former NHLer Mike Knuble, who spent 16 seasons in the NHL, including stints with Detroit, New York Rangers, Boston, Philadelphia and Washington. Cole was recently drafted by the Flyers’ organization where his father played during his early childhood. He will wear No. 22 with the Irish to honor his father.

Four current Irish skaters have siblings playing at the collegiate level, away from South Bend.

Cole Knuble’s brother, Cam, is a senior at Western Michigan University.

Ryan Siedem’s brother is a freshman at the University of New Hampshire.

Jayden Davis’ brother Matthew is a junior on the Denver Pioneers’ hockey team.

Maddox Fleming’s sister Delaney is a freshman on the Ohio State University women’s hockey team.


The 2023-24 roster features nine NHL draftees, including Jake Boltmann (CGY ‘20), Justin Janicke (SEA ‘21), Danny Nelson (NYI ‘23), Brennan Ali (DET ‘22), Paul Fischer (STL ‘23), Patrick Moynihan (NJD ‘19), Landon Slaggert (CHI ‘20), Cole Knuble (PHI ‘23) and Trevor Janicke (ANA ‘19).

The 2023 NHL draft saw three Irish rookies selected, the most since 2020, and 15th time in program history that at least three Irish icers were selected in a single draft class.

The trio of skaters selected in 2023, Danny Nelson (2nd Rd., 49 overall), Cole Knuble (4th Rd., 103 overall) and Paul Fischer (5th Rd., 138 overall) join fellow rookie Brennan Ali (DET ‘22) as draftees in the ND freshmen class.

When D. Nelson was selected in the second round of this year’s Draft, Notre Dame extended its streak of players drafted to 21 years (2004-present).



KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — There’s just something about the Irish and Rocky Top.

On Wednesday, No. 18 Notre Dame (6-1) overcame a 16-point third quarter deficit to beat No. 20 Tennessee (4-3), 74-69. When the Irish saw Tennessee in 2018, they overcame a 23-point deficit and posted in the largest comeback win in program history.

“I’m super proud,” Karen and Kevin Keyes Family Head Coach Niele Ivey said after Wednesday’s game. “The way that we responded and the way that we fought to pull out that victory out on the road is tremendous.”

The first half of the first quarter was a back and forth affair before Notre Dame went cold. The Irish ended frame No. 1 with a scoring drought of nearly 4 minutes, going 1-13 from the floor. Thankfully for Notre Dame, Tennessee wasn’t too hot either. The Lady Vols shot 35 percent in the first quarter.

Notre Dame ultimately went into the locker room down 37-25. It was Notre Dame’s lowest scoring half of the year. At that point, Bransford was the leading scorer with 8. Both Maddy Westbeld and Nat Marshall had 5 rebounds each.

The Irish came alive to start the second half.

Notre Dame opened the third quarter with a 9-10 showing from the floor. They got the Lady Vols’ lead down to 2 with 20 seconds to go in that frame, 50-48. With 4:25 to go in the game, Notre Dame had its first lead since the middle of the first quarter. Anna DeWolfe hit a 10-foot jumper. Advantage Irish.

For the third straight game, Nat Marshall had at least 10 points. She entered the season with just two performances ever in double figures. Marshall hit three of four shots in a 2-minute span from 6:56 to 4:55 in the fourth quarter. She also had a pair of offensive rebounds to keep two possessions alive.

Notre Dame took a 70-68 lead with 48 seconds to go. Bransford’s turnaround jumper began to seal the deal. Westbeld hit 3 of 4 shots from the charity stripe to formally give Notre Dame the win.

When the clock hit zero, five Irish scored in double-figures. Marshall and Westbeld led the way with 15 points. Hidalgo had 13, Bransford had 12, and DeWolfe had 11. Westbeld had 11 rebounds, and Marshall had a career-high 9.

“I think it was staying confident and not rushing my shots,” Marshall said when asked what changed for her in the second half. “We started getting the shots we wanted.”

There were two very notable hustle stats for the Irish. Notre Dame turned the ball over just 7 times and forced Tennessee into 17 turnovers. Four of those were a result of Hidalgo steals. Notre Dame also outrebounded Tennessee 41 to 33. In the second half, it was 21 to 10. The Lady Vols entered the matchup averaging nearly 6 more rebounds than Notre Dame.

Of note, Ivey remains without First Team All-ACC guards Olivia Miles and Sonia Citron, and the Irish did not have Cassandre Prosper on Wednesday either. She is dealing with a lower leg issue and will be sidelined for a few weeks, per Ivey.



INDIANAPOLIS – The Bulldogs collected their fifth win of the season on Wednesday night with a 67-46 victory over Bradley at Hinkle Fieldhouse. Caroline Strande, Rachel Kent and Jordan Meulemans all scored in double figures to lead the BU offense.

Butler led Bradley 6-0 at the start of the game and would move forward to hit nine-straight field goals in the opening frame to jump out to a 22-5 lead. Jordan Meulemans scored seven of Butler’s first 12 points and Caroline Strande would lead the team with eight points over the first 10 minutes. The Bulldog defense was also locked in limiting the Braves to just two made field goals.

Strande and Meulemans each hit double figures in the first half and Butler would enjoy a 42-17 lead at the break. Butler shot 53 percent from the field in the first half and seven different Bulldogs had made at least one field goal.

Bradley played much better in the second half, but the ‘Dawgs still outscored the Braves 17-13 in the third. BU used the entire roster and cruised to the finish line for the 21-point victory.

Inside the Box Score

– Caroline Strande scored 17 points on 7-of-12 shooting and added six rebounds

– Rachel Kent hit four 3-pointers to help her score 14 points

– Jordan Meulemans nearly posted a double-double with 13 points and a team-high eight rebounds

– Sydney Jaynes filled up the box score with six points, five rebounds, four assists and two steals

– Ari Wiggins had five of Butler’s 10 steals on the night

– Wiggins had four assists and only one turnover

– BU had 20 assists as a team on 28 made field goals

– Karsyn Norman came off the bench to have five points, seven rebounds, and three assists

– Lilly Stoddard got to work in the paint to score six points

Up Next

Butler will play at Wisconsin on Sunday, Dec. 3. The 1 PM ET tip at the Kohl Center will stream on B1G+.



Butler (5-2) vs. Texas Tech (5-1)

BIG EAST-Big 12 Battle

Thursday, Nov. 30;  6:30PM

Hinkle Fieldhouse; Indianapolis

Butler, after playing the last four games away from home, returns to Hinkle Fieldhouse for a five-game homestand, which includes the final four non-conference games of the season and the BIG EAST opener vs. Georgetown Dec. 19. The game will serve as a Blue Out with the Bulldogs wearing blue jerseys as part of the Blue Thursday game.

TV: FS1 — Dan Hellie & Casey Jacobsen

Radio: WXNT 1430AM, Varsity Network Radio App, SiriusXM 381, SXM App 971 — @MarkMinner & Nick Gardner (@n_gardner)

Series: Butler Leads, 2-0

Streak: Butler, W2

At Hinkle: 0-0

First Meeting: Butler, 81-71, 11/24/07

Last Meeting: Butler, 71-61, 3/17/16

The Series with the Red Raiders

• Butler’s 2-0 mark over Texas Tech has included a pair of neutral-court victories.

• Butler defeated Texas Tech, 81-71, in the championship game of the 2007 Great Alaska Shootout. That was the sixth game as Butler’s head coach for Brad Stevens. Bob Knight was the Texas Tech head coach at that time.

• Butler defeated Texas Tech, 71-61, in the first round of the 2016 NCAA Tournament in Raleigh, N.C.; the Bulldogs fell to No. 1 seed Virginia in the next round.

Home, Sweet Hinkle

• Butler is 73-2 over its last 75 non-conference home games.

• Butler has won 11 straight non-conference home games.

• Matta is 26-7 at Hinkle Fieldhouse as the head coach at Butler (2000-01 and his current stint that began prior to the 2022-23 season).

• Butler has scored at least 80 points in all three of its home games this season (going over the 90-point mark twice)

• At home, Butler has outscored its first three opponents of the season by a combined 108 points in 120 minutes of play.

Of Note…

• Butler is 2-1 in the BIG EAST-Big 12 Battle. The Bulldogs defeated Kansas State at Hinkle last season and have a 2021 road win over Oklahoma. Butler lost at Baylor in 2019.

• All three teams that Butler faced in Orlando as part of the ESPN Events Invitational made the 2023 NCAA Tournament; five of Butler’s seven opponents to start the season were part of the 2023 NCAA Tournament field.

• Pierre Brooks II scored a career-high 26 points in Friday’s win over Penn State; he followed that with 25 points in Sunday’s win over Boise State. Brooks is the first Bulldog with back-to-back 25-point games since Kelan Martin, who accomplished the feat in his final two games at Butler as part of the 2018 NCAA Tournament (27 vs. Arkansas and 29 vs. Purdue).

• Twenty of Brooks’s 25 points against Boise State Sunday came in the second half; he is the first Bulldog to score 20 points in a half since Chuck Harris on March 6, 2021.

• In the three games in Orlando, Brooks shot a combined 11-for-20 from three-point range (55 percent).

• Butler shot 52 percent from the field Sunday against Boise State, the third consecutive game shooting 50 percent or better. Butler has made at least half of its attempts in four of the first seven games of the season.

• Butler’s defense limited Boise State to 32-percent shooting Sunday, the fourth opponent this season that the Bulldogs held to 32-percent or lower from the field.

• Butler has committed 10 or fewer turnovers in five of the team’s seven games this season.

• Butler has scored at least 80 points in five of its seven games to start the season; the Bulldogs only hit the 80-point mark six times total a season ago.

• Butler’s balanced attack has seen at least five players score in double figures in four of the team’s seven games to start the season.

• Nine different Bulldogs have scored in double figures in at least one game so far at this early point of the season. Brooks is the only Bulldog who has scored at least 10 points in each game so far this season.

• Butler has 10 players averaging at least eight minutes played per game and only Brooks is averaging more than 30 minutes per game.

• Butler’s 78.4-percent free throw percentage is 21st nationally.

• DJ Davis ranks 13th nationally in free throw percentage (95.5), through the games of Nov. 28.

• Andre Screen has made 20 of his first 27 attempts (74 percent) to begin his Butler career.

• Connor Turnbull’s six blocks Nov. 13 against ETSU were one shy of the Butler single-game record.

• Jalen Thomas, Screen and Boden Kapke have combined to play 272 of a possible 280 minutes at the center spot for the Bulldogs; the trio has combined to average 15.8 points and 13.9 rebounds per game.

• The 86 points scored by the Bulldogs in Thursday’s loss to No. 19/20 Florida Atlantic were the most by Butler in a loss since a 90-87 loss to No. 21 Seton Hall Jan. 6, 2018.

• Entering the season, Thad Matta has won 453 games in his 18 seasons as a head coach, which averages out to 25.2 wins per season.

Top Team Performances

• The Bulldogs forced ETSU into 19 turnovers and converted those into 36 points Nov. 13.

• No ETSU player reached double figures, the first time that Butler’s defense has accomplished that since the Feb. 29, 2020 win over DePaul.

• Butler limited SEMO to 29-percent shooting in the Nov. 10 win; the Bulldogs last held an opponent under 30 percent Jan. 1, 2023 at Georgetown.

• The Bulldogs went to the line 34 times, making 26 against SEMO. That is more makes and attempts than Butler had in any game last season.

• The 60 second-half points by the Bulldogs against Eastern Michigan in the season opener were the most in a half by Butler dating back to a 63-point performance in the second half of a Jan. 16, 2017 game against Marquette.

Summering in Canada

• Jahmyl Telfort played for Canada’s U23 team in July as part of the GLOBL JAM event in Toronto, helping the Canadians to the silver medal in the four-team event. Telfort posted 12 points, nine rebounds and three blocks in the gold medal game, a loss to the University of Kentucky, which represented the United States in the event. In the four games, Telfort averaged 10 points per game.

• Telfort, a transfer from Northeastern, ranked fifth in the Colonial Athletic Association in scoring in 2022-23.

You Must Be New Here…

• Only two players on the 2023-24 roster played in games for Butler last season (Jalen Thomas and Connor Turnbull). John-Michael Mulloy was also on the Butler roster a season ago, but didn’t play due to injury.

• Butler returns only 9% of scoring (191 of 2,088 points) and 9% of minutes played (563 of 6,400) from the 2022-23 season.

• The nine scholarship players on Butler’s 2023-24 roster who bring collegiate experience have combined for 237 double-figure scoring games entering the season; only eight of those games have come in a Butler uniform (all by Thomas during the 2022-23 season).

• Five of Butler’s incoming transfers averaged double figures during the 2022-23 season for their respective former teams.



DAYTON, Ohio – Senior Bryce Monroe matched his season-high with 20 points and junior Jlynn Counter added 17, including 15 in the second half, but the Jaguars were outgunned by a superior Wright State squad on Wednesday night (Nov. 29), 103-74.

Tanner Holden paced five Raiders in double-digits with 26 points and Brandon Noel finished with a double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Wright State shot 61.2 percent from the floor and 8-of-20 (40 percent) from three while IUPUI was held to 40 percent overall. Wright State bullied their way to a 39-24 advantage off the glass and decisive 60-24 margin in points in the paint.

The Jaguars did the bulk of their damage from the foul line, hitting 28-of-36 (77.8 percent) attempts, including 23-of-26 in the second half. Both Monroe (9-9) and Counter (8-8) enjoyed perfect performances from the stripe.

“It’s always a tough challenge to stop (Wright State) offensively. They’re efficient in what they do and they can attack from all three levels,” head coach Matt Crenshaw said. “They spread you out with their shooters and they have really skilled bigs.

“Holden is a really tough matchup and I thought played one of his better games of the season tonight. Now we have a quick turnaround to prepare for a really good Northern Kentucky team on Saturday.”

IUPUI (3-5, 0-1 HL) got the start it wanted, holding Wright State (3-4, 1-0 HL) off the scoreboard until the 16:14 mark, but didn’t take full advantage, only scoring three points of its own during that span. The Raiders surged out to a 19-10 lead, capped by a Logan Woods trey, before IUPUI answered with five straight from Monroe, including a long three.

The hosts rattled off a 12-0 run to take control at 31-15 before the Jaguars showed some life before intermission. Kidtrell Blocker initiated back-to-back transition buckets from Vincent Brady II and Abdou Samb before Holden closed the half with a three-point play.

After trailing 43-28 at the break, IUPUI never truly threatened after intermission, despite trimming WSU’s once 20-point lead back to 13 on two different occasions.

Blocker just missed his first career double-double with 12 points, nine rebounds and four assists and sophomore Abdou Samb tallied a season-high 11 points off the bench. Brady contributed six points and four rebounds as well.

IUPUI will return home to host Northern Kentucky in Horizon League play on Saturday (Dec. 2) at noon inside Indiana Farmers Coliseum. That game will be broadcast on ESPN+ as Greg Rakestraw (pxp) and IUPUI Hall of Famer Bob Lovell (analyst) describe the action. The first 150 fans in attendance will receive a FREE IUPUI Jaguars Christmas ornament, while supplies last. In addition, fans can earn a FREE ticket to Saturday’s game by bringing a new, unwrapped toy to benefit the community in need and the Ruth Lilly Women and Children’s Center.



GREENSBORO, NC – The IUPUI swim team will have four athletes represent the Jaguars at the 2023 Toyota U.S. Open Championships in Greensboro, North Carolina. Emmaleigh Zietlow, Kevin Burke, Spencer Jyawook and Logan Kelly will compete in the pool for the Jaguars during the four day event from November 29 through December 2.

Junior Emmaleigh Zietlow will kick the week off with the 400 free on Thursday, November 30. She currently holds top times in the Horizon League in the 200 free (1:48.10), 500 free (4:49.07) and 1650 free (16:40.55).

Kevin Burke and Spencer Jyawook will both compete in the 50 free on Thursday and 100 fly on Friday. Burke holds the second fastest time in the Horizon League in the 50 free with a time of 20.17 while Jyawook sits in third. Jyawook sits atop the Horizon League in the 100 fly with a time of 47.13 while Burke sits in fourth.

Junior Logan Kelly rounds out the squad this week competing in the 100 and 200 breast events. Kelly holds the top time in the conference in the 100 breast with a time of 52.94 and will look to continue his success at the U.S. Open on Friday. He also holds the fastest time in the Horizon League in the 200 breast with a time of 1:54.78 and will compete on Saturday in that event.



MUNCIE, lnd. – Seven Ball State football players earned all-conference recognition by the Mid-American Conference on Wednesday, headed by offensive tackle Corey Stewart and defensive lineman Sidney Houston, Jr., who both earned distinction as first-team honorees.

Second-team selections were running back Marquez Cooper and linebacker Cole Pearce. Third-team picks were offensive tackle Damon Kaylor, tight end Tanner Koziol and punter Lucas Borrow.

Stewart, a 6-foot-6, 303-pound left tackle from Nashville was an offensive team captain in all 12 games for the Cardinals while continuing a string of 28 consecutive starts. Just a junior, he was a lead blocker for a pair of 1,000-yard runners the past two seasons and was Ball State’s highest graded offensive lineman. Pro Football Focus graded him with a 98 percent pass block efficiency.

Houston, a senior from the St. Louis area, emerged as one of the MAC’s top pass rushers while leading Ball State and the MAC with 17 tackles for loss. His eight sacks were fourth in the MAC, helping disrupt opponent offenses and leading Ball State to rank as the MAC’s No. 2 team in total defense.

Cooper, an All-MAC first-teamer last year, ran for 1,043 yards to register his third straight season over 1,000 yards. He was fourth in the MAC with 86.9 yards per game and will enter his senior campaign in 2024 as the nation’s second-leading rusher with 3,856 career rush yards.

A former walk-on, Pearce teamed with Houston to help Ball State finish fourth in the MAC in tackles for loss. He was second on the team with 78 tackles, 10 TFL and 3.5 sacks. His 10 TFL tied for 10th in the MAC.

Kaylor started opposite Stewart in every game at right tackle, finishing his senior campaign with a team-high 35 career starts. He started at four of five offensive line positions over the course of his career and Pro Football Focus graded him with a 96.4 percent pass block efficiency. He lasted the duration of the 2023 season without a single penalty.

Koziol, only a sophomore, was the Cardinals’ top receiving target and paced Ball State with three touchdown receptions among 34 catches. He was a third-team Freshman All-America in 2022.

Borrow finished his junior season with a career-high punting average of 41.8 yards per kick to rank sixth in the MAC. He spiraled nine kicks for 50 yards or more and he finished second in the MAC with 22 punts downed inside the 20-yard line.



MUNCIE, Ind. – – Following a successful showing at the House of Champions, seven members of the Ball State swimming program will get one more opportunity to make some noise in the pool this fall at the Minnesota Invite.

While the four-day meet starts today at the Jean K Freeman Aquatic Center in Minneapolis, the Cardinals will not be in action until Thursday. Prelims start at 11 a.m. ET / 10 a.m. CT each day, while finals take place at 7 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. CT.

Set to represent the women’s squad are Laura Wright and Payton Kelly.

Set to represent the men’s squad are Aidan Biddle, Owen Chaye, Joey Garberick, Bryce Handshoe and Malcolm Slater.

Fans interested in following the Cardinals in action can do so with:

– Live Results: https://sidearmstats.com/minnesota/swim/index.htm

– Live Video: https://www.youtube.com/@jeankfreemanaquaticcenter6237

Below are Ball State’s slated entries in the meet.

Thursday, Nov. 30

Men’s 500 Freestyle | Program Record – 4:29.26 by Magnus Ohlsson in 1995

Malcolm Slater

Women’s 50 Freestyle | Program Record – 22.32 by Payton Kelly in 2023

Payton Kelly

Men’s 50 Freestyle | Program Record – 19.89 by Owen Chaye in 2023

Owen Chaye

Joey Garberick

Friday, Dec. 1

Men’s 100 Butterfly | Program Record – 47.93 by Bryce Handshoe in 2023

Bryce Handshoe

Men’s 200 Freestyle | Program Record – 1:38.62 by Jacob Siewers in 2023

Malcolm Slater

Women’s 100 Breaststroke | Program Record – 1:00.58 by Bridgette Ruehl in 2013

Laura Wright

Men’s 100 Breaststroke | Program Record – 52.17 by Joey Garberick in 2023

Joey Garberick

Aidan Biddle

Women’s 100 Backstroke | Program Record – 54.44 by Hannah Jones in 2022

Payton Kelly

Men’s 400 Medley Relay | Program Record – 3:12.42 by Pheifer, Garberick, Handshoe, Chaye in 2023

Biddle/Slater, Garberick, Handshoe, Chaye

Saturday, Dec. 2

Women’s 100 Freestyle | Program Record – 49.12 by Payton Kelly in 2023

Payton Kelly

Men’s 100 Freestyle | Program Record – 43.58 by Owen Chaye in 2023

Owen Chaye

Women’s 200 Breaststroke | Program Record – 2:11.77 by Bridgette Ruehl in 2013

Laura Wright

Men’s 200 Breaststroke | Program Record – 1:56.98 by Joe Morris in 2015

Joey Garberick

Aidan Biddle

Men’s 200 Butterfly

Men’s 200 Butterfly | Program Record – 1:47.75 by Bryce Handshoe in 2023

Bryce Handshoe

Malcolm Slater



FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Purdue Fort Wayne women’s basketball team will hit the road to play at Oakland for the start of Horizon League play on Thursday (Nov. 30).

Game Day Information

Who: Oakland Golden Grizzlies

When: Thursday, November 30 | 7 PM

Where: Rochester, Mich. | O’Rena

Live Stats: Link

Watch: ESPN

Game Notes: Purdue Fort Wayne | Oakland | Horizon League

Know Your Foe

Oakland is 3-2 to start the year with two wins over non-Division I schools and two losses to Big Ten foes. The Golden Grizzlies’ season highlight came in the opener, in which they beat Akron on the road in double-overtime 91-87. OU is led by Charleston transfer Markyia McCormick and 2023 Horizon League Freshman of the Year Brooke Quarles-Daniels. They are averaging over 11 points per game.

The Series

The Mastodons and Golden Grizzlies have a storied history of 30 matchups dating back to 1985 in the Division II days. OU leads the series 19-11, but the ‘Dons snapped an eight-game win streak last season in Rochester.

We Love Threes…

Purdue Fort Wayne has been dangerous from 3-point land this season. The Mastodons are 11th in the country with a 40.5 3-point percentage and ninth in the nation with 10.0 3-point makes per contest. The ‘Dons have four players in the top 230 nationally in 3-pointers per game: Audra Emmerson, Amellia Bromenschenkel, Renna Schwieterman and Shayla Sellers. Emmerson ranks in the top-100 in 3-point percentage at 41.2 percent.

… and It’s Been a While Since We Haven’t

The Mastodons love making threes so much, they haven’t had a game without a 3-pointer made since January 1, 2021, a streak of 85 games. This includes every game in the Maria Marchesano era.

Some More on the 3-Ball

The Mastodons have six players shooting at least 40 percent from the 3-point line. Shayla Sellers is 11-of-22 (50 percent), Destinee Marshall is 6-of-12 (50 percent), Lauryn Stover is 1-of-2 (50 percent), Amellia Bromenschenkel is 11-of-23 (47.8 percent), Renna Schwieterman is 11-of-24 (45.8 percent) and Audra Emmerson is 14-for-34 (41.2 percent).

Millie of the Week

Amellia Bromenschenkel was selected as the Horizon League Player of the Week on November 27 after leading the ‘Dons to a 2-1 week at the Gulf Coast Showcase. She led the league in scoring at 18.7 points per game, shot 61.1 percent from the floor (22-of-36) and 50 percent from 3-point land (8-of-16). She had a career-high of 27 points on just 14 shots against Delaware.

Career Day for Emmerson

In the 90-77 win over Western Kentucky on November 26, Audra Emmerson had 21 points, nine rebounds and six assists. Her points and rebounds were new career-highs, while her six assists tied her best.

Chasing 1,000

The Mastodons have two players that are looking to reach 1,000 points in their careers. Shayla Sellers has 988 and Amellia Bromenschenkel has 717. With Bromenschenkel’s average of 15.0 points per game this season, she is on pace to reach 1,000 career points in 19 games.

Paint The Town Gold

The Mastodons beat Southern Illinois 70-64 thanks to 42 points in the paint. The ‘Dons hit just one 3-pointer over the final 39:03 of the game.

Magic Numbers 70 and 80

Under head coach Maria Marchesano, the Mastodons are 17-4 when they score 70 points or more and 9-1 when they hit 80.

Audra 3mm3rson

Audra Emmerson is shooting 44.4 percent from deep since January 1, 2023, a mark of 52-of-117 over 25 games, including 21-of-50 (42.0 percent)this year.

Donating to Charity

Purdue Fort Wayne was a perfect 10-of-10 from the charity stripe against No. 5 Iowa (Nov. 24). The Mastodons have had 10 other games in program history where they have made at least 10 free throws without a miss.

Last Time Out

Purdue Fort Wayne is coming off a 3-point showcase in a 90-77 win over Western Kentucky in Estero, Florida. That came on the heels of an 88-74 win over Delaware the day before.

Coming Up

The Mastodons will return home for the first time in nearly a month when they welcome Wright State to the Gates Sports Center on December 3.



FORT WAYNE, Ind. –  Purdue Fort Wayne picked up a victory in their first Horizon League game of the season with a 75-71 win over Green Bay on Wednesday (Nov. 29) at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum.

Purdue Fort Wayne led for nearly 34 minutes of the contest and all but 20 seconds in the first half. Maximus Nelson led the ‘Dons with 11 points in the first half with three 3-pointers. Purdue Fort Wayne turned nine Green Bay turnovers into 17 points and led 36-32 at the break.

Jalen Jackson led the Mastodons in the second half with 13 points in the final 20 minutes. He scored seven points early in the second before hitting six clutch free throws down the stretch. Jackson made his last two free throws with 1:36 to play to give the ‘Dons a three point lead, but Green Bay tied up the game with a three from Clarence Cummings III. On the other end of the floor, Quinton Morton-Robertson hit his second 3-pointer of the night to put Purdue Fort Wayne ahead once again. With less than 10 seconds and the Phoenix needing two points to tie the game, Rasheed Bello sealed the game with a steal and a fast break layup.

Four Mastodons finished in double figures. Jackson led the team with 19 points and also added five rebounds and two assists. Nelson went 5-of-8 from beyond the arc on his way to 17 points, one shy of his career high. Anthony Roberts contributed 14 points, three boards, and two steals while Bello scored 10 points with four assists.

The ‘Dons made 19 of their 25 free throws and 7-of-10 in the final five minutes. Both sides shot well from three with each team shooting 40 percent from range.

The Mastodons shot 45.3 percent (24-of-53) from the field with Jackson shooting 55.6 percent (5-of-9).

Noah Reynolds had a team-high 16 points for the Phoenix. 

Purdue Fort Wayne moves to 7-1 overall and 1-0 in the Horizon League. The ‘Dons travel to Oakland on Saturday (Dec. 2) for their last conference clash until December 29. The 7-1 start is the best eight-game stretch to start a season during the NCAA Division I era for the ‘Dons.

Green Bay is now 3-4 and 0-1 in league play.



EVANSVILLE, Ind. – A cold fourth quarter doomed the University of Evansville women’s basketball team in a 64-58 loss to the Bellarmine Knights.

After leading for most of the game, the Purple Aces couldn’t find their offense in the fourth quarter to prevent a Bellarmine comeback. Only two players reached double-figures for UE, sisters Alana Striverson and Kynidi Mason Striverson. Graduate center Barbora Tomancova also had a strong night for Evansville, leading the team with 12 rebounds while adding nine points and a steal.

“It’s super disappointing,” said Head Coach Robyn Scherr-Wells following the loss. “We played three really solid quarters and saved the worst one for last. It’s tough, we had a nine-point lead opening the fourth quarter with the ball. And two turnovers led to two scores and we gave up a bunch of offensive boards in the fourth quarter. We just didn’t finish the game and it’s a tough pill to swallow,”.

The first two minutes of the game were controlled by the Knights but the Aces quickly responded midway through the first quarter. A nine-point run gave UE the lead, which they would hold onto for over 30 minutes. Evansville saw its lead grow to seven in the final 20 seconds of the frame as a free throw from forward Tameshia Dozier made it a 20-13 game.

Unlike the dominant runs of the first quarter, the second was a bucket-for-bucket marathon. The two teams matched each other shot for shot outside of a brief four-point run for the Knights. Neither offense could find a basket in the final two minutes of the first half as the Aces headed into the locker room with a 31-26 lead.

UE opened scoring in the third quarter with a three-pointer from Striverson on the left wing. While the junior guard found the first points, it was again mostly a back-and-forth battle early in the third. Evansville put together a four-point run at the 6:46 mark to go back up by nine. Bellarmine tried to chip away at the lead but the Aces continued to string together shots and grew their lead to 10 in the final 30 seconds. A last-second layup from the Knights made it an eight-point game with a quarter to go.

Bellarmine quickly cut into UE’s lead in the fourth with a seven-point run to make it only a one-point game. Evansville wouldn’t make its first basket until over two minutes in as forward Maggie Hartwig had a second chance layup. The game bounced back and forth between a three-point lead and a one-point lead for the Aces. But a six-point run for the Knights with four minutes to go sealed UE’s fate as they lost to Bellarmine 64-58.

For the second game in a row, Evansville outrebounded its opponent with 50 boards. The Aces also accumulated more second-chance points and bench points than the Knights through 40 minutes.

UE travels to Martin, Tennessee for their first Saturday game of the season against the UT Martin Skyhawks. Tip-off from the Kathleen and Tom Elam Center is set for 1 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 2.



SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Freshman Chuck Bailey III scored a career-high 27 points in Wednesday’s Missouri Valley Conference opener as the University of Evansville men’s basketball team dropped a 90-78 decision at JQH Arena.

Bailey recorded 22 of his 27 points in the second half while helping the Purple Aces stage a late comeback.  Ben Humrichous scored 14 points while Kenny Strawbridge Jr. finished the evening with nine.  Yacine Toumi led the way with 8 rebounds while Tanner Cuff had an excellent all-around performance with 8 assists, 7 points and 7 boards.

“Missouri State had a good game plan; they came right out and punched us in the mouth,” UE head coach David Ragland said.  “We responded the right way and never gave up tonight.  This league is just so physical and it was a good experience for our guys to get a taste of that.”

Cam Haffner opened the game with a 3-pointer, but Missouri State hit their first of seven first-half triples on the other end to tie the game.  UE took a 5-3 lead on an Antonio Thomas basket before going up 7-5 on a Kenny Strawbridge Jr. jumper at the 17:49 mark.

Missouri State responded with a 7-0 run to take a 12-7 edge before Ben Humrichous knocked down an outside shot to make it a one-possession game.  On the strength of five offensive rebounds in the opening five minutes, MSU pushed its lead to 19-12.  Evansville stepped up its defense, holding the Bears scoreless for a 4-minute stretch as they forced five missed shots and a turnover.  Chuck Bailey III connected on a triple while Joshua Hughes added his first basket to make it a 19-17 game at the midway point of the half.

After the Bears wrestled away a 27-21 advantage, Tanner Cuff took matters into his own hands.  Scoring five in a row, Cuff got his squad within one point with 6:33 remaining in the period.  MSU quickly responded, embarking on a 16-2 run to take their largest lead of 44-28 in the final minute.  Strawbridge hit a jumper in the final Aces’ possession to make it a 44-30 contest at the break.

In the opening moments of the second half, SMS pushed its lead to 18 points, but UE kept up the pressure.  Gage Bobe connected from long range while Bailey added a field goal to cut the deficit to 50-36 with 15:38 showing on the clock.  The Bears countered with an 11-2 rally to go up 61-38 inside of the 12-minute mark.  Evansville continued to show its fight as Bailey registered 22 of his 27 points in the final half to get the Aces back within 10 points.

Unfortunately, the comeback fell just short as UE fell by a final of 90-78. The defense for the Aces stepped up in the second half, forcing 10 turnovers as the worked to overcome the deficit.

UE returns home on Saturday to face Northern Iowa at 1 p.m.



EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Following a two-game road swing, University of Southern Indiana Women’s Basketball returns home to Screaming Eagles Arena Friday at 7 p.m. for a battle against Murray State University.

Friday’s game can be seen with a subscription to ESPN+ and heard on 95.7 FM The Spin.

Southern Indiana (3-2) is coming off two road games against major conference opponents, including a 95-57 loss at Purdue University last Sunday. The road swing was not kind to USI, giving the Screaming Eagles their first setbacks of the season after a 3-0 start to the campaign at home.

Sunday’s contest at Purdue featured a competitive start for the Screaming Eagles through the first media timeout of the first quarter, staying in stride with the Boilermakers. All five USI starters had scored by the first timeout. However, Purdue’s defense clamped down while their offense clicked from there. Purdue shot nearly 58 percent for the game. USI was led in scoring on Sunday by junior guard Vanessa Shafford (Linton, Indiana) with 14 points and senior forward Meredith Raley (Haubstadt, Indiana) with 13 points.

After being held to single digits in the season’s first two games, Shafford has scored 10 or more in the Eagles’ last three games. She has also shot over 50 percent in the last three contests. Shafford paces USI at 13.2 points and 7.2 boards per outing while also leading in assists and steals. Raley is second in scoring with 10.6 points per game.­

Through five games, USI is averaging 67.6 points per game on 43 percent shooting. The Eagles are hitting from three at 34.4 percent and grab 37.8 rebounds per game. One area of improvement early on this season for USI has been ball security. After registering over 20 turnovers per game last year and in the first three games this season, USI is averaging nearly seven fewer giveaways in the last two outings.

Murray State (3-2) has won two straight games, both at home, heading into Friday’s visit to USI. The Racers have had a similar start to the season like the Screaming Eagles. Murray State is 3-0 at home but has gone 0-2 on the road against major conference opponents. The Racers fell by only three at the University of Arkansas on November 10 and suffered a 112-79 defeat at Indiana University on November 17.

More recently, Murray State’s two-game winning streak has come with a 108-78 win against Bellarmine University on November 21 and an 88-75 victory against the University of Tennessee at Martin this past Tuesday. The Racers had seven players tally 10 or more points in Tuesday’s win.

On the season, Murray State is posting 95 points per game while shooting 46 percent overall and 32 percent from beyond the arc. The Racers are also recording 18.4 assists on the offensive end and average 42.2 rebounds per contest. Senior forward Katelyn Young, who led the Missouri Valley Conference in scoring and was named All-MVC First Team in 2022-23, tops the Racers this year with 16.6 points and 9.2 rebounds per outing. Young had a double-double of 15 points and 11 boards on Tuesday against UT Martin. Murray State has three other players averaging double figures in scoring.

Entering Friday’s matchup, Murray State leads the all-time series against USI, 4-1. The Racers defeated the Eagles in Murray, Kentucky last year, 77-59. In that game, Raley was Southern Indiana’s top scorer with 15 points, while Young had 12 points and 10 rebounds for Murray State. USI’s only win in the series came in 1986 with a 78-71 road win.

With Friday’s meeting against the Racers, the Screaming Eagles will look to get back on track, as four of the next five games for USI will be at Screaming Eagles Arena to conclude the non-conference slate.



The Valparaiso University men’s basketball team led for much of the first half, but preseason Missouri Valley Conference favorite and defending league champion Drake utilized a strong second half to beat the Beacons 83-65 in the league opener for both teams, a game that was closer than the final score would indicate. Isaiah Stafford (Bolingbrook, Ill. / Crispus Attucks [John A. Logan / Southern Indiana]) paced the Brown & Gold with 20 points.

How It Happened

Valpo grabbed an early lead thanks to a 9-0 run that turned a 4-4 stalemate into a 13-4 edge with 13:05 left in the half. A second-chance dunk by Cooper Schwieger (Overland Park, Kan. / Blue Valley Southwest [Link Year]) and a made 3-pointer by Jaxon Edwards (Indianapolis, Ind. / Cathedral [Murray State]) highlighted the early run.

The Bulldogs clawed back, but quickly the Beacons had the cushion back up to nine when Darius DeAveiro (Kanata, Ottawa, Canada / Orangeville Prep) knocked down a trey at the 11:06 mark.

Following the DeAveiro swish, Drake rattled off seven straight points to shrink the gap to two.

Valpo scored six straight on back-to-back triples by Stafford, building the edge back to eight at 26-18 with 5:28 on the clock.

Drake scored six in a row to get within one with 4:25 left in the half. The Bulldogs took their first lead since the game’s early stages at 31-30 with 2:07 on the first-half clock. DeAveiro hit another 3 to wrestle the lead back.

Stafford connected from long range to tie it with 39 seconds left in the half, and Drake made a free throw going into the break to hold a 37-36 edge.

The lead seesawed early in the second half with Schwieger making a go-ahead layup at the 16:10 mark to make it 47-46. DeAveiro drained his third 3 of the game with 13:55 on the clock to again vault the Beacons ahead 50-48.

After DeAveiro’s triple,

After DeAveiro’s triple, the Bulldogs scored 10 straight points to take a 58-50 lead with 11:00 to play. The lead reached double figures at the midway mark of the half and Valpo could not fully climb back into the game down the final stretch.

Inside the Game

Stafford poured in 20 points to pace the Beacons, while Schwieger added 13 and DeAveiro contributed 11.

Stafford and DeAveiro drained three 3s apiece. For comparison, DeAveiro made three 3s all of last season in 25 games. He entered this season with seven career made 3s over 54 games and has five 3s in the first seven contests this year.

DeAveiro had five assists while tying a career high with 11 points. He has scored eight points or more in each of his last three games, including his previous best of 11 on Nov. 21 vs. Western Illinois.

Edwards chipped in eight points to go along with seven rebounds, sharing the lead on the boards with Stafford, who also swiped three steals.

Free-throw shooting played a key role in the final margin. Valpo went just 8-of-17 (47.1 percent) at the stripe, while Drake was 19-of-26 (73.1 percent). Foul trouble plagued the Beacons as Edwards, Schwieger and Ola Ajiboye (Chicago, Ill. / Evanston Township [Central Michigan / Bosco Institute]) were tagged with four fouls apiece.

Drake was held to just 26.1 percent from 3-point territory, missing 17 of its 23 attempts.

Postgame Press Conference

Up Next

The Beacons (4-3, 0-1 MVC) will continue the opening week of MVC play on Saturday at Belmont for a 1 p.m. tip in Nashville, Tenn. The game will be broadcast on ESPN+.



The Valpo women’s basketball team looked poised to claim its first victory of the season Wednesday evening in Kalamazoo, Mich., but Western Michigan’s Kaiden Glenn banked in a 3-pointer as time expired in regulation to force overtime and the Broncos went on to emerge 75-71 victors.

How It Happened

Outside of a brief early four-point lead for Valpo, the entire first quarter was played with neither squad extending its advantage past one possession. At the end of 10 minutes, it was WMU with a slim 18-17 advantage.

The Beacons scored the first seven points of the second quarter — four from Leah Earnest (Stevens Point, Wis./SPASH) and a 3-point play by Olivia Sims (Toledo, Ohio/Notre Dame Academy [Oakland]) — to extend out to its largest lead of the game at 24-18. Valpo never trailed again in the first half, taking a 28-26 lead into halftime.

WMU used a 12-0 run midway through the third period to turn a 34-28 Valpo edge into a 40-34 lead for the Broncos. The Beacons went on to erase that entire deficit late in the quarter with a 7-0 spurt featuring five points from Saniya Jackson (Fort Wayne, Ind./Northrop), but WMU scored the final basket of the quarter to lead 46-45 with 10 minutes to play in regulation.

The Broncos opened the fourth quarter on a 9-2 run to push their lead out to 55-47, but with the deficit still at six points a couple minutes later, Valpo reeled off eight points in a three-possession stretch to jump in front. Earnest started the spurt with a layup and capped it with a triple as the shot clock was expiring, giving the Beacons a 58-56 lead with 4:24 to go.

A five-point possession for WMU with 2:40 remaining in regulation gave the Broncos a four-point lead at 64-60. Valpo answered by connecting on three of four from the foul line over its next two trips, and Earnest came up with a steal on the next defensive possession and fed Nevaeh Jackson (Fort Wayne, Ind./Northrop) for a 3-pointer to make it 66-64 with 1:39 to play in regulation.

The teams traded turnovers before another WMU miscue returned possession to Valpo with 41 seconds to go. The Beacons ran the shot clock nearly all the way down before a missed shot, but on the ensuing WMU possession, Ava Interrante (McHenry, Ill./McHenry) took a charge with four seconds to play to regain possession. Valpo split a pair of free throws as WMU fouled immediately, setting up the Broncos’ timeout to advance the ball and tie the game with the buzzer-beating triple from Glenn.

Valpo never led in overtime, as its only field goal came on a triple by Olivia Brown (East Grand Rapids, Mich./East Grand Rapids [St. Bonaventure]) with 2:06 to play which tied the game at 70-70. The Beacons had three possessions in the final 90 seconds with a chance to tie or take the lead, but they went 0-for-3 from the floor and committed a pair of turnovers on those possessions.

Inside the Game

The overtime game was Valpo’s first since falling to UAB in early-season action last year.

The Beacons hit at a season-best clip from inside the arc on Wednesday, going 23-of-41 (56.1%) from 2-point range as they enjoyed a 46-28 edge in points in the paint. They were just 4-of-16 from 3-point range, however.

Meanwhile, Valpo limited WMU to 38.7% shooting from the field, but the Broncos hit 10-of-23 from 3-point range.

The Beacons came up with 10 steals and have been in double digits in the category in three of their five games this season.

Earnest paced Valpo with 22 points, the second-highest scoring effort of her career as her top two performances have come in the Beacons’ last two games.

The senior hit a career-best 10 shots, going 10-of-16 from the floor. She also pulled down a game-high 11 rebounds to record her second double-double of the year.

Playing less than an hour from her hometown, Brown poured in 16 points.

Saniya Jackson finished in double figures for the second straight game, scoring 11 points in her first collegiate start while adding four rebounds as well.

Raeven Raye-Redmond (Trotwood, Ohio/Trotwood Madison) came off the bench with seven points, five rebounds and five assists, while Nevaeh Jackson tied her season best with six rebounds to go with six points.

Valpo played Wednesday’s game without the services of starting point guard Jill Harris.

Next Up

Valpo (0-5) concludes its current stretch of four consecutive road games on Sunday afternoon when the Beacons make the short trip to West Lafayette, Ind. to take on Purdue. Tip is slated for 1 p.m. CT and the game can be seen live on BTN+.



vs. Southwest Baptist (2-3)

Thursday | November 30 | 5 p.m. ET

vs. 6 Drury (6-0)

Saturday | December 2 | 12:30 p.m. ET

The UIndy women’s basketball will host Southwest Baptist and No. 6 Drury this weekend. The Greyhounds led SBU 5-2 in the series record between the two teams. Drury leads the all-time series against the Hounds 17-5. On a 12-game losing streak, UIndy last defeated the Panthers in 2014.


Marc Mitchell earned his 250th career win on Monday against Missouri S&T, 72-61. The victory marked the Greyhound’s fourth straight, all by double digits. Patricia Chikamba notched her second double-double in a row with career highs of 22 points and 17 rebounds. The Hounds controlled the second half of the game, outscoring the Miners 46-26.

GAME NOTES: https://athletics.uindy.edu/documents/2023/11/29/WBB_Game_Notes_11_30___12_30.pdf 



vs. Southwest Baptist Bearcats (2-4)

Thursday| November 30 | 7:30 p.m.

vs. Drury Panthers (5-1)

Saturday | December 2 | 3 p.m.

The UIndy men’s basketball team welcomes a pair of league rivals to Nicoson Hall this weekend to open GLVC action. The Greyhounds will face Southwest Baptist on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. before capping the weekend with Drury on Saturday at 3 p.m.

UIndy leads both series by the slimmest of margins: 5-4 against Southwest Baptist and 10-9 versus Drury.


The UIndy men’s basketball team nearly knocked off No. 24 Emporia State on Sunday afternoon before dropping a 82-72 decision. The Hornets finished the game on a 17-6 to seal the victory over the Greyhounds, who led 66-65 with five minutes left.

Jesse Bingham led the team in scoring with 17 points, while four others finished with nine.


Coverage links for this weekend’s GLVC games can be found above.

GAME NOTES: https://athletics.uindy.edu/documents/2023/11/28/vs._SBU-DU.pdf



GRANVILLE, Ohio—The nationally-ranked UIndy swimming & diving teams will compete in their all-important mid-season meet this week. The Greyhound swimmers travel to Granville, Ohio Wednesday through Saturday for the biggest meet of the semester, the Denison Invitational, while the divers head to Oxford, Ohio for the Miami Invite Thursday and Friday.

The Denison field will feature teams from all three NCAA divisions, including some of the top programs in DIII. Both teams from Emory University, host Denison and WashU—all ranked in the DIII top 20—will be in attendance. The Division II Emory & Henry College men and women will also compete, as will the women of DI Eastern Michigan.

Emory is ranked No. 1 in both the men’s and women’s DIII polls. Additionally, the Emory men are the reigning DIII champs, as are the Denison women.

“Our mid-season meet is an opportunity to reap some of the rewards for the training we’ve put in thus far,” said Head Coach Brent Noble. “Over the course of the year, we’re competing fast just a handful of times. We’re at our very best a handful of times, and this is one of them. This is one of focuses for the year.”

The Denison Invite starts Wednesday evening with a long course meters (LCM) time trial for Olympic-qualifying purposes. The traditional short course yards (SCY) meet kicks off with prelims on Thursday morning a 10 a.m. and later finals at 6 p.m. That schedule holds for both Friday and Saturday.

Live video, live results and other information regarding the Denison Invite is available at the meet’s homepage. More info on the Miami meet will be posted if/when it is released.



INDIANAPOLIS – As the calendar inches closer to 2024, the defending Crossroads League champion and fifth-rated Marian softball team have officially finalized their schedule for the upcoming season. Marian is entering the 2024 season coming off a 52-9 record in their 2023 campaign, winning both the Crossroads League regular season and tournament titles, the NAIA Opening Round hosted by the Knights on their home diamond, and a fourth place finish at the NAIA World Series.

Marian will play a competitive 50-game schedule in their 2024 season, playing 12 games against teams featured in the preseason NAIA Top-25 Coaches’ Poll. In addition to the Knights 36-game Crossroads League schedule, Marian will play 14 non-conference games to build their 2024 slate. The Knights’ 14 non-conference games are scheduled for late February and early March, all to be played prior to the start of Crossroads League play.

The season gets underway on February 27, as Marian travels to (RV) IU-Southeast for their season opening doubleheader. Marian will finish their first week of the season with their home opener on February 29, hosting (RV) Indiana Tech at 2 p.m. at the MU Softball Diamond. After their opening games in Indiana, the Knights will travel to Melbourne, Florida, for their annual spring break trip. Marian will play five games against schools out of the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference during the week, and will also feature first-ever matchups with Keiser and Mount Marty on the backend of the trip.

The Crossroads League season will begin on March 12, as Marian travels to Grace College for their opening league games. The first home twin bill of the league season will be played on March 15 against St. Francis, and the opening week of conference play ends at Huntington. Marian will travel to Goshen and Spring Arbor in the second week of the conference season, while getting a top-25 showdown sandwiched in between as they host No. 14 Indiana Wesleyan on March 22. The third week of the season will be played at home with Bethel and (RV) Mount Vernon Nazarene coming to Indianapolis, and the first half of the league year ends on April 2 at Taylor.

After traveling to St. Francis to begin the second half of the conference slate, Marian will host six consecutive games with Huntington, Grace, and Goshen coming to town. In the penultimate week of the regular season the Knights will take on Bethel, Spring Arbor, and Indiana Wesleyan, going on the road to take on the Pilots and Wildcats. The final week of the regular season starts at Mount Vernon Nazarene on April 23, and will conclude with a Saturday senior day doubleheader against Taylor on April 27.

Spring Arbor will host the Crossroads League Tournament for the 2024 season, hosting from May 1 through May 3. The Knights will hope to be in position to host the NAIA Opening Round for a second consecutive season in 2024, with the first part of the NAIA Tournament starting on May 13. The NAIA World Series once again returns Columbus, Georgia, with the final stage of the tournament starting on May 23.

The 2024 schedule features four home doubleheaders on Saturday, three more than the 2023 schedule had. Two of the weekend doubleheaders will be aired on the ISC Sports Network, with the Mount Vernon Nazarene and Taylor twin bills being featured on the network with the four-camera layout.

The first pitch of the 2024 season is 90 days away, as the Knights are scheduled to open on Tuesday, February 27 at (RV) IU-Southeast for a 2:00 p.m. doubleheader.


INDIANA WESLEYAN ATHLETICS: https://iwuwildcats.com/

EARLHAM ATHLETICS: https://goearlham.com/

WABASH ATHLETICS: https://sports.wabash.edu/

FRANKLIN ATHLETICS: https://franklingrizzlies.com/

ROSE-HULMAN ATHLETICS: https://athletics.rose-hulman.edu/

ANDERSON ATHLETICS: https://athletics.anderson.edu/landing/index

TRINE ATHLETICS: https://trinethunder.com/landing/index

BETHEL ATHLETICS: https://bupilots.com/

DEPAUW ATHLETICS: https://depauwtigers.com/

HANOVER ATHLETICS: https://athletics.hanover.edu/

MANCHESTER ATHLETICS: https://muspartans.com/

HUNTINGTON ATHLETICS: https://www.huathletics.com/

OAKLAND CITY ATHLETICS: https://gomightyoaks.com/index.aspx

ST. FRANCIS ATHLETICS: https://www.saintfranciscougars.com/landing/index

IU KOKOMO ATHLETICS: https://iukcougars.com/

IU EAST ATHLETICS: https://www.iueredwolves.com/

IU SOUTH BEND ATHLETICS: https://iusbtitans.com/

PURDUE NORTHWEST ATHLETICS: https://pnwathletics.com/

INDIANA TECH ATHLETICS: https://indianatechwarriors.com/index.aspx

GRACE COLLEGE ATHLETICS: https://gclancers.com/

ST. MARY OF THE WOODS ATHLETICS: https://smwcathletics.com/

GOSHEN COLLEGE ATHLETICS: https://goleafs.net/

HOLY CROSS ATHLETICS: https://www.hcsaints.com/index.php

TAYLOR ATHLETICS: https://www.taylortrojans.com/

VINCENNES ATHLETICS: https://govutrailblazers.com/landing/index


Eastern Conference
Atlantic Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Boston144.7788-06-47-113-38-22 W
Philadelphia126.6672.07-35-34-18-45-51 L
New York107.5883.55-35-40-28-47-31 W
Brooklyn98.5294.56-43-41-38-76-43 W
Toronto910.4745.56-43-60-55-95-51 W
Central Divison
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Milwaukee135.7228-15-42-111-58-23 W
Indiana97.5633.06-53-24-17-66-41 L
Cleveland108.5563.05-55-31-26-47-32 W
Chicago514.2638.54-61-82-24-92-85 L
Detroit216.11111.01-81-81-42-90-1015 L
Southeast Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Orlando135.7228-25-32-18-29-18 W
Miami108.5563.04-26-63-07-76-43 L
Atlanta89.4714.53-55-43-26-84-62 L
Charlotte511.3137.03-62-53-35-93-72 L
Washington315.16710.01-62-91-62-141-91 L
Western Conference
Northwest Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Minnesota134.7658-15-33-09-28-22 W
Denver136.6841.09-04-62-111-45-53 W
Oklahoma City116.6472.05-46-21-25-57-32 L
Utah612.3337.55-41-81-36-94-61 L
Portland512.2948.02-53-71-22-82-81 W
Pacific Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Phoenix117.6114-47-32-28-57-31 L
Sacramento107.5880.55-25-53-39-77-31 L
LA Lakers118.5790.57-24-63-28-57-31 W
LA Clippers89.4712.55-33-61-17-75-51 W
Golden State810.4443.03-65-42-37-82-81 L
Southwest Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Dallas116.6475-26-44-16-45-51 W
New Orleans109.5262.07-43-52-27-86-41 W
Houston88.5002.58-10-72-27-75-52 L
Memphis413.2357.01-83-51-34-103-71 W
San Antonio314.1768.01-82-61-23-100-1012 L


American Football Conference
East Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Miami Dolphins830.7270.03392515-0-03-3-06-2-03-1-02 W
Buffalo Bills660.5002.53282275-2-01-4-03-5-02-2-01 L
New York Jets470.3644.01632382-4-02-3-02-6-01-3-04 L
New England Patriots290.1826.01482481-5-01-4-02-4-02-2-04 L
West Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Kansas City Chiefs830.7270.02561814-2-04-1-06-1-03-1-01 W
Denver Broncos650.5452.02462804-3-02-2-03-4-01-2-05 W
Las Vegas Raiders570.4173.52022564-2-01-5-03-5-01-2-02 L
Los Angeles Chargers470.3644.02692582-4-02-3-02-4-01-1-03 L
North Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Baltimore Ravens930.7500.03241874-2-05-1-06-3-03-2-02 W
Pittsburgh Steelers740.6361.51822054-2-03-2-05-3-03-1-01 W
Cleveland Browns740.6361.52392095-1-02-3-05-3-03-2-01 L
Cincinnati Bengals560.4553.52122423-3-02-3-01-6-00-4-03 L
South Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Jacksonville Jaguars830.7270.02542253-3-05-0-06-2-04-1-02 W
Indianapolis Colts650.5452.02692682-4-04-1-04-3-02-2-03 W
Houston Texans650.5452.02592324-2-02-3-03-3-01-2-01 L
Tennessee Titans470.3644.01852244-1-00-6-02-5-00-2-01 W
National Football Conference
East Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Philadelphia Eagles1010.9090.03102465-0-05-1-06-0-03-0-05 W
Dallas Cowboys830.7272.03471855-0-03-3-05-3-03-1-03 W
New York Giants480.3336.51592922-3-02-5-03-4-02-2-02 W
Washington Commanders480.3336.52463501-4-03-4-02-7-00-5-03 L
West Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
San Francisco 49ers830.7270.03101704-1-04-2-06-1-03-0-03 W
Seattle Seahawks650.5452.02292494-2-02-3-05-3-01-3-02 L
Los Angeles Rams560.4553.02322342-3-03-3-04-4-04-1-02 W
Arizona Cardinals2100.1676.52063212-4-00-6-02-6-00-4-02 L
North Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Detroit Lions830.7270.02942584-2-04-1-05-2-02-1-01 L
Minnesota Vikings660.5002.52632422-4-04-2-06-3-02-1-02 L
Green Bay Packers560.4553.02312243-2-02-4-04-3-02-2-02 W
Chicago Bears480.3334.52422962-3-02-5-03-5-01-3-01 W
South Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Atlanta Falcons560.4550.02132324-2-01-4-04-4-03-0-01 W
New Orleans Saints560.4550.02292222-2-03-4-02-4-01-2-02 L
Tampa Bay Buccaneers470.3641.02122272-3-02-4-03-4-01-1-02 L
Carolina Panthers1100.0914.01732921-4-00-6-00-7-00-2-04 L


Eastern Conference
Atlantic Division
Boston Bruins211443311371557-1-17-3-25-3-2
Florida Panthers221372281364577-3-06-4-26-3-1
Toronto Maple Leafs20116325869676-4-05-2-36-3-1
Detroit Red Wings211173251176637-3-24-4-15-3-2
Tampa Bay Lightning231085251080816-2-34-6-24-5-1
Buffalo Sabres2210102221064715-5-05-5-24-4-2
Montreal Canadiens221010222863775-6-05-4-25-5-0
Ottawa Senators1789016760596-7-02-2-05-5-0
Metropolitan Division
New York Rangers211641331570527-2-09-2-18-2-0
Carolina Hurricanes211380261271687-2-06-6-07-3-0
Washington Capitals19116224946517-4-14-2-17-2-1
Philadelphia Flyers2211101231065625-6-06-4-16-4-0
New York Islanders2187622756674-3-44-4-23-4-3
New Jersey Devils201091211072745-5-15-4-04-6-0
Pittsburgh Penguins2110101211065555-6-05-4-15-4-1
Columbus Blue Jackets24713418769835-7-12-6-33-6-1
Western Conference
Central Division
Colorado Avalanche211560301480598-2-07-4-07-3-0
Dallas Stars201352281268575-4-18-1-16-3-1
Winnipeg Jets211272261271616-4-16-3-17-3-0
St. Louis Blues211191231061656-3-05-6-16-4-0
Nashville Predators2111100221170668-4-03-6-06-4-0
Arizona Coyotes21109222868645-4-05-5-25-4-1
Minnesota Wild20610416560784-4-22-6-23-5-2
Chicago Blackhawks20713014753733-6-04-7-03-7-0
Pacific Division
Vegas Golden Knights231454321174578-2-16-3-33-4-3
Vancouver Canucks231571311591578-1-17-6-05-5-0
Los Angeles Kings201343291377494-4-39-0-07-2-1
Calgary Flames22910321964754-3-15-7-25-3-2
Seattle Kraken23810521765824-6-14-4-44-4-2
Anaheim Ducks22913018959764-8-05-5-02-8-0
Edmonton Oilers21812117771785-4-13-8-06-4-0
San Jose Sharks22515212536905-6-20-9-04-5-1


November 30, 1893 – It was only the 2nd time these two schools met on the gridiron but the early Tigers seemed to have figured out the game as Auburn thwarted Alabama 40-16 before a crowd in Montgomery, Alabama in the second Iron Bowl contest. According to ncaa.com the first Iron Bowl was played earlier that year on February 22, 1983. 

November 30, 1912 – AAA Grounds, Hamilton. Ontario – The home team Hamilton Alerts won their only Canadian title by surviving the Toronto Argonauts, 11-4 in the 4th time the Grey Cup was played per Onthisday.com.

November 30, 1924 – This day marked the end of the NFL season and with it the Cleveland Bulldogs had a slightly better record than the Chicago Bears so in an era without a postseason the Dogs were the champs. According to the American Football Database, the Bears were unsettled by this and challenged Cleveland to a post season re-match. The Bears won the post season contest just as they had in 1921 when they challenged Buffalo All-Americans who had the best record but George Halas and company declared themselves champs after winning the challenge. This time when they did it in 1924 the NFL stepped in and declared that any games played after November 30, 1924 were merely exhibition games and did not count against the 1924 NFL season. So the 1924 National Football League Champions were the Cleveland Bulldogs. Make sure you read on below in our Hall of Fame Birthday’s segments to learn about one of these Bulldogs top players.

November 30, 1929 – AAA Grounds, Hamilton – Onthisday.com shares that the Hamilton Tigers won their 4th title as they outscored the Regina Roughriders, 14-3 in the 17h edition of the Canadian Grey Cup. 

November 30, 1937 – The 3rd time the Heisman Trophy was awarded it went to  Clint Frank the halfback from Yale University. Heisman.com has a great photo on their site found at the link on their name of the official ballot for this 1937 vote.

November 30, 1940 – Varsity Stadium, Toronto – The website cbc.ca tells us that Ottawa defeated Toronto Balmy Beach, 8-2 in this controversial and unique Grey Cup Contest. The Winnipeg Blue Bombers were not able to play in the game to defend their title due to a rules dispute with the league. So to be fair the powers that be initiated a two game Grey Cup to determine a winner.  Both games were played in heavy snow and Ottawa came out the other side as the Champs. 

November 30, 1946 – Irish Legends.com tells us that Notre Dame clinched their first of two straight national titles by romping past USC 26-6 at Notre Dame Stadium.

November 30, 1946 – At the CFL Grey Cup, Varsity Stadium, Toronto it was the Toronto Argonauts who claimed a 7th Championship banner and retained the Grey Cup title with a 28-6 win over Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

November 30, 1954 – 20th Heisman Trophy Award went to Alan Ameche the University of Wisconsin Fullback.  Ameche was a rugged tough runner and that earned him the nickname of “The Iron Horse” according to Heisman.com. The site’s bio on Alan also states that Ameche earned All-American honors for the third time as a senior, rushing for 641 yards and nine touchdowns while again playing both offense and defense and averaging 55 minutes of playing time per game. He finished his career as the NCAA’s all-time leading rusher with 3,345 yards and was awarded the Heisman Trophy over Kurt Burris of Oklahoma and Howard Cassady of Ohio State.

November 30, 1957 – Varsity Stadium, Toronto – A the 45th Grey Cup final it was the Hamilton Tiger-Cats who took home their 2nd CFL title after they dispatched the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, 32-7. The website cfl.ca has the full story recap.

November 30, 1957 – Legion Field , Birmingham – The 22nd Iron Bowl was an extremely one sided affair as the Auburn Tigers dominated Alabama 40-0 as shared by Onthisday.com.

November 30, 1959 – The fledgling American Football League chooses former World War II ace pilot and former Governor of South Dakota, Joe Foss, as the first commissioner of AFL per the South Dakota HOF website. Joe Foss’s leadership made the NFL extremely uncomfortable as he made lucrative television deals, including the initial five-year, $10.6 million contract with ABC in 1960 & later with NBC for even bigger returns to broadcast AFL games. Foss led the upstart league until 1965 about two months prior to talks with the NFL starting in considering working together instead as mere rivals to promote professional football.

November 30, 1959 – Once again the NFL Draft was held, this time for the upcoming 1960 season. Heisman Trophy winner, halfback Billy Cannon from the 1959 National Champion LSU Tigers was the top pick of the draft by the Los Angeles Rams. Cannon was also the territorial or bonus pick in the new AFL Draft as well earlier on November 22, 1959 by the Houston Oilers per a Saturdaydownsouth.com website story. His contract rights were fought in a court of law and Billy ended up playing with the AFL in Houston and later in Oakland with the Raiders. Billy led the Oilers to back-to-back AFL championships in 1960-61. He also led the AFL in total yards in 1961, going over 2,000 yards for the season. He scored the game-winning touchdown in the 1960 championship game and was MVP of both title games. Injury forced him to play tight end with the Raiders where he played in their first Super Bowl victory. Billy Cannon finished his great career as a member of the KC Chiefs.

November 30, 1963 – Empire Stadium, Vancouver – The CFL’s 51st Grey Cup had the Hamilton Tiger-Cats beating up on the BC Lions, 21-10. The game featured a very controversial sequence involving American players Angelo Mosca and Willie Fleming which my fellow Sports History Network podcast host Os Davis tells in great entertaining detail on his episode #3 of the TrulytheGOATs podcast.

November 30, 1963 – Legion Field, Birmingham – Auburn scored their first points in five seasons in the series in this 28th playing of the Iron Bowl. The points were not a lot but just enough to hold off the Crimson Tide as Auburn survives Alabama 10-8. Warblogle.com has a great story on this game that pitted the sixth ranked Tide led by signal caller Joe Namath against the number nine in the nation Tigers and their nifty quarterback Jimmy Sidle. But obviously as the score indicates it was the defenses that starred in this game.

November 30, 1968 – CNE Stadium, Toronto – Ottawa Rough Riders defeat Calgary Stampeder, 24-21 in the 56th playing of the CFL’s Grey Cup. The site Sports Team History fills us in that the Most Valuable Player was Vic Washington whose 79-yard scoring run in the contest set a Grey Cup record and had a huge impact on the outcome of this championship game.

November 30, 1968 – Legion Field, Birmingham – Those who watched the 33rd Iron Bowl were in for a real treat. The Paul W. Bryant Museum, must visit place by the way, shares a great clip on YouTube that shows us how Alabama defeated Auburn 24-16 in this classic matchup.

November 30, 1969 – Autostade, Montreal – It was the first CFL Grey Cup played on a Sunday and a match up of the Roughriders against the Rough Riders. The Montreal Gazette gives us the detail in this 57th version of the Cup which had the Ottawa Rough Riders come out on top as they knocked off the Saskatchewan Roughriders, 29-11.

November 30, 1976  – The voters for the 42nd Heisman Trophy Award really didn’t have to do much deliberation as there was one clear choice that season. Tony Dorsett, the running back from the University of Pittsburgh, had helped his team to an undefeated season and an eventual National Championship. Dorsett set 18 NCAA rushing records that season according to Heisman.com’s bio on him. Tony Dorsett averaged 215 yards rushing per game en route to leading the nation in rushing with 1,948 yards in the 1976 season.

November 30, 1985 – Legion Field, Birmingham – AL.com shares a great article with us on the 50th Iron Bowl. This game has come down to be remembered by many as “the Kick.”  You have to watch the video below as well as reading the AL.com story to fully appreciate what happened in the last 57 seconds of this classic SEC contest which saw Alabama come from behind to get past Auburn 25-23!  In particular you must see the block that Bama quarterback Mike Shula lays on an unsuspecting defender to  spring a runner on the crucial 4th down play!

November 30, 1986 – BC Place, Vancouver – In the 74th Grey Cup game for the CFL Championship it was the Hamilton Tiger-Cats who defeated the Edmonton Eskimos by the score of 39-15 per Onthisday.com.

November 30, 1991 – Legion Field, Birmingham – The annual SEC matchup of Alabama and Auburn was another dandy in the 56th Iron Bowl. Onthisday.com informs us that this would be the last time Auburn would be the “home” team in the series played at Legion Field as the Tigers brass insisted that future Auburn hosted contests be played at Auburn’s Jordan-Hare Stadium. Alabama spoiled the nostalgia of the Tigers fans though as the Tide outlasted Auburn in a 13-6 exciting game.

November 30, 1993 – Rosemont, Illinois – The Jacksonville Jaguars franchise is officially launched. Jaguars.com shares the story of how NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue surprised the viewers when he announced that the League’s 30th franchise would be based in Jacksonville when the front running cities seemed to be St. Louis, Baltimore or Memphis. https://www.jaguars.com/news/a-city-stuns-the-sports-world-13623754November 30, 2013 – Jordan-Hare Stadium, Auburn, Alabama – The 78th edition of the Iron Bowl series had to be one of the most stunning endings of all time! With little time remaining Alabama lined up to attempt a 56 yard field goal to break a 28-28 tie. What happened has to be witnessed in the video below as the emotion of the announcers is priceless! In short the kick fell short and Auburn’s Chris Davis caught the kick in the back of the end zone and raced 109 yards to paydirt to put the Auburn Tigers on top as they overcame the Tide of Alabama 34-28 in one of the most dramatic and unexpected endings of all time!

November 30, 2014 – BC Place, Vancouver – The Calgary Stampeders squeaked past the  Hamilton Tiger-Cats 20-16 for their 7th Championship in the 102nd playing of the CFL’s Grey Cup as cbc.ca covers the action.

November 30, 2019 – it was another classic matchup of the two SEC and National powerhouses when the 83rd Iron Bowl pitted the #16 Auburn Tigers against #5 in the nation Alabama. According to AuburnTigers.com the scoring was in great supply as Auburn fueled by two pick sixes held on after a late missed field goal to win 48-45 over their rivals.


35 – 20 – 26 – 68 – 15 – 27 – 33 – 19 – 24 – 8

November 30, 1954 – 20th Heisman Trophy Award went to Wisconsin full back Number 35, Alan Ameche. 

November 30, 1959 – 1960 NFL Draft Number 20, Billy Cannon from LSU became the first pick by Los Angeles Rams

November 30, 1961 – Billy Williams, Number 26, of the Chicago Cubs was voted NL Rookie of Year

November 30, 1963 – CFL Grey Cup, Empire Stadium, Vancouver: Hamilton Tiger-Cats defeat BC Lions, 21-10; features controversial sequence involving American players Number 68, Angelo Mosca and Number 15, Willie Fleming

November 30, 1968 – CFL Grey Cup, CNE Stadium, Toronto: Ottawa Rough Riders defeat Calgary Stampeder, 24-21; MVP Number 27, Vic Washington’s 79-yard TD run remains a Grey Cup record

November 30, 1976 – The 42nd Heisman Trophy Award was given to Pitt Panthers running back, Number 33, Tony Dorsett. 

November 30, 1981 – NY Yankee Number 19, Dave Righetti wins AL Rookie of Year Award

November 30, 1993 – NFL formally announced its 30th franchise would be the Jacksonville Jaguars

November 30, 2015 – LA Lakers star , Number 24, Kobe Bryant announced his intention to retire at the end of the season. The Lakers retired not only the Number 24 but also the jersey Bryant wore earlier in his career Number 8.


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