INDIANA SRN BROADCAST SCHEDULE

Fri Oct 296:50p#7 Warren Central @ #13 Lawrence Central6A Sectional 13 Football
Fri Oct 296:50p#4 Mt Vernon vs #11 Greenfield Central4A Sectional 21 Football
Fri Oct 296:50pTindley vs #9 Covenant Christian1A Sectional 46 Football
Fri Oct 296:50p#15 Carroll @ #19 Traders Pt1A Sectional 42 Football
Sat Oct 301:15pAnderson @ Mt St JosephCollege Football
Tue Nov 26:20pLiberty Christian @ Central ChristianBasketball
Fri Nov 56pIHSVCA Annual BanquetVolleyball
Fri Nov 56:50pTBASectional Championship Football
Sat Nov 61:15pRose-Hulman @ FranklinCollege Football
Sat Nov 61:50pHCAC Conference Semi Final 1College Volleyball
Sat Nov 64:50pHCAC Conference Semi Final 2College Volleyball
Sat Nov 67:20pTriton Central @ Greenwood ChristianBasketball
Sun Nov 712:50pHCAC Conference ChampionshipCollege Volleyball
Thur Nov 117:20pLapel @ Heritage ChristianBasketball
Fri Nov 126:50pTBARegional Football
Sat Nov 1311:20aTraders Pt @ Indpls LutheranBasketball
Sat Nov 131:15pFranklin @ HanoverCollege Football
Fri Nov 196:20pAnderson Prep @ Central ChristianBasketball
Sat Nov 201:20pMartinsville @ ChatardBasketball
Sat Nov 201:20pBloomington North @ Covenant ChristianBasketball

WORLD SERIES GAME TWO

Houston 7 Atlanta 2 (series tied 1 – 1)

BOX SCORE: http://hosted.stats.com/mlb/boxscore.asp?gamecode=411027118&home=18&vis=15&final=true

Thursday, Oct. 28
• Travel Day

Friday, Oct. 29
• Astros at Braves, Game 3 (FOX, 8 p.m. ET)

Saturday, Oct. 30
• Astros at Braves, Game 4 (FOX, 8 p.m. ET)

Sunday, Oct. 31
• Astros at Braves, Game 5* (FOX, 8 p.m. ET)

Monday, Nov. 1
• Travel Day*

Tuesday, Nov. 2
• Braves at Astros, Game 6* — (FOX, 8 p.m. ET)

Wednesday, Nov. 3
• Braves at Astros, Game 7* — (FOX, 8 p.m. ET)

NBA SCOREBOARD

Toronto 118 Indiana 100

Charlotte 120 Orlando 111

Washington 116 Boston 107

Atlanta 102 New Orleans 99

Miami 106 Brooklyn 93

Minnesota 113 Milwaukee 108

Oklahoma City 123 LA Lakers 115

Sacramento 110 Phoenix 107

Portland 116 Memphis 96

Cleveland 92 LA Clippers 79

BOX SCORES: http://hosted.stats.com/nba/scoreboard.asp

THURSDAYS SCHEDULE

Detroit at Philadelphia

Atlanta at Washington

New York at Chicago.

Utah at Houston

San Antonio at Dallas

Memphis at Golden State

NHL SCOREBOARD

Florida 4 Boston 1

Detroit 3 Washington 2

Toronto 3 Chicago 2

Vegas 3 Dallas 2

Philadelphia 5 Edmonton 3

BOX SCORES: http://hosted.stats.com/nhl/scoreboard.asp

THURSDAYS SCHEDULE

Arizona at Tampa Bay

Calgary at Pittsburgh

Boston at Carolina

Colorado at St. Louis

Philadelphia at Vancouver

Buffalo at Anaheim

Minnesota at Seattle

Winnipeg at Los Angeles

Montréal at San Jose

MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER

New England 1 Colorado 0

Columbus 3 Orlando City 2

DC 1 New York 0

Toronto 2 Philadelphia 2

New York City FC 1 Chicago 0

Nashville 6 Cincinnati 3

Atlanta 2 Inter Miami 1

Real Salt Lake 2 Dallas 1

Sporting KC 2 Los Angeles 0

Vancouver 2 Minnesota 1

Portland 2 San Jose 0

BOX SCORES: http://hosted.stats.com/mls/scoreboard_daily.asp

SATURDAYS SCHEDULE

Miami at New York City FC

Real Salt Lake at San Jose

New York at Montréal

Atlanta at Toronto

DC at Columbus

Dallas at Austin

INDIANA HIGH SCHOOL SECTIONAL SCHEDULE SECTIONAL SEMI-FINALS

SECTIONAL 1

Crown Point (5-4) at Merrillville (9-0)

Lafayette Jeff (6-3) at Lake Central (3-6)

SECTIONAL 2

Portage (2-7) at Chesterton (6-3)

Penn (4-5) at Elkhart (5-4)

SECTIONAL 3

Homestead (6-3) at Carroll (Fort Wayne) (8-1)

SECTIONAL 4

Westfield (8-1) at Noblesville (2-7)

Fishers (6-3) at Hamilton Southeastern (7-2)

SECTIONAL 5

Carmel (8-1) at Avon (1-8)

Brownsburg (7-2) at Pike (1-8)

SECTIONAL 6

Southport (0-9) at Ben Davis (4-5)

Perry Meridian (2-7) at Indianapolis Tech (5-4)

SECTIONAL 7

North Central (Indianapolis) (1-8) at Lawrence North (5-3)

Warren Central (5-3) at Lawrence Central (3-6)

SECTIONAL 8

Center Grove (9-0) at Franklin Central (4-5)

SECTIONAL 9

Munster (2-7) at Hammond Central (2-7)

Hammond Morton (1-5) at Valparaiso (8-1)

SECTIONAL 10

Michigan City (6-3) at South Bend Adams (4-6)

Mishawaka (7-2) at Concord (9-1)

SECTIONAL 11

Fort Wayne Northrop (3-6) at Fort Wayne Snider (7-1)

Fort Wayne North (2-6) at Fort Wayne Dwenger (5-4)

SECTIONAL 12

Harrison (West Lafayette) (8-1) at Zionsville (5-5)

Anderson (2-4) at Kokomo (7-2)

SECTIONAL 13

Plainfield (4-5) at Indianapolis Cathedral (9-1)

Decatur Central (8-1) at Terre Haute South (1-8)

SECTIONAL 14

Columbus East (4-5) at Whiteland (5-3)

Franklin (3-6) at New Palestine (6-3)

SECTIONAL 15

Bloomington South (6-2) at Castle (7-2)

Evansville North (5-4) at Bloomington North (6-3)

SECTIONAL 16

New Albany (6-3) at Floyd Central (4-6)

Seymour (3-5) at Bedford North Lawrence (4-5)

SECTIONAL 17

Gary West (6-2) at Lowell (7-3)

East Chicago Central (2-6) at Hobart (7-3)

SECTIONAL 18

Kankakee Valley (4-6) at South Bend St. Joseph (3-7)

New Prairie (8-2) at Culver Academy (7-3)

SECTIONAL 19

DeKalb (2-8) at Leo (10-0)

Columbia City (5-5) at Northridge (6-4)

SECTIONAL 20

Fort Wayne Wayne (3-7) at Delta (5-5)

Mississinewa (7-2) at New Haven (5-5)

SECTIONAL 21

Connersville (2-8) at Richmond (2-8)

Mount Vernon (Fortville) (9-1) at Greenfield-Central (7-3)

SECTIONAL 22

Indianapolis Shortridge (3-4) at Indianapolis Chatard (6-4)

Lebanon (7-3) at Indianapolis Roncalli (10-0)

SECTIONAL 23

South Dearborn (7-3) at Martinsville (6-4)

East Central (8-2) at Mooresville (8-2)

SECTIONAL 24

Evansville Central (2-7) at Evansville Memorial (8-2)

Evansville Reitz (4-6) at Northview (8-1)

SECTIONAL 25

Benton Central (1-6) at Hanover Central (9-1)

River Forest (5-3) at Knox (4-6)

SECTIONAL 26

John Glenn (5-4) at Jimtown (8-2)

Mishawaka Marian (7-3) at Tippecanoe Valley (10-0)

SECTIONAL 27

Fort Wayne Concordia (2-7) at Norwell (9-1)

Peru (7-2) at Oak Hill (8-2)

SECTIONAL 28

Brebeuf Jesuit (8-2) at North Montgomery (4-4)

Guerin Catholic (3-7) at Western Boone (6-4)

SECTIONAL 29

Tri-West (8-2) at Indianapolis Ritter (1-9)

Danville (9-1) at Indian Creek (3-7)

SECTIONAL 30

Vincennes Lincoln (2-8) at Edgewood (2-7)

Owen Valley (8-1) at Brown County (5-5)

SECTIONAL 31

Brownstown Central (10-0) at Batesville (6-4)

Lawrenceburg (9-1) at Greensburg (4-4)

SECTIONAL 32

Heritage Hills (8-2) at Evansville Bosse (3-7)

Salem (6-2) at Gibson Southern (9-1)

SECTIONAL 33

Rensselaer Central (6-4) at Andrean (7-3)

Boone Grove (2-6) at Whiting (4-6)

SECTIONAL 34

Delphi (7-3) at Pioneer (8-2)

Bremen (7-3) at LaVille (7-2)

SECTIONAL 35

Eastside (10-0) at Central Noble (8-2)

Fort Wayne Luers (9-1) at Prairie Heights (4-6)

SECTIONAL 36

Tipton (9-1) at Alexandria (4-5)

SECTIONAL 37

Lafayette Central Catholic (6-4) at Southmont (6-4)

Monrovia (7-3) at Speedway (8-2)

SECTIONAL 38

Shenandoah (4-4) at Indianapolis Scecina (7-3)

Centerville (9-0) at Northeastern (6-4)

SECTIONAL 39

Paoli (6-2) at Providence (5-5)

Clarksville (3-7) at Triton Central (6-4)

SECTIONAL 40

North Knox (8-2) at North Posey (8-2)

Evansville Mater Dei (8-2) at Linton-Stockton (10-0)

SECTIONAL 41

South Central (Union Mills) (5-3) at Culver (3-5)

North Judson (6-3) at Winamac (8-0)

SECTIONAL 42

Tri-County (0-8) at Clinton Prairie (5-4)

Carroll (Flora) (7-3) at Traders Point Christian (5-5)

SECTIONAL 43

Monroe Central (10-0) at South Adams (8-2)

Taylor (1-5) at Union City (5-4)

SECTIONAL 44

Triton (3-6) at Northfield (7-3)

Southwood (5-5) at Adams Central (9-1)

SECTIONAL 45

South Putnam (8-2) at Parke Heritage (8-2)

Covington (8-2) at Riverton Parke (3-6)

SECTIONAL 46

Indianapolis Tindley (4-4) at Covenant Christian (6-4)

Indianapolis Lutheran (10-0) at Park Tudor (8-2)

SECTIONAL 47

Milan (4-6) at North Decatur (5-4)

Tri (8-2) at Knightstown (1-7)

SECTIONAL 48

West Washington (4-4) at Springs Valley (8-1)

Tecumseh (3-6) at North Central (Farmersburg) (4-5)

INDIANA BOYS AND GIRLS SOCCER STATE FINALS

Friday, October 29, 2021
6 pm ET | Boys Class 2A | West Lafayette (18-1-2) vs. Brebeuf Jesuit (12-7-2) 
8 pm ET | Boys Class A | Westview (16-5) vs. Providence (15-3-3)

Saturday, October 30, 2021
11 am ET | Girls Class A | Andrean (15-3-3) vs. Heritage Christian (14-8)
1:30 pm ET | Girls Class 2A | Mishawaka Marian (20-3) vs. Evansville Memorial (19-3-1)
4 pm ET | Girls Class 3A | Homestead (20-0) vs. Carmel (18-2-2)
6:30 pm ET | Boys Class 3A | Noblesville (19-1-1) vs. Carmel (16-3-2)

INDIANA VOLLEYBALL SEMI-STATE PAIRINGS

North

1. Huntington North
Class 2A | Andrean (30-5) vs. South Adams (28-8) | 1 pm ET / 12 pm CT
Class 3A | West Lafayette (27-2) vs. Bellmont (29-5) | Approx. 2:30 pm ET / 1:30 pm CT

2. Frankfort
Class A | Kouts (27-7) vs. Lafayette Central Catholic (25-9) | 4 pm ET / 3 pm CT
Class 4A | Penn (36-1) vs. McCutcheon (28-6) | Approx. 5:30 pm ET / 4:30 pm CT

South

3. Columbus East
Class A | Bloomfield (20-11) vs. Trinity Lutheran (29-4) | 1 pm ET / 12 pm CT
Class 3A | Brebeuf Jesuit (30-3) vs. Silver Creek (23-11) | Approx. 2:30 pm ET / 1:30 pm CT

4. Jasper
Class 2A | Western Boone (26-8) vs. North Posey (27-5) | 4 pm ET / 3 pm CT
Class 4A | Roncalli (28-5) vs. Castle (30-2) | Approx. 5:30 pm ET / 4:30 pm CT

STATE CROSS COUNTRY FINALS

Site: LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course, Wabash Valley Sports Center, 599 S. Tabortown Road, Terre Haute, IN  47803.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCHEDULE

Week 9

Thursday, Oct. 28

Troy at No. 24 Coastal Carolina | 7:30 p.m. | ESPNU

South Florida at East Carolina | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN

Friday, Oct. 29

Navy at Tulsa | 7:30 p.m. | ESPN2

UNLV at Nevada | 10 p.m. | CBSSN

Saturday, Oct. 30

No. 9 Iowa at Wisconsin | 12 p.m. | ESPN

No. 2 Cincinnati at Tulane | 12 p.m. | ESPN2

No. 6 Michigan at No. 8 Michigan State | 12 p.m. | Fox

Miami at No. 17 Pitt | 12 p.m. | ACC Network

Indiana at Maryland | 12 p.m. | Big Ten Network

Virginia Tech at Georgia Tech | 12 p.m. | ACC Network

Bowling Green at Buffalo | 12 p.m. | CBSSN

UCF at Temple | 12 p.m. | ESPN+

UMass at Liberty | 12 p.m. | ESPN3

Texas at No. 16 Baylor | 12 p.m. | ABC

Texas State at Louisiana | 12 p.m. | ESPNU

Rutgers at Illinois | 12 p.m. | Big Ten Network

No. 22 Iowa State at West Virginia | 2 p.m. | ESPN+

North Texas at Rice | 2 p.m. | ESPN3

Hawai’i at Utah State | 3 p.m. | Spectrum Sports

Washington State at Arizona State | 3 p.m. | FS1

Missouri at Vanderbilt | 3 p.m. | SEC Network

No. 1 Georgia vs. Florida (Jacksonville, Florida) | 3:30 p.m. | CBS

FIU at Marshall | 3:30 p.m. | Stadium

Louisiana Tech at Old Dominion | 3:30 p.m. | CBSSN

Texas Tech at No. 4 Oklahoma | 3:30 p.m. | ABC

Colorado at No. 7 Oregon | 3:30 p.m. | FOX

Florida State at Clemson | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN

Southern Miss at Middle Tennessee | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN+

UL Monroe at Appalachian State | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN+

Boston College at Syracuse | 3:30 p.m. | ACC Network

TCU at Kansas State | 3:30 p.m. | ESPNU

Minnesota at Northwestern | 3:30 p.m. | Big Ten Network

Purdue at Nebraska | 3:30 p.m. | ESPN2

Duke at No. 13 Wake Forest | 4 p.m. | ACC Network

Wyoming at San Jose State | 4 p.m. | FS2

Charlotte at Western Kentucky | 4 p.m. | ESPN+

Arkansas State at South Alabama | 5 p.m. | ESPN+

UTEP at FAU | 6 p.m. | ESPN3

Georgia State at Georgia Southern | 6 p.m. | ESPN+

No. 10 Ole Miss at No. 18 Auburn | 7 p.m. | ESPN

Kansas at No. 15 Oklahoma State | 7 p.m. | FS1

No. 19 SMU at Houston | 7 p.m. | ESPN2

No. 12 Kentucky at Mississippi State | 7 p.m. | SEC Network

Arizona at USC | 7 p.m. | ESPN2 or ESPNU

Oregon State at Cal | 7 p.m. | Pac-12 Network

Boise State at Colorado State | 7 p.m. | CBSSN

No. 20 Penn State at No. 5 Ohio State | 7:30 p.m. | ABC

Louisville at NC State | 7:30 p.m. | ACC Network

North Carolina at No. 11 Notre Dame | 7:30 p.m. | NBC

UCLA at Utah | 10 p.m. | ESPN

Virginia at No. 25 BYU | 10:15 p.m. | ESPN2

Fresno State at No. 21 San Diego State | 10:30 p.m. | CBSSN

Washington at Stanford | 10:30 p.m. | FS1

NFL SCHEDULE WEEK 8

Thursday, October 28, 2021

Green Bay Packers at Arizona Cardinals (Thu) 5:20p (MT) 8:20p FOX/NFLN/AMAZON**

Sunday, October 31, 2021

Carolina Panthers at Atlanta Falcons 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

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

San Francisco 49ers at Chicago Bears 12:00p (CT) 1:00p FOX

Pittsburgh Steelers at Cleveland Browns 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Philadelphia Eagles at Detroit Lions 1:00p (ET) 1:00p FOX

Los Angeles Rams at Houston Texans 12:00p (CT) 1:00p FOX

Tennessee Titans at Indianapolis Colts 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

Cincinnati Bengals at New York Jets 1:00p (ET) 1:00p CBS

New England Patriots at Los Angeles Chargers 1:05p (PT) 4:05p CBS

Jacksonville Jaguars at Seattle Seahawks 1:05p (PT) 4:05p CBS

Washington Football Team at Denver Broncos 2:25p (MT) 4:25p FOX

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New Orleans Saints 3:25p (CT) 4:25p FOX

Dallas Cowboys at Minnesota Vikings 7:20p (CT) 8:20p NBC*

Monday, November 01, 2021

New York Giants at Kansas City Chiefs (Mon) 7:15p (CT) 8:15p ESPN

INDIANA SRN GIRLS PRE-SEASON BASKETBALL POLLS

4A

  1. North Central
  2. Penn
  3. Noblesville
  4. Franklin
  5. Fishers

3A

  1. Silver Creek
  2. Hamilton Heights
  3. Salem
  4. Chatard
  5. Garrett

2A

  1. Linton Stockton
  2. Triton Central
  3. Clinton Prairie
  4. Cascade
  5. Frankton

1A

  1. Trinity Lutheran
  2. Loogootee
  3. Greenwood Christian
  4. Union City
  5. Waldron

Indiana SRN broadcast schedule – girls basketball

11-2 Liberty Christian @ Central Christian

11-20 Bloomington North @ Covenant

11-6 Triton Central @ GCA

11-23 Park Heritage @ Covenant

11-13 Traders Point @ Lutheran

11-24 Cathedral @ Bishop Chatard

11-19 Anderson Prep @ Central Christian

11-27 GCA @ Waldron

11-20 Martinsville @ Bishop Chatard

World Siri: Rookie propels Astros past Braves to tie Series

HOUSTON (AP) Jose Siri launched himself headfirst into home plate, popped up with arms flexed and screamed with all his might.

Welcome to the World Series, rook.

The career minor leaguer sparked a team whose biggest stars took a while to shine, sending the Houston Astros to a 7-2 victory over the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday night that evened the Fall Classic at one game apiece.

“It’s a long ways from waiver wire and Triple-A to the World Series,” Houston manager Dusty Baker said. “And he’s handled it pretty well.”

Jose Altuve doubled early, homered late and scored twice to break out at the plate. Siri’s speed and aggressive play created havoc on the bases, leading to a four-run second inning that helped the Astros snap a five-game skid at home in the World Series.

It’s the first time they’ve won a Series game in Houston since a 13-12 victory over the Dodgers in 10 innings in Game 5 on Oct. 29, 2017.

Altuve hit a leadoff double and scored in the first inning before adding a solo homer in the seventh as the October-tested Astros rolled past the suddenly sloppy Braves. It was the 22nd career postseason homer for Altuve, tying Bernie Williams for second-most behind Manny Ramirez (29).

“You can be 0 for 20,” Altuve said. “But what about if you get the big hit? So that’s what playoffs is about.”

Siri and Altuve ignited an offense still waiting on a big swing from Carlos Correa, Alex Bregman and ALCS MVP Yordan Alvarez in this Series.

Jose Urquidy gave the Astros five solid innings for his second career World Series win and Houston’s bullpen – already so important this postseason – did the rest. Cristian Javier, Phil Maton, Ryan Pressly and Kendall Graveman combined for one-hit ball over four scoreless innings.

“I was very focused,” said Urquidy, a rookie when he beat Washington in the 2019 Fall Classic. “I love it. I love the feeling.”

The best-of-seven series shifts to Atlanta for the first of three games Friday night, with Ian Anderson scheduled to pitch for the Braves against rookie Luis Garcia.

The Astros jumped on Atlanta starter Max Fried for seven hits and six runs in five-plus innings.

The game was tied at 1 when Kyle Tucker got things going in the second with a one-out single before advancing to third on a single by Yuli Gurriel. The speedy Siri, who made his major league debut Sept. 3, then beat out an infield single to score Tucker and put the Astros on top.

That made Siri the first player to debut in September or later and drive in a run in that year’s World Series.

Hey Siri: How does that feel?

Martin Maldonado grounded a single to left fielder Eddie Rosario that scored Gurriel.

The usually fundamentally sound Braves then misplayed things all around. Rosario threw to an unoccupied third base and the ball rolled into foul territory, allowing Siri to dash home on the error.

“There’s so many baseball plays that don’t go like you want,” Atlanta manager Brian Snitker said. “We just kind of got caught in between a little bit.”

Siri stood at the plate reveling in the spotlight.

“Vamos,” Spanish for `let’s go,’ he hollered again and again.

Stuck in the minors since 2013, the excitable 26-year-old outfielder is now a World Siri. Before Wednesday he was most known for almost knocking over the 72-year-old Baker en route to celebrating a teammate’s postseason exploits.

This moment was all his.

“I’ve never had fear,” Siri said through a translator. “I’m not scared.”

The crowd, so quiet a night before, roared as Siri bounded toward the dugout. A fan in the lower deck displayed a sign that read: “Don’t Poke The Bear” as the Astros rediscovered their potent offense after Tuesday night’s dud of a 6-2 loss.

The Braves had a visit at the mound to try and regroup after that fiasco of a play but Fried threw a wild pitch soon afterward to send Maldonado to third. There were two outs when Michael Brantley singled, pumping his fist as he left the batter’s box to send another run home that made it 5-1.

Urquidy permitted six hits and two runs while striking out seven and walking none to rebound from a clunker in Game 3 of the AL Championship Series when he allowed five runs while getting just five outs against Boston.

Altuve’s leadoff double got the Astros going a night after the star second baseman went 0 for 5 in the first three-strikeout game of his postseason career. He advanced to third on a fly ball by Brantley before scoring on Bregman’s sacrifice fly to make it 1-0.

Urquidy got off to a much better start than teammate Framber Valdez did in Game 1. It was a low bar, though, after Valdez was rocked for a leadoff homer by Jorge Soler on Tuesday night.

Urquidy struck out his first two batters before allowing consecutive singles to Ozzie Albies and Austin Riley. Soler then came to the plate, and the right-hander avoided the first-inning trouble Valdez got into when he fanned the big designated hitter to escape the jam.

Travis d’Arnaud homered for Atlanta in the second to tie it 1-all. Dansby Swanson singled, but Gurriel grabbed Rosario’s liner to first base for the third out.

An RBI single by Freddie Freeman cut the lead to 5-2 in the fifth.

“Obviously, you want to win two. But if you get out of here with a split, then that’s a good thing going home,” Snitker said.

UP NEXT

Garcia pitched no-hit ball into the sixth inning during his last start in Game 6 of the ALCS to lead the Astros to the win.

Anderson allowed one run in four innings of a start in Game 6 of the NLCS.

Which Cleveland Guardians? Roller derby team sues MLB team

CLEVELAND (AP) A roller derby team that has called itself the Cleveland Guardians since 2013 sued the city’s Major League Baseball team in federal court in Cleveland on Wednesday alleging that the switch from Indians to Guardians infringes on its trademark.

“A Major League club cannot simply take a smaller team’s name and use it for itself,” the lawsuit said. “There cannot be two `Cleveland Guardians’ teams in Cleveland, and, to be blunt, Plaintiff was here first.”

The Cleveland Indians announced in July that it would assume the name Guardians for the 2022 season after years of criticism that the Indians name and Chief Wahoo logo were racist. The new name, the team has said, was influenced in part by the two large Art Deco statues that appear to stand guard on a bridge spanning the Cuyahoga River.

The all gender roller derby team is based in the Cleveland suburb of Parma. It formally registered the name Cleveland Guardians in 2017 with the Ohio secretary of state and has been selling team merchandise since 2014, the lawsuit said.

In a statement Wednesday, the Indians said, “We have been and continue to be confident in our position to become the Guardians. We believe there is no conflict between the parties and their ability to operate in their respective business areas.”

In April, the baseball team filed a trademark application for the Guardians name in the East African island nation of Mauritius, “effectively hiding the application unless one knew where to look,” the lawsuit said.

The baseball team contacted the roller derby team in June, telling team officials it was considering using the name Guardians, and asked the roller derby team to send a photo of its jersey, the lawsuit said.

When the roller derby team offered to sell the rights to the Guardians name to the baseball team, the Indians offered to pay a “nominal amount” that the roller derby team rejected, the lawsuit said.

The baseball team subsequently made another trademark filing in Mauritius for the team logo, the lawsuit said. The team also filed two federal trademark applications in July claiming exclusive rights to the Guardians name.

Negotiations between the two teams over rights to the name began after the baseball team’s July announcement, and broke down on Tuesday, the lawsuit said.

The roller derby team wants the baseball team to advertise and promote that it would no longer call itself the Guardians with “at least as much effort and resources” used to promote the new name, the lawsuit said.

It also wants the baseball team to establish a fund equal to what the team spends on advertising and promotions if it continues using the Guardians name so the roller derby team can buy “corrective advertising.”

Mark Sommers, a Washington-based trademark attorney for the Finnegan law firm, said a judge would have to determine whether the Guardians name will cause confusion for fans who follow both the baseball and roller derby teams.

“If there’s no intersect between the two brands, there’s no likelihood of confusion,” Sommers said.

The lawsuit is likely to settle before it reaches trial, Sommers said.

“Money is a great influencer of resolving trademark cases,” he said. “The field of play, as it were, is best resolved through negotiation and resolution than a court of law.”

The Cleveland Indians’ name change is scheduled to become official in the middle of November.

AP sources: Saints negotiating with Texans for Mark Ingram

NEW ORLEANS (AP) The Houston Texans and New Orleans Saints were working toward a trade Wednesday night that would send running back Mark Ingram to New Orleans, where he spent the first eight seasons of his career, two people person familiar with the situation said.

The people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because not all aspect of the trade had been completed.

But one of the people said talks were “trending” toward an agreement in principle regarding Ingram’s move back to New Orleans.

Ingram has played in seven games for Houston this season, rushing 92 times for 294 yards and a touchdown. He also has seven catches for 24 yards.

The former Alabama Heisman Trophy winner was drafted 28th overall by New Orleans in 2011. He spent the previous two seasons with Baltimore, where he had his last 1,000-yard season as a rusher in 2019.

Ingram, 31, twice rushed for more than 1,000 yards in a season in New Orleans. He rushed for a career-best 1,124 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2017, the first of two seasons he worked in tandem with Alvin Kamara in the Saints’ backfield.

Ingram’s production dropped sharply in 2018, his last season under contract with New Orleans, and he left for Baltimore in free agency after that.

Ingram appeared on social media to be pleased by word of the trade talks.

When Kamara posted a message about his former teammate rejoining him in the Saints’ backfield, Ingram responded with an emoji of a smiling face shedding a tear and a fleur-de-lis, a symbol associated with French royalty that appears on Saints helmets and uniforms, as well as the official city flag of New Orleans.

Browns’ Mayfield tests shoulder, hopes to play vs Steelers

BEREA, Ohio (AP) One game on the sideline was too much for Baker Mayfield. The Browns’ starting quarterback has no plans to repeat it.

Mayfield tested his injured left shoulder by practicing Wednesday, and if all goes well, he intends to play Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

“I think similar to last week, see what I can do and take it day by day,” Mayfield said following the team’s pre-practice walk-through.

He was asked if it’s possible he’ll play on Halloween against the Browns’ dreaded rival.

“Absolutely,” he said.

Mayfield had to sit out last Thursday’s victory – snapping his streak of 53 consecutive starts – over the Denver Broncos with a torn labrum and broken bone in his non-throwing shoulder, an injury he made worse by continuing to play since hurting it in Week 2.

He said after resting his shoulder over the weekend “there was a noticeable difference in range of motion and strength.”

If the injury doesn’t respond the way he or team doctors hope, Mayfield won’t jeopardize his health or the Browns’ chances.

“If it’s a situation where I would hurt the team if I was out there playing, I’m not going to do it,” he said.

Coach Kevin Stefanski said Mayfield would not be limited in practice and would get the starters’ reps as the Browns (4-3) began getting ready for the Steelers (3-3).

With the harness he’s had to wear since first hurting his shoulder protruding from under his jersey, Mayfield fired passes with plenty of velocity during the early portion of practice open to reporters.

Mayfield understands there are short and long-term risks if he keeps playing. He could take another big hit or worsen it with a fall.

Barring something major, he’s certain he can continue to play the remainder of this season.

“I’m completely confident in that,” he said. “If you go out there, you’re scared, you’re timid, that’s how you really get hurt seriously, so I can’t do that. So like I said, trying to get the strength back and be able to go as close to 100% as possible, and if that’s not the case, then we trust the guys we have out there.”

The 26-year-old initially injured his shoulder while attempting to make a tackle after throwing an interception on Sept. 19 against Houston. He then suffered a tuberosity fracture of his humerus bone when got tripped up by J.J. Watt and bent his arm back during a fall on Oct. 17 in a loss to Arizona.

Mayfield was on track to play last week, but swelling in his shoulder affected his range of motion. Backup Case Keenum made his first start since 2019 and guided the Browns (4-3) to a 17-14 win.

Going forward, Mayfield said it will be paramount for him to protect himself when he runs.

“And slide when I need to,” he said.

Mayfield said he’s not worried about the possibility of doing more damage by coming back this week, adding there have been no discussions about him shutting down this season to let the shoulder heal completely.

“People talk on the outside,” he said. “They don’t know how I feel nor do they decide whether I can go or not.”

Mayfield added it’s not a foregone conclusion he’ll need offseason surgery.

“I’m still taking it day by day to be honest with you because you can do certain things to repair the stuff inside the rotator cuff and strengthen it up,” Mayfield said. “If you examined a lot of people’s shoulders, you’d see a lot of partial tears in those labrums.

“So you can do things to I guess help with that, but we’ll evaluate that when the time needs.”

Along with Mayfield, the Browns were missing several other key players last week. Star running back Nick Chubb and starting right tackle Jack Conklin also sat out but could be back Sunday.

Mayfield said the view from the bench had some perks.

“It’s not tough when you’re winning,” he said. “It’s pretty fun to watch these guys play and play for each other. I think the way those guys fought, it was a good team win. That’s what it’s about.

“It’s finding ways to win no matter what it is, especially on a short week with limited guys. Just plug and play guys and just to watch them succeed.”

Defensive coordinator Barry won’t join Packers in Arizona

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) Green Bay Packers defensive coordinator Joe Barry won’t attend the team’s Thursday night game at Arizona because of COVID-19 protocols.

The Packers had been preparing for this likelihood ever since Barry tested positive. They made it official Wednesday and said Barry’s responsibilities would be divided between defensive backs coach Jerry Gray and inside linebackers coach Kirk Olivadotti.

Gray said that Barry continued participating in meetings this week virtually.

“He understands what we’re trying to get done,” Gray said Wednesday. “It’s not like he’s removing himself. Again, the best thing about 2020 is we got Zoom. It kind of helps us stay in the meetings, helps Joe stay coordinated in what’s going on.”

Barry’s absence only increases the challenge facing the Packers (6-1) as they put their six-game winning streak at stake against the unbeaten Cardinals (7-0). Green Bay placed 2020 All-Pro receiver Davante Adams and fellow wideout Allen Lazard on the reserve/COVID-19 list earlier this week.

Arizona, the NFL’s lone undefeated team, is scoring 32.1 points per game to rank fourth in the league.

Khalil Mack injury issue pressures struggling Bears

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) The running game already works for the Chicago Bears; they’re sixth in the NFL in rushing.

Quarterback Justin Fields says he feels the passing game is close to doing the same to balance out their offense, and he needs to be right because his 3-4 team could be facing an entirely new challenge.

Reportedly, the Bears are thinking of resting edge rusher Khalil Mack this week against the San Francisco 49ers and possibly longer so he can get over a nagging foot sprain.

“The only thing I would say to that is we’re working through everything right now with Khalil, you know,” Bears coach Matt Nagy said via Zoom, while in quarantine after a positive COVID-19 test. “As everybody knows, he’s been battling through his foot injury the last several weeks. You’ve seen that with practice.

“There’s been absolutely no decisions made. We’ll just kind of see where that all ends up.”

It’s been the pass rush combined with the running game helping prop up the team while Fields navigates the hazards facing any rookie quarterback in the NFL. The Bears are last in passing at 124.4 yards a game, but now Fields says he thinks the passing game is close to succeeding.

Fields’ evidence of this seems a bit sketchy considering he is coming off a three-interception game against Tampa Bay.

“I can feel it,” Fields said.

Asked to elaborate, Fields added, “Just feel it. You just have those feelings. You just feel it. It’s coming.”

The Bears drafted Fields after deciding to let Mitchell Trubisky leave in free agency, and then signing veteran Andy Dalton. After two games, Fields was starting for the injured Dalton and has kept the job, but he wasn’t working to build a chemistry with first-team receivers much at practice before becoming the starter.

The Bears haven’t had 200 net passing yards in a game this season.

“We have solid chemistry,” Fields said. “We, of course, need to get better. It’s not the best in the country, of course, but we’re growing each and every day.”

Fields and receiver Darnell Mooney are trying to do extra work now to synch up the passing attack.

“So, I mean, me him and some other receivers are going to start meeting on Zoom by ourselves and kind of start getting our own thing together,” he said.

The extra meetings have to be remote because of coronavirus precautions at Halas Hall after a rash of positive COVID-19 tests. There had been five positive tests in 11 days, including edge rusher Robert Quinn, and then right tackle Elijah Wilkinson just hours before Sunday’s loss to the Buccaneers.

The Bears can practice, but their team and position meetings are done remotely.

“Obviously he wants to win,” Mooney said of Fields. “We want to win as well. So I mean, chemistry takes a long time to build up.

“But we’re trying to speed up the process, get it to where we need it to be right now. That’s the thing we’re working on.”

With the Bears averaging 14.4 points a game, Nagy would be satisfied with points however they come.

“Well, you know, we understand that we want to be a heck of a lot better and be able to be more explosive and have bigger plays that we haven’t produced as much right now that will help you get in the end zone and score those points,” Nagy said. “However that comes, whether it’s a long run or a long pass, we really don’t care.

“If it’s a 15-play drive that ends in seven points, great.”

NOTES: Nagy said rookie tackle Larry Borom is coming off injured reserve after he had a high ankle sprain in the season’s first game. Borom could wind up starting because Wilkinson is on the reserve/COVID-19 list and starter Germain Ifedi is on injured reserve with a knee injury. … Mack was the only Bears player to miss practice because of injury on Wednesday. Starting defensive end Akiem Hicks (groin) and safety Tashaun Gipson (hip) missed Sunday’s game but were able to practice on a limited basis.

White to start for Jets vs. Bengals for injured Wilson

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) Mike White is going from little-known backup to the Big Apple spotlight.

White will make his first NFL start Sunday for the New York Jets against the Cincinnati Bengals in place of the injured Zach Wilson.

“We have a lot of faith in Mike,” coach Robert Saleh said Wednesday. “Mike has done a hell of a job. He’s earned this right to go out there and play on Sunday and show what he’s capable of.”

White filled in for Wilson last Sunday after the rookie quarterback injured his right knee in New York’s 54-13 loss at New England. Wilson has a sprained posterior cruciate ligament and will be sidelined at least two weeks.

The Jets traded for Joe Flacco on Monday, acquiring the 36-year-old veteran from Philadelphia for a conditional sixth-round draft pick. Flacco will not join the team on the practice field until Friday because of personal reasons – something Saleh said the team was aware of when they traded for him – but is participating in remote meetings.

Saleh initially said 35-year-old backup Josh Johnson will be promoted from the practice squad and be the backup to White against the Bengals with Flacco “more than likely” to be inactive. The coach later backtracked, saying the Jets will see how Flacco looks during practice Friday and go from there. New York usually makes just two quarterbacks active for games.

White is in his fourth NFL season, but hadn’t thrown a pass in a regular-season game before last Sunday when he went 20 of 32 for 202 yards and a touchdown with two interceptions against the Patriots.

He was drafted by Dallas in the fifth round in 2018 out of Western Kentucky, and waived during final cuts the following summer. The Jets then signed him to their practice squad, and he served as a backup to Sam Darnold the past two seasons.

Wilson was injured in the second quarter last Sunday when he was hit by Patriots linebacker Matt Judon, who fell on the back of the quarterback’s legs after he threw an incomplete pass. An MRI on Monday revealed the sprained PCL, which will sideline him for at least Sunday’s game and next Thursday’s game at Indianapolis.

Saleh said it still hasn’t been determined whether Wilson will be back after two weeks or need more time to recover and be placed on injured reserve. Saleh also didn’t commit to White starting beyond Sunday, or if Flacco would take over in Wilson’s absence.

“We’ll see how it goes,” Saleh said. “We’ll see how everything goes in regards to absorbing the offense and all that stuff.”

It’s possible the Jets could have parted with a draft pick for a quarterback that might play only one game – or none – if Wilson comes back after just two games. The sixth-rounder New York sent to Philadelphia could become a fifth-rounder, based on Flacco’s playing time.

“We’re going off of where we’re assuming the worst, all right?” Saleh said. “And we’re still trying to make sure that that quarterback room is exactly where we need it to be. Obviously, Zach got hurt. An opportunity came, and it’s a good one. So we took advantage of it.”

Flacco has not played in a regular-season game since last year when he was with the Jets under then-coach Adam Gase. He threw for 864 yards and six touchdowns with three interceptions last season, but opted to sign with the Eagles as a backup in the offseason.

Flacco has thrown 224 career TD passes over 14 seasons with Baltimore, Denver, the Jets and Eagles.

The New Jersey native, who was selected the Super Bowl MVP with Baltimore during the 2012 season, has some experience running the system offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur is using with the Jets. Flacco played under both Gary Kubiak and Rich Scangarello, who ran the Mike and Kyle Shanahan-style offense in Denver.

“Some similar verbiage and all that stuff, so the recall should happen quick,” Saleh said. “At a certain point, all these offenses run the same concept, so.”

NOTES: RB Tevin Coleman (hamstring), DE Bryce Huff (back), LB Quincy Williams (concussion) and TE/FB Trevon Wesco (knee) all didn’t practice. … LB C.J. Mosley, who missed the game at New England with a hamstring injury, practiced on a limited basis – a good sign he might able to play Sunday. … S Ashtyn Davis (shoulder), TE Tyler Kroft (back) and DE Shaq Lawson (wrist) were limited. … LB Jarrad Davis (ankle), P Braden Mann (sprained left knee) and DE Kyle Phillips (ankle) were also designated to return to practice, and all could be activated to play as early as Sunday. Davis and Mann are on injured reserve, while Phillips is on the physically unable to perform list.

Old Dominion leaving Conference USA for the Sun Belt

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) Old Dominion announced Wednesday it has accepted an invitation to join the Sun Belt Conference no later than July 1, 2023.

The addition of the Monarchs comes two days after the Sun Belt formally announced Southern Mississippi’s intention to join the conference.

ODU has played for seven seasons in Conference USA, which now has eight of its 14 members with plans in place to exit the league in the next few years.

“Joining the Sun Belt Conference is a game-changer for Old Dominion University and our athletic program,” school president Brian Hemphill said in a statement. “We are excited about the expanded opportunities and limitless possibilities now and well into the future.”

Athletic director Wood Selig thanked Conference USA for helping the Monarchs transition from the Football Championship Subdivision to the Football Bowl Subdivision, but said “the chance to enhance the overall athletic experience for the student-athletes, fans and alumni of ODU in the SBC with regional rivalries represents the perfect opportunity for the continued growth and evolution of ODU athletic programs in our pursuit of national prominence.”

ODU will compete in the Sun Belt in all sports except field rowing, lacrosse (American Athletic Conference) and field hockey (Big East).

The Sun Belt currently has 12 schools, 10 that play major college football. ODU will expand the conference into Virginia, and the New Orleans-based league doesn’t appear to be done adding members.

According to reports, the Sun Belt is working to add Huntington, West Virginia-based Marshall, another Conference USA school, and FCS power James Madison, located in Harrisonburg, Virginia.

Last week, the American Athletic Conference announced it was adding six C-USA schools at a date to be determined.

C-USA Commissioner Judy MacLeod said in a statement that the Dallas-based conference was working to rebuild it ranks and could turn to FCS schools or FBS independents as replacements for departing members.

THIS WEEK IN THE NFL: RESILIENCY RUNS COMMON THREAD THROUGH LEAGUE STANDINGS AS NFL ENTERS WEEK 8

Resiliency is a core value of the National Football League.

One of the quintessential examples of that resiliency is the league standings. For a third consecutive season, an NFL team that did not make the prior year’s playoffs has started a season 7-0. This season, the ARIZONA CARDINALS (7-0) are the league’s last undefeated team, off to their best start since 1974. One of the league’s oldest franchises, the Cardinals with a win on Thursday Night Football (8:20 PM ET, FOX/NFLN/Amazon) can achieve their first 8-0 start ever.

Last season, the PITTSBURGH STEELERS won their first 11 games, the best start in franchise history. And the year prior, 2019, the SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS won their first eight contests en route to a berth in Super Bowl LIV.

Four teams that did not make the 2020 playoffs are currently leading their divisions: Arizona (7-0), the CINCINNATI BENGALS (5-2), DALLAS COWBOYS (5-1) and LAS VEGAS RAIDERS (5-2). What’s more, with 11 weeks remaining on the NFL schedule, four more clubs that did not make the postseason – the DENVER BRONCOS (3-4), INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (3-4), LOS ANGELES CHARGERS (4-2) and NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (3-4) – are no more than two games out of first in their divisions.

  • At least two teams have won their divisions the season after missing the playoffs in 17 of the past 18 years.
  • Since 1990 – a streak of 31 consecutive seasons – at least four teams every season have qualified for the playoffs after failing to make the postseason the year before.
  • Cincinnati, off to its best start since opening 7-0 in 2015, finished last in the AFC North in 2020. In 16 of the past 18 seasons, at least one team finished in first place in its division the season after finishing in last or tied for last place. Of the 49 teams in league history to go from “worst-to-first,” 26 of them have done so in the past 18 years (2003-20).

SPEAKING OF THOSE BENGALS: This week, the Bengals return to the East Coast to meet the NEW YORK JETS (1-5). Last week, Cincinnati quarterback JOE BURROW, making his 17th career start, passed for a career-high 416 yards with three touchdown passes, while rookie wide receiver JA’MARR CHASE recorded 201 receiving yards with one touchdown in the Bengals’ win at Baltimore.

  • Burrow, who registered 406 passing yards and three passing touchdowns in Week 7 of the 2020 season, became the fourth player with two games of at least 400 passing yards and three touchdown passes within his first 20 career games, joining NICK FOLESPATRICK MAHOMES and BILLY VOLEK.
  • Chase, who was 21 years and 237 days old on Sunday, became the second-youngest player in NFL history to record at least 200 receiving yards in a single game, trailing only MIKE EVANS (21 years, 87 days old).
  • Chase, the No. 5 overall selection in the 2021 NFL Draft, now has 754 receiving yards this season and surpassed HARLON HILL (685 in 1954) for the most receiving yards by a player in his first seven career games all-time. Chase, who also recorded 159 receiving yards with a touchdown catch in Week 5, is the fifth rookie since 1970 with multiple games of at least 150 receiving yards and a touchdown reception, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer RANDY MOSS (three games in 1998), KEN BURROW (two games in 1971), JUSTIN JEFFERSON (two games in 2020) and TORREY SMITH (two games in 2011). 

CLASH OF WINNING STREAKS: The Week 8 opener features the GREEN BAY PACKERS (6-1) at the ARIZONA CARDINALS (7-0) on Thursday Night Football (8:20 PM ET, FOX/NFLN/Amazon). The Packers have won six straight while the Cardinals are riding a seven-game season-opening winning streak. It’s the first NFL game in which each club enters with a winning streak of six games or longer since Nov. 4, 2018, when the Saints defeated the Rams. The Rams then advanced to the Super Bowl that season.

SPOTLIGHT ON NFC SOUTH, REMATCH OF BUCS-SAINTS: Five divisional matchups highlight the Week 8 schedule, with two in the NFC South, a division that has represented the NFC in three of the past six Super Bowls. The defending world champion TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (6-1) are bidding to become the first team since the 2003-04 Patriots to win consecutive titles. Those 16 years (2005-20) represent the longest stretch in league history without a repeat Super Bowl champion.

  • This week, Tampa Bay faces a divisional test on the road against the NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (4-2) on Sunday (4:25 PM ET, FOX), the Buccaneers’ first trip to the Crescent City since advancing in the Divisional round of the 2020 playoffs. Including the postseason, Tampa Bay has won 14 of its last 15 games, dating back to Week 14 of last season.  
  • New Orleans had won five consecutive games in the series prior to the Buccaneers’ playoff win last season.
  • Last week, Saints running back ALVIN KAMARA had 179 scrimmage yards (128 receiving, 51 rushing), including 10 receptions and a touchdown catch, in New Orleans’ win on Monday Night Football.
  • Kamara (3,065 career receiving yards) became the third running back to reach 3,000 receiving yards in his first five seasons, joining Pro Football Hall of Famer LENNY MOORE (3,509) and ROGER CRAIG (3,234).
  • On Sunday against Tampa Bay, Kamara (351 career receptions) needs eight catches to surpass Craig (358) for the most ever by a running back in his first five seasons.
  • Last week, quarterback TOM BRADY threw four touchdown passes in the Buccaneers’ win. Brady, the league’s all-time leader in both passing yards (81,479) and touchdown passes (602), now has 37 career games with at least four touchdown passes and 97 games with at least three touchdown passes, both tied with DREW BREES for the most such games in NFL history.
  • Brady, who has 203 completions and 21 touchdown passes this season, became the third player with at least 200 completions and 20 touchdown passes in his team’s first seven games of a season in NFL history, joining ANDREW LUCK (2018) and Pro Football Hall of Famer PEYTON MANNING (2013).

PITTS EXPLODING ON SCENE IN ATLANTA: Meanwhile, at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the ATLANTA FALCONS (3-3) host the CAROLINA PANTHERS (3-4) on Sunday (1:00 PM ET, FOX).

  • Last week, Atlanta rookie tight end KYLE PITTS, the No. 4 overall selection in the 2021 NFL Draft, registered seven receptions for 163 yards in the Falcons’ win. Pitts’ 163 receiving yards were the fourth-most by a rookie tight end in a single game all-time, trailing only Pro Football Hall of Famers JACKIE SMITH (212 on Oct. 13, 1963) and MIKE DITKA (190 on Nov. 12, 1961), as well as MARK BAVARO (176 on Oct. 13, 1985).
  • Pitts, who had 119 receiving yards in Week 5 prior to the Falcons’ Week 6 bye, is the second rookie tight end in NFL history with at least 100 receiving yards in consecutive games, joining RAYMOND CHESTER (Weeks 5-6, 1970). Plus, Pitts has 471 receiving yards this season and last week surpassed Pro Football Hall of Famer MIKE DITKA (444 receiving yards) for the most receiving yards by a tight end in his first six career games in NFL history.

COWBOYS, VIKINGS RENEW RIVALRY IN PRIMETIME: Two proud franchises that have combined for 12 Super Bowl appearances and 35 Pro Football Hall of Famers clash on Sunday Night Football (8:20 PM ET, NBC) when the DALLAS COWBOYS (5-1) visit the MINNESOTA VIKINGS (3-3).

  • Each team is coming off its bye weekend, after each team captured overtime victories on the road, both by a touchdown. It’s the first time two teams are meeting following road overtime victories since Nov. 2, 2014, when Minnesota met Washington in similar circumstances.
  • MIKE MCCARTHY-coached teams are 10-4 (.714) in games after bye weekends, including the head coach’s time at the reins of the Packers (2006-18) and Cowboys (2020-present).
  • In the Cowboys’ last game, Week 6 at New England, Dallas quarterback DAK PRESCOTT made his 75th career start and passed for 445 yards with three touchdowns and one interception for a 108.7 rating. Also in that contest, cornerback TREVON DIGGS registered a 42-yard interception return for a touchdown.
  • Prescott now has 39 games with a passer rating of 100-or-higher and has surpassed PHILIP RIVERS (38) for the third-most such games by a player in his first 75 career starts in NFL history. Only AARON RODGERS (43) and TONY ROMO (41) had more.
  • Diggs leads the league with seven interceptions. He has joined Pro Football Hall of Famer ROD WOODSON (1993) as the only players since 1970 with seven interceptions in their team’s first six games of a season.
  • Diggs also is the second player in the Super Bowl era to record at least one interception in each of his team’s first six games of a season, joining BRIAN RUSSELL (first six games in 2003).
  • With an interception at Minnesota, Diggs would break the league record for longest stretch of season-opening games (by a player, not team) with an interception. The record is shared by Pro Football Hall of Famer TOM LANDRY (first six games, 1951), BARRY WILBURN (Weeks 1-2 and 7-10 during strike season of 1987) and BRIAN RUSSELL (first six games, 2003). The NFL record for consecutive overall player games with an interception is held by TOMMY MORROW (eight straight games from 1962-63). The NFL record for single-season consecutive player games with an interception is seven, shared by Pro Football Hall of Famers PAUL KRAUSE (1964) and LARRY WILSON (1966), as well as BEN DAVIS (1968).
  • Dallas wide receiver AMARI COOPER needs one receiving touchdown to become just the eighth player in NFL history with five in each of his first seven seasons.
  • Minnesota quarterback KIRK COUSINS passed for 373 yards with three touchdowns and zero interceptions for a 112.6 rating in the Vikings’ 34-28 overtime win at Carolina.
  • Cousins has 20 career games with at least 300 passing yards, three touchdown passes and a passer rating of 110-or-higher, surpassing AARON RODGERS (19 games) for the most such games by quarterback in his first 10 seasons in NFL history.
  • Cousins, who in Week 6 played his 115th NFL game, now has 30,141 career passing yards and 203 touchdown passes. He joined Pro Football Hall of Famers PEYTON MANNING and DAN MARINO as the only players to reach 30,000 passing yards and 200 touchdown passes over their first 115 games in NFL history.

MCDERMOTT, ALLEN FACE WADDLE, DOLPHINS: The BUFFALO BILLS (4-2) host the MIAMI DOLPHINS (1-6) in the teams’ second 2021 game on Sunday (1:00 PM ET, CBS). The Bills enter the contest having held a halftime lead in 15 consecutive games, an NFL record.

  • Bills quarterback JOSH ALLEN is the first player in NFL history to reach 80 touchdown passes and 25 rushing touchdowns in his first 50 games. He enters this week with 82 career touchdown passes and 27 career rushing touchdowns.
  • In games following bye weeks, Buffalo head coach SEAN MCDERMOTT (4-0, 1.000) has the league’s best career record among active coaches, with a minimum of three games coached.

The active head coaches with the best career records following bye weeks (minimum three games):

COACHWLTPCT.
Sean McDermott4001.000
Frank Reich3001.000
Mike Vrabel3001.000
Andy Reid1930.864
John Harbaugh1030.769
Sean McVay310.750
Bruce Arians520.714
Mike McCarthy1040.714
Mike Tomlin1040.714
Bill Belichick17100.630
Sean Payton960.600
Pete Carroll870.533
  • Miami rookie wide receiver JAYLEN WADDLE, the No. 6 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, had seven receptions for 83 yards last week. Waddle has 44 receptions this season and has surpassed ANQUAN BOLDIN (42 receptions in 2003) and MICHAEL THOMAS (42 in 2016) for the second-most catches by a wide receiver in his first seven career games in NFL history. Only EDDIE ROYAL (46 in 2008) had more.

SECOND TITANS-COLTS MEETING IS SIGNIFICANT: Two teams coming off wins face one another at Lucas Oil Stadium, where the TENNESSEE TITANS (5-2) visit the INDIANPOLIS COLTS (3-4) on Sunday (1:00 PM ET, CBS) in an AFC South showdown. Tennessee registered a 25-16 win over Indianapolis in Week 3 this season. In each of the past four seasons (2017-20), the winner of the second meeting between the teams has advanced to the playoffs.

  • The Colts have 16 takeaways, tied with the Bills for most in the NFL.
  • Colts running back JONATHAN TAYLOR, who averaged 5.9 yards per carry (18 attempts, 107 yards) with one touchdown in last week’s win, has 1,748 career rushing yards since entering the league as a second-round selection in the 2020 NFL Draft. Since the beginning of 2020, only DERRICK HENRY (2,896) and DALVIN COOK (1,923) have more.
  • Indianapolis quarterback CARSON WENTZ has thrown just one interception in 219 attempts. His 0.5 interception percentage is the lowest in the league among qualified passers.
  • Titans running back DERRICK HENRY leads the NFL with 869 rushing yards. He needs 131 on Sunday to reach 1,000 and become the 11th in league history to achieve the milestone in eight games or fewer, but the first since DEMARCO MURRAY in 2014.

SACKS LEADERS ON MARQUEE IN CLEVELANDTwo of the league’s top three leaders in sacks will be on the same field on Sunday when the PITTSBURGH STEELERS (3-3) make the short trek to play the CLEVELAND BROWNS (4-3). The Browns’ MYLES GARRETT leads the NFL with 9.5 sacks while the Steelers’ T.J. WATT ranks third with seven.

  • Garrett has 52 sacks through his first 58 NFL games. Since 1982, when the individual sack became an official statistic, only Pro Football Hall of Famers REGGIE WHITE (70) and DERRICK THOMAS (55) had more over their first 58 contests.
  • Last week, Browns running back D’ERNEST JOHNSON ran for 146 yards on 22 carries with one touchdown in his first NFL start. Johnson, who was signed as a college free agent by the Browns in 2019, registered the most rushing yards by a non-drafted player in his first NFL start since Pittsburgh’s WILLIE PARKER in Week 1 of 2005.
  • Watt, meanwhile, leads the NFL with 22 sacks since the beginning of last season. Garrett (21.5) is second over that span.

THEIR KUPP RUNNETH OVER: The LOS ANGELES RAMS (6-1) own the NFL’s best record for a team not leading its division. This week, they make their first trip to Houston in eight years to meet the HOUSTON TEXANS (1-6) on Sunday (1:00 PM ET, FOX).

  • Rams wide receiver COOPER KUPP registered 10 receptions for 156 yards and two touchdowns in the team’s win last week. Kupp – who also had two touchdown receptions in Week 2, Week 3 and Week 6 – is the fourth player in the Super Bowl era with at least two touchdown receptions in four of his team’s first seven games of a season, joining Pro Football Hall of Famers CALVIN JOHNSON (2011) and RANDY MOSS (2007), as well as STEVE WATSON (1981).
  • Kupp, who has 809 receiving yards and nine touchdown receptions this season, also is the first player in the Super Bowl era with at least 800 receiving yards and nine touchdown receptions in his team’s first seven games of a season.
  • And, after Kupp recorded nine receptions for 130 yards and two touchdowns in Week 6, he became the fifth wide receiver to post at least nine catches, 125 receiving yards and two touchdowns in consecutive games, joining DREW BENNETT (2004), ANTONIO BROWN (2017), Pro Football Hall of Famer CRIS CARTER (1995 and 1999) and ANDRE RISON (1990).

THE MAC PACK: The NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (3-4) head west to meet the LOS ANGELES CHARGERS (4-2) on Sunday (4:05 PM ET, CBS).

  • Last week, Patriots rookie quarterback MAC JONES passed for 307 yards with two touchdowns and zero interceptions for a 111.7 rating in the team’s win. Jones now has 174 completions and has joined JOE BURROW (195 completions in 2020) and JUSTIN HERBERT (181 in 2020) as the only rookie quarterbacks with at least 170 completions in their first seven starts in NFL history.
  • Jones also is the fourth rookie all-time with at least 225 passing yards and a touchdown pass in five consecutive games, joining DAK PRESCOTT (eight consecutive games in 2016), JUSTIN HERBERT (seven in 2020) and DESHAUN WATSON (five in 2017).
  • Jones leads all rookies this season in passing yards (1,779), passing touchdowns (nine) and passer rating (92.8).
  • Meanwhile, Chargers cornerback ASANTE SAMUEL is tied for the NFL lead among rookies with two interceptions.

The Patriots face the Chargers after the Chargers’ bye week. Over the prior 10 seasons (2011-20), no NFL team has been better in such situations than New England.

The NFL’s best records against opponents that had byes the previous week, 2011-20:

TEAMWLTPCT.
New England Patriots920.818
Atlanta Falcons620.750
Baltimore Ravens620.750
Carolina Panthers620.750
Denver Broncos830.727
Pittsburgh Steelers730.700
Indianapolis Colts840.667
New Orleans Saints740.636
Seattle Seahawks750.583
Kansas City Chiefs430.571
Minnesota Vikings430.571

NFL WEEK 8 CAPSULES

GREEN BAY PACKERS (6-1) AT ARIZONA CARDINALS (7-0)

THURSDAY, OCT. 28, 2021 // 8:20 PM ET // STATE FARM STADIUM // REFEREE: ALEX KEMP

LEADER: Packers lead all-time series, 44-24-4

STREAKS: Cardinals have won past 2

LAST GAME: 12/2/18: Cardinals 20 at Packers 17

LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/27/15: Cardinals 38, Packers 8

QB AARON RODGERS passed for 274 yards & 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 127.6 rating last week & became 4th QB all-time with 70 games with 3+ TD passes & 100+ rating. Has 1,767 pass yards (294.5 per game) & 16 TDs vs. INT for 113.6 rating in his past 6 on Thursday. Aims for his 3rd in row on TNF with 300+ pass yards & 2+ TD passes. Has 2+ TD passes & 100+ rating in 8 of his past 9 road starts. Aims for his 7th in row overall with 2+ TD passes. • RB AARON JONES has 70+ scrimmage yards in 7 of his past 8 on road. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with 100+ scrimmage yards. Had rush TD in last meeting. Has 4 TDs (3 rush, 1 rec.) in 5 career games on Thursday. Ranks 3rd in NFL with 45 scrimmage TDs (35 rush, 10 rec.) since 2018. • WR DAVANTE ADAMS had 76 rec. yards & TD catch last week. Has 10+ catches & 160+ rec. yards in 3 of his past 4 Thursday games. Has 95 receptions for 1,336 yards (121.5 per game) & 10 rec. TDs in his past 11 on road. Had 8 catches for 93 yards & rec. TD in last meeting. TE ROBERT TONYAN had season-high 63 rec. yards & 2nd TD catch of season last week. • LB DE’VONDRE CAMPBELL led team with 13 tackles & tied his career-high with 2 FFs last week. Had 99 tackles, 7 TFL & 2 sacks in 16 games with Az. in 2020. Aims for his 5th in row on road in 2021 with 6+ tackles. LB RASHAN GARY had season-high 7 tackles, career-high 2 sacks & 1st-career FF last week. DL KINGSLEY KEKE had season-high 1.5 sacks in Week 7. S ADRIAN AMOS had 2 PD last week. Has 5+ tackles in 10 of his past 11.

QB KYLER MURRAY passed for 261 yards & 3 TDs vs. INT for 121.3 rating in Week 7. Is only QB with 100+ rating in 6 games this season. Aims for his 4th in row at home with 100+ rating. Has 4 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 112.6 rating in 2 career starts on TNF. Aims for his 3rd in row on TNF with 2+ TD passes & 100+ rating. • RB JAMES CONNER had 64 rush yards & NFC-best 6th rush TD of season last week. Aims for his 3rd in row at home with rush TD. RB CHASE EDMONDS had 90 scrimmage yards (81 rush, 9 rec.) in Week 7. Has 50+ scrimmage yards in 6 of his 7 games this season. • WR DEANDRE HOPKINS had season-high 7 receptions for 53 yards & 7th rec. TD of season in Week 7. Has 4 rec. TDs in his past 3 on Thursday. Aims for his 5th in row on Thursday with 5+ receptions. Had TD catch in only career game vs. GB (12/4/16 w/ Hou.). WR A.J. GREEN had 66 rec. yards last week. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. GB with rec. TD. Has 4 rec. TDs in his past 4 on TNF. TE ZACH ERTZ had rec. TD in Az. debut last week. • LB CHANDLER JONES has 8 sacks & 11 TFL in 8 career TNF games. Aims for his 4th in row on TNF with sack & 9th in row on TNF with TFL. Had sack & 2 TFL in last meeting. DE J.J. WATT has 2 sacks & 6 TFL in 2 career games vs. GB. Has PD in 3 of his past 4 on Thursday. S BUDDA BAKER has 4 TFL & 4 PD in 4 career games on TNF. LB MARKUS GOLDEN had 2 sacks, FF & FR in Week 7. Aims for his 3rd in row with 2+ sacks & FF. Leads NFL with 4 FFs in 2021.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: FOX/NFLN/Amazon (8:20 PM ET): FOX: Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews, Kristina Pink (field reporters) Amazon: Andrea Kremer, Hannah Storm | Amazon Scout’s Feed: Bucky Brooks, Daniel Jeremiah, Joy Taylor NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Tom McCarthy, Mike Golic SIRIUS: 81 (GB), 83 (Az.), National (88) | XM: 226 (GB), 225 (Az.), National (88) | SXM App: 809 (GB), 807 (Az.), National (88)

CAROLINA PANTHERS (3-4) AT ATLANTA FALCONS (3-3)

SUNDAY, OCT. 31, 2021 // 1:O0 PM ET // MERCEDES-BENZ STADIUM // REFEREE: BRAD ALLEN

LEADER: Falcons lead all-time series, 33-19

STREAKS: Falcons have won 6 of past 7

LAST GAME: 10/29/20: Falcons 25 at Panthers 17

LAST GAME AT SITE: 10/11/20: Panthers 23, Falcons 16

QB SAM DARNOLD has 300+ pass yards & 2+ rush TDs in 2 of his 3 road starts this season. Is 1 of 2 QBs (JALEN HURTS) with 5 rush TDs in 2021. • RB CHUBA HUBBARD (rookie) had 56 scrimmage yards (28 rush, 28 rec.) in Week 7. Aims for his 5th in row with 50+ scrimmage yards. Is only NFC rookie RB with 400+ scrimmage yards (419). • WR DJ MOORE led team with 6 catches & 73 rec. yards in Week 7. Had 93 rec. yards & TD catch in last road meeting. Has 80+ rec. yards in 3 of his past 4 vs. Atl. Has rec. TD in 2 of his 3 career games at Atl. WR ROBBY ANDERSON had 8 catches for 112 yards in last road meeting. Aims for his 4th in row vs. Atl. with 5+ receptions. • LB HAASON REDDICK had sack in only career game at Atl. (12/16/18 w/ Az.). Leads NFC in sacks (6.5) & TFL (9). DE BRIAN BURNS had 4th sack of season last week. Has 5 sacks & 7 TFL in his past 5 on road. Had sack & FF in last road meeting. LB SHAQ THOMPSON aims for his 3rd in row at Atl. with 10+ tackles. S JEREMY CHINN led team with 8 tackles & had TFL in Week 7. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Atl. with 9+ tackles & PD. Since 2020, is 1 of 3 DBs (BUDDA BAKER & VONN BELL) with 150+ tackles (154). CB STEPHON GILMORE makes Car. debut. Is 1 of 4 active players with 100+ PD (114) & 25+ INTs (25). DT DERRICK BROWN had 1st sack of season last week, his 4th-career sack. CB DONTE JACKSON aims for his 5th in row with PD. Had INT in last meeting.

QB MATT RYAN passed for 336 yards & 2 TDs vs. INT for 95.4 rating last week. Has 72 career games with 300+ pass yards, 3rd-most in NFL since 2008. Aims for his 3rd in row with 300+ pass yards & 6th in row with 2+ TD passes. Has 1,937 pass yards (322.8 per game) & 12 TDs (10 pass, 2 rush) vs. 3 INTs for 106.7 rating in his past 6 home starts vs. Car. • RB CORDARRELLE PATTERSON rushed for 60 yards & TD last week. Has 297 scrimmage yards (99 per game) & 3 rec. TDs in 3 home games in 2021. Aims for his 3rd in row at home with 100+ scrimmage yards. RB MIKE DAVIS had 59 receptions, 1,015 scrimmage yards (642 rush, 373 rec.) & 8 TDs (6 rush, 2 rec.) in 15 games with Car. in 2020. Aims for his 3rd in row at home in 2021 with TD. • WR CALVIN RIDLEY had 2nd rec. TD of season last week. Has 551 rec. yards (91.8 per game) & 4 rec. TDs in 6 career games vs. Car. TE KYLE PITTS had 7 catches for 163 yards in Week 7, 4th-most rec. yards by rookie TE in single game all-time. Has 471 rec. yards, most by TE in 1st 6 career games in NFL history. Became 2nd rookie TE ever with 100+ rec. yards in consecutive games. • LB DEION JONES led team with 15 tackles, 3 TFL & had 2nd sack of season last week. Had sack in last meeting. Has PD in 2 of his past 3 at home vs. Car. LB FOYESADE OLUOKUN had 13 tackles & 3rd-career INT in Week 7. Aims for his 3rd in row at home vs. Car. with 10+ tackles.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: FOX (1:00 PM ET): Kevin Kugler, Mark Sanchez, Laura Okmin (field reporter) SIRIUS: 134 (Car.), 85 (Atl.) | XM: 385 (Car.), 228 (Atl.) | SXM App: 804 (Car.), 801 (Atl.)

MIAMI DOLPHINS (1-6) AT BUFFALO BILLS (4-2)

SUNDAY, OCT. 31, 2021 // 1:O0 PM ET // HIGHMARK STADIUM // REFEREE: SHAWN SMITH

LEADER: Dolphins lead all-time series, 60-50-1

STREAKS: Bills have won past 6

LAST GAME: 9/19/21: Bills 35 at Dolphins 0

LAST GAME AT SITE: 1/3/21: Bills 56, Dolphins 26

QB TUA TAGOVAILOA completed 32 of 40 passes (career-high 80 pct., min. 10 atts.) for 291 yards & career-high 4 TDs vs. 2 INTs for season-high 109.5 rating last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 275+ pass yards, 2+ TD passes & 95+ rating. Passed for career-high 361 yards in last road meeting. • RB MYLES GASKIN rushed for season-high 67 yards & had TD catch last week. Has 75+ scrimmage yards & rec. TD in 2 of past 3. Had 77 scrimmage yards (57 rec., 20 rush) & rush TD in last road meeting. Has 70+ scrimmage yards in 7 of his past 8 on road. RB SALVON AHMED rushed for TD in last road meeting. • TE MIKE GESICKI had 7 catches for team-high 85 yards & TD last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 7+ catches & 85+ rec. yards. Has 5+ catches in 2 of his past 3 vs. Buf. Rookie WR JAYLEN WADDLE had 7 catches for season-high 83 yards in Week 7. Aims for 3rd in row with 7+ catches & 70+ rec. yards. Had 6 catches for 48 yards in Week 2 meeting. Leads all rookies with 44 catches, 2nd-most ever by WR in 1st 7 career games. WRs ISAIAH FORD & MACK HOLLINS each had 1st TD catches of season last week. • CB XAVIEN HOWARD had 3 PD & 2nd INT of season in Week 7. Aims for 6th in row with PD. Had 3 PD & INT in Week 2 meeting & aims for his 3rd in row vs. Buf. with INT. S ERIC ROWE led team with 9 tackles & had PD last week. Has 7+ tackles in 2 of his past 3 vs. division. Rookie S JEVON HOLLAND had 1st-career sack last week. Aims for 3rd in row with PD.

QB JOSH ALLEN completed 35 of 47 passes (season-high 74.5 pct.) for 353 yards & 3 TDs vs. INT for 107.8 rating in Week 6. Aims for 5th in row with 100+ rating & 3rd in row with 315+ pass yards & 3+ TD passes. Has 10 TDs (8 pass, 2 rush) vs. 2 INTs for 116.3 rating in 3 career home games vs. Mia. • RB DEVIN SINGLETARY had season-high 82 rush yards & only rush TD of season in Week 2 meeting. Has 75+ scrimmage yards in 3 of his past 4 vs. Mia. RB ZACK MOSS has 60+ scrimmage yards in 3 of past 4. Had 2 rush TDs in Week 2 meeting. • WR STEFON DIGGS had 9 catches for 89 yards & TD in Week 6. Has 60+ rec. yards in every game this season & 85+ rec. yards in 2 of past 3. Had TD catch in Week 2 meeting & has rec. TD in 3 of 4 career games vs. Mia. Has 6+ catches in 10 of 11 home games since joining Buf. in 2020. Has 4 rec. TD in his past 3 vs. division. WR COLE BEASLEY had 7 catches for 88 yards & 1st TD of season in Week 6. WR EMMANUEL SANDERS had 5 catches for 91 yards in Week 6. Aims for 5th in row with 50+ rec. yards. TE TOMMY SWEENEY had 1st-career rec. TD in Week 6. • LB TREMAINE EDMUNDS led team with season-high 10 tackles & had TFL in Week 6. Aims for 3rd in row with 9+ tackles & TFL. Has PD in 2 of past 3 at home. S JORDAN POYER had INT in Week 6 & has INT in 2 of past 3. Aims for 5th in row with PD. Had 4 tackles & PD in Week 2 meeting. Aims for 3rd in row at home with TFL. CB TARON JOHNSON aims for 3rd in row with 6+ tackles. Has PD in 4 of his 5 games this season.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: CBS (1:00 PM ET): Andrew Catalon, James Lofton, Sherree Burruss (field reporter) SIRIUS: 113 (Mia.), 206 (Buf.) | XM: 386 (Mia.), 229 (Buf.) | SXM App: 819 (Mia.), 803 (Buf.)

SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS (2-4) AT CHICAGO BEARS (3-4)

SUNDAY, OCT. 31, 2021 // 1:O0 PM ET // SOLDIER FIELD // REFEREE: LAND CLARK

LEADER: Bears lead all-time series, 32-31-1

STREAKS: Bears have won 2 of past 3

LAST GAME: 12/23/18: Bears 14 at 49ers 9

LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/3/17: 49ers 15, Bears 14

QB JIMMY GAROPPOLO has 3 TDs (2 pass, 1 rush) vs. 0 INTs for 111.4 rating in 2 road starts this season. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with 0 INTs & 100+ rating. Passed for 293 yards in last road meeting. • RB ELIJAH MITCHELL (rookie) rushed for career-high 107 yards & 2nd-career rush TD last week. Is only rookie with 2 games with 100+ rush yards in 2021. • WR DEEBO SAMUEL led team in receptions (7) & rec. yards (100) & had 4th rec. TD of season last week. Is 1 of 3 WRs (DAVANTE ADAMS & COOPER KUPP) with 3 games with 7+ catches & 100+ rec. yards this season. Has 44 receptions (6.3 per game) & 810 scrimmage yards (115.7 per game) & 3 TDs (2 rush, 1 rec.) in his past 7 on road. Has TD catch in 2 of his 3 career games vs. NFC North. • DL NICK BOSA has 4 sacks & 6 TFL in 3 road games this season. Aims for his 4th in row on road with sack. LB FRED WARNER had 9 tackles, 2 TFL & 4th-career FR last week. Aims for his 5th in row with 9+ tackles. LB AZEEZ AL-SHAAIR had 9 tackles & 1st-career FR last week. Has 9+ tackles in 3 of his past 4. DL KENTAVIOUS STREET had 2nd sack of season & 1st-career FF in Week 7. CB JOSH NORMAN led team with 10 tackles, had careerhigh 3 TFL & 2nd-career game with 2 FFs last week. Is only player with 15+ FFs (16) & 15+ INTs (15) since 2012. Aims for his 3rd in row with PD. CB EMMANUEL MOSELEY had career-high 4 PD. Has 2+ PD in 3 of his past 4.

QB JUSTIN FIELDS (rookie) completed 22 of 32 attempts (careerhigh 68.8 pct.) & rushed for 38 yards last week. Has 60+ comp. pct. in 3 of his past 4 starts. • RB KHALIL HERBERT (rookie) had career-high 133 scrimmage yards (career-high 100 rush, 33 rec.) & career-best 5 receptions last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with 100+ scrimmage yards & 4th in row with 75+ rush yards. • WR ALLEN ROBINSON had 6 catches & 94 scrimmage yards (85 rec., 9 rush) in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row at home with 50+ rec. yards. Aims for his 6th in row vs. NFC West with 4+ receptions. WR DARNELL MOONEY has 27 receptions (6.8 per game) & 329 rec. yards (82.3 per game) in his past 4 at home. Aims for his 5th in row at home with 5+ receptions. WR MARQUISE GOODWIN had 91 receptions for 1,543 yards & 7 TDs in 36 games (2017-19) with SF. TE COLE KMET had 5 receptions & team-high 43 rec. yards last week. • LB KHALIL MACK aims for his 6th in row at home with sack. Has 2 sacks & 3 TFL in 2 career games vs. SF. Since 2014, ranks 3rd in NFL with 76.5 sacks. LB ROBERT QUINN has 4 sacks & 5 TFL in his past 3 at home & aims for his 4th in row at home with sack. LB ROQUAN SMITH led team with 13 tackles last week. Is 1 of 2 LBs (DENZEL PERRYMAN) with 6 games of 10+ tackles in 2021. Had 9 tackles & sack in last meeting. Aims for his 8th in row with 9+ tackles. DE EDDIE JACKSON tied his career-high with 11 tackles last week.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: FOX (1:00 PM ET): Adam Amin, Greg Olsen, Pam Oliver (field reporter) SIRIUS: 133 (SF), 83 (Chi.) | XM: 384 (SF), 225 (Chi.) | SXM App: 827 (SF), 805 (Chi.)

PITTSBURGH STEELERS (3-3) AT CLEVELAND BROWNS (4-3)

SUNDAY, OCT. 31, 2021 // 1:O0 PM ET // FIRSTENERGY STADIUM // REFEREE: SHAWN HOCHULI

LEADER: Steelers lead all-time series, 75-60-1

STREAKS: Steelers have won 2 of past 3

LAST GAME: 1/3/21: Steelers 22 at Browns 24

LAST GAME AT SITE: 1/3/21

QB BEN ROETHLISBERGER completed 29 of 40 passes (seasonhigh 72.5 pct.) for 229 yards & TD vs. 0 INTs for 94.7 rating in Week 6. Aims for 3rd in row with 90+ rating & 0 INTs. Passed for 501 yards & 4 TDs in 2020 AFC-WC meeting. Passed for 335 yards in last road meeting. • RB NAJEE HARRIS (rookie) had 127 scrimmage yards (81 rush, 46 rec.) & TD catch in Week 6. Aims for 5th in row with 90+ scrimmage yards & 4th in row with TD. Ranks 2nd among all rookies with 632 scrimmage yards (388 rush, 244 rec.) in 2021. • WR DIONTAE JOHNSON had 9 catches & 96 scrimmage yards (71 rush, 25 rec.) in Week 6. Aims for 5th in row with 70+ rec. yards. Aims for 3rd in row on road with TD catch. Had 11 catches for career-high 117 yards in 2020 AFC-WC meeting. Had 96 rec. yards in last road meeting. WR CHASE CLAYPOOL aims for 3rd in row vs. Cle., incl. playoffs, with 5+ catches, 50+ rec. yards & rec. TD. Rookie TE PAT FREIERMUTH set career highs in catches (7) & rec. yards (58) in Week 6. TE ERIC EBRON had 3rd-career rush TD in Week 6. Had TD catch in 2020 AFC-WC meeting. • LB T.J. WATT had 3 PD, 3 TFL, 2 sacks & FF in Week 6, 3rd game this season with 2+ sacks, most in NFL. Became 4th player with 2 sacks in single OT period since 1994. Has 13 TFL & 9 sacks in 7 career games vs. Cle. LB ALEX HIGHSMITH had career-high 1.5 sacks in Week 6. S MINKAH FITZPATRICK tied for team lead with 9 tackels & had 1st FF of season in Week 6. Aims for 4th in row with 8+ tackles. Aims for his 4th in row vs. Cle. with PD.

QB BAKER MAYFIELD passed for 263 yards & 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 115.2 rating in 2020 AFC-WC meeting. Has 15 TDs vs. 2 INTs for 108.6 rating in his past 8 on road. Has 95+ rating in 2 of his past 3 vs. division. QB CASE KEENUM passed for 199 yards & TD vs. 0 INTs for 90.3 rating in Week 6, 1st start of season. Passed for 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs in his last start vs. Pit. (11/25/18 w/ Den.). • RB NICK CHUBB aims for his 3rd in row with 100+ rush yards. Had 145 scrimmage yards (76 rush, 69 rec.) & TD catch in 2020 AFC-WC meeting. Aims for 3rd in row vs. Pit., incl. postseason, with 100+ scrimmage yards & TD. RB D’ERNEST JOHNSON led team with career-high 168 scrimmage yards (146 rush, 22 rec.) & rushed for 1st career TD last week. FB JOHNNY STANTON had 1st-career TD catch in Week 7. • JARVIS LANDRY had team-high 5 catches in Week 7. Had 5 catches for 92 yards & TD in 2020 AFC-WC meeting. Has 5+ catches in 3 of his past 4 at home. WR ODELL BECKHAM JR. has 50+ rec. yards in 5 of his past 6 at home. TE AUSTIN HOOPER had season-high 42 rec. yards last week. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Pit., incl. postseason, with TD catch. • DE MYLES GARRETT led team with 1.5 sacks last week & aims for his 4th in row with sack. Had PD in last meeting. Has 7 sacks in his past 3 at home. DE JADEVEON CLOWNEY aims for 3rd in row with 0.5+ sacks. Had FF & PD in his last game vs. Pit. (10/25/20 w/ Ten.). LB ANTHONY WALKER aims for his 5th in row with 6+ tackles. S JOHN JOHNSON had 1st INT of season in Week 7.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: CBS (1:00 PM ET): Jim Nantz, Tony Romo, Tracy Wolfson (field reporter) SIRIUS: 108 (Pit.), 82 (Cle.) | XM: 388 (Pit.), 227 (Cle.) | SXM App: 826 (Pit.), 807 (Cle.)

PHILADELPHIA EAGLES (2-5) AT DETROIT LIONS (0-7)

SUNDAY, OCT. 31, 2021 // 1:O0 PM ET // FORD FIELD // REFEREE: TONY CORRENTE

LEADER: Lions lead all-time series, 16-15-2

STREAKS: Lions have won past 3

LAST GAME: 9/22/19: Lions 27 at Eagles 24

LAST GAME AT SITE: 10/9/16: Lions 24, Eagles 23

QB JALEN HURTS passed for 236 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 94.7 rating & rushed for 61 yards in Week 7. Has 30+ rush yards in each of his 1st 11 career starts. Has 9 TDs (7 pass, 2 rush) vs. 3 INTs for 91.9 rating in 4 road starts this season. Aims for 5th start in row on road with 2+ total TDs. • RB MILES SANDERS has 50+ scrimmage yards in 5 of his past 6 on road. Has 50+ scrimmage yards in 5 of 7 games this season. RB BOSTON SCOTT had 1st rush TD of season last week. Rookie RB KENNETH GAINWELL had 61 scrimmage yards (41 rec., 20 rush) & 1st-career TD catch in Week 7. • TE DALLAS GOEDERT led team with 70 rec. yards last week. Has 50+ rec. yards in 3 of his past 4. Rookie WR DEVONTA SMITH had team-high 5 catches & 61 rec. yards last week. Has 5+ catches in 3 of 4 career road games. Is 1 of 3 rookies (JA’MARR CHASE & KYLE PITTS) with 30+ catches (32) & 400+ rec. yards (406). WR JALEN REAGOR had 3rd-career rec. TD last week. • LB ALEX SINGLETON had 9 tackles & TFL last week. Aims for his 7th in row with 9+ tackles. Since 2020, ranks 5th in NFL with 188 tackles. DT JAVON HARGRAVE has 5 sacks in 4 road games this season. DT FLETCHER COX had sack in last road meeting. CB DARIUS SLAY had 341 tackles, 104 PD & 19 INTs in 103 games (2013-19) with Det. Since 2013, leads NFL with 113 PD. S MARCUS EPPS led team with career-high 11 tackles in Week 7. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with 8+ tackles. CB AVONTE MADDUX had 1st INT of season last week, his 3rd-career INT.

QB JARED GOFF passed for 268 yards & had TD pass last week. Passed for 267 yards & 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 142.1 rating in his last start vs. Phi. (9/20/20 w/ LAR). Has 90+ rating in 2 of his 3 home starts in 2021. • RB D’ANDRE SWIFT had season-high 144 scrimmage yards (career-high 96 rec., 48 rush), tied his career-high with 8 receptions & had 4th-career TD catch last week. Aims for his 4th in row overall & 5th in row at home with TD. Has 100+ scrimmage yards in 2 of 3 home games this season. Leads all RBs in receptions (42) & rec. yards (391) in 2021. RB JAMAAL WILLIAMS rushed for 57 yards last week. Has 50+ rush yards in 3 of his past 4. • TE T.J. HOCKENSON had 6 catches & 48 rec. yards last week & aims for his 3rd in row with 6+ catches. Ranks 2nd among TEs with 38 catches in 2021. WR KALIF RAYMOND had 6 catches for season-high 115 yards in Week 7, his 2nd-career 100-yard game. Aims for his 3rd in row at home & 3rd in row overall with 6+ catches. • LB JULIAN OKWARA had sack & PD last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with sack. LB JALEN REEVES-MABIN had season-high 8 tackles last week & aims for his 4th in row with 5+ tackles. LB ALEX ANZALONE has 5+ tackles in 5 of his past 6. CB AMANI ORUWARIYE aims for his 3rd in row at home with INT & 4th in row at home with PD. S TRACY WALKER had 8 tackles last week. Aims for his 4th in row with PD.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: FOX (1:00 PM ET): Kenny Albert, Jonathan Vilma, Megan Olivi (field reporter) SIRIUS: 119 (Phi.), 211 (Det.) | XM: 389 (Phi.), 230 (Det.) | SXM App: 825 (Phi.), 810 (Det.)

LOS ANGELES RAMS (6-1) AT HOUSTON TEXANS (1-6)

SUNDAY, OCT. 31, 2021 // 1:O0 PM ET // NRG STADIUM // REFEREE: CLAY MARTIN

LEADER: Rams lead all-time series, 3-1

STREAKS: Rams have won past 2

LAST GAME: 11/12/17: Texans 7 at Rams 33

LAST GAME AT SITE: 10/13/13: Rams 38, Texans 13

QB MATTHEW STAFFORD passed for 334 yards & 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 117.3 rating last week & became 13th QB in NFL history with 300+ TD passes (301). Is 1 of 2 QBs (KYLER MURRAY) with 4 games with 3+ TD passes & 115+ rating in 2021. Aims for his 4th in row on road with 95+ rating. • RB DARRELL HENDERSON had 64 scrimmage yards (45 rush, 19 rec.) in Week 7. Has 288 scrimmage yards (96 per game) & 4 TDs (3 rush, 1 rec.) in 3 road games this season. Aims for his 4th in row on road with 80+ scrimmage yards & rush TD. • WR COOPER KUPP had 10 receptions for 156 yards & 2 rec. TDs in Week 7 & became 4th player in SB era with 2+ rec. TDs in 4 of his team’s 1st 7 games. Is 1st player in SB era with 800+ rec. yards (809) & 9+ rec. TDs (9) in his team’s 1st 7 games of season. Aims for his 3rd in row with 9+ catches, 125+ rec. yards & 2+ rec. TDs. WR ROBERT WOODS had 6 catches & 70 rec. yards last week. Has 5+ receptions in 2 of his past 3 on road. Had 8 catches for 171 yards & 2 rec. TDs in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Hou. with TD catch. • DL AARON DONALD has 3.5 sacks & 5 TFL in his past 5 on road. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with PD. Had sack & FF in last meeting. LB LEONARD FLOYD has 4.5 sacks & 4 TFL in his past 4 on road. CB JALEN RAMSEY had 2nd INT of season last week. Has PD in 3 of his past 4 on road. Has 11 PD in 4 career games at Hou. & aims for his 5th in row at Hou. with PD. LB TROY REEDER had season-high 8 tackles in Week 7.

QB TYROD TAYLOR had 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 97 rating in only career start vs. LAR (10/9/16 w/ Buf.). Rookie QB DAVIS MILLS completed 23 of 32 passes (71.9 pct.) for 135 yards last week. Has 4 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 119 rating in 2 home starts this season. Ranks 2nd among rookies with 64.9 comp. pct. this season. • RB MARK INGRAM rushed for 111 yards & had 2 TDs (1 rush, 1 rec.) in his last game vs. LAR (11/25/19 w/ Bal.). Leads all active players in rush yards (7,618) & ranks 2nd in rush TDs (63). RB DAVID JOHNSON has 50+ scrimmage yards in 2 of past 3. RB PHILLIP LINDSAY had 66 scrimmage yards (48 rec., 18 rush) in only career game vs. LAR (10/14/18 w/ Den.). Has 50+ scrimmage yards & rush TD in 2 of his past 3 vs. NFC West. • WR BRANDIN COOKS has 5+ catches in 6 of 7 games this season. Has 100+ rec. yards in 4 of his past 5 at home. Had 122 catches for 1,787 yards & 7 TDs in 2 seasons (2018-19) with LAR. • LB ZACH CUNNINGHAM had TFL last week. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NFC West with TFL. Has PD in 2 of his past 3 at home. DE JONATHAN GREENARD had 2 sacks & 1st PD of season in Week 7. Aims for 4th in row with sack & 3rd in row with 2+ sacks. DE DEMARCUS WALKER had 2 TFL & 1st sack of season last week. Aims for 3rd in row with TFL. DE MALIEK COLLINS had 1st sack of season in Week 7. LB CHRISTIAN KIRKSEY had 8 tackles & PD last week. Has PD in 3 of his past 4. CB LONNIE JOHNSON led team with season-high 9 tackles & had INT last week. Has INT in 3 of past 4 & PD in 4 of past 5.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: FOX (1:00 PM ET): Chris Myers, Daryl Johnston, Jen Hale (field reporter) SIRIUS: 111 (LAR), 81 (Hou.) | XM: 387 (LAR), 226 (Hou.) | SXM App: 818 (LAR), 812 (Hou.)

TENNESSEE TITANS (5-2) AT INDIANAPOLIS COLTS (3-4)

SUNDAY, OCT. 31, 2021 // 1:O0 PM ET // LUCAS OIL STADIUM // REFEREE: CARL CHEFFERS

LEADER: Colts lead all-time series, 35-18

STREAKS: Titans have won past 2

LAST GAME: 9/26/21: Colts 16 at Titans 25

LAST GAME AT SITE: 11/29/20: Titans 45, Colts 26

QB RYAN TANNEHILL completed 21 of 27 passes (season-high 77.8 pct.) for 270 yards & TD vs. INT for 105.2 rating & rushed for TD last week. Aims for 3rd in row with rush TD. Has 105+ rating in 2 of past 3. Passed for season-high 3 TDs & tied career high with 56 rush yards in Week 3 meeting. Has 11 TDs (8 pass, 3 rush) vs. 2 INTs for 108.7 rating in his past 5 vs. division. • RB DERRICK HENRY had 102 scrimmage yards (86 rush, 16 rec.) last week & aims for his 7th in row with 100+ scrimmage yards. Has 125+ rush yards & rush TD in 3 of past 4. Rushed for 113 yards in Week 3 meeting & aims for his 5th in row vs. Ind. with 100+ rush yards. Has 886 rush yards (177.2 per game) & 10 rush TDs in his past 5 vs division. Leads NFL with 1,023 scrimmage yards, 869 rush yards & 10 rush TDs this season. • WR A.J. BROWNset season highs in catches (8) & rec. yards (133) & had rec. TD last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 7+ catches & 90+ rec. yards. Had 4 catches for 98 yards & TD in last road meeting. WR JULIO JONES has 125+ rec. yards in 3 of 4 career games vs. Ind. TE MYCOLE PRUITT had TD catch in Week 7. • S KEVIN BYARD had 1st FF of season last week. Has PD in 4 of his past 5 & INT in 2 of past 3. Had 5 tackles & 2 PD in Week 3 meeting. Aims for his 4th in row vs. Ind. with 5+ tackles. LB RASHAAN EVANS had FR & 1st-career INT last week. Had TFL in Week 3 meeting. LB BUD DUPREE had 1st sack & FF of season last week. Aims for is 3rd in row vs. Ind. with sack. DT DENICO AUTRY had season-high 2 sacks in Week 7.

QB CARSON WENTZ aims for 5th in row with 2+ TD passes, 0 INTs & 105+ rating, longest active streak in NFL. Has 9 TDs (8 pass, 1 rush) vs. 0 INTs for 119.5 rating in past 4. Has 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs in 2 career starts vs. Ten. Is 1 of 2 in NFL (RUSSELL WILSON) with 1 or fewer INTs this season (min. 100 attempts). • RB JONATHAN TAYLOR rushed for 107 yards & TD last week. Aims for 5th in row with 100+ scrimmage yards & rush TD, longest active streak in NFL. Rushed for 64 yards in Week 3 meeting. Ranks 2nd in NFL with 579 rush yards & tied-3rd with 5 rush TDs this season. RB NYHEIM HINES had 79 scrimmage yards (54 rec., 25 rush) & only rush TD of season in Week 3 meeting. Aims for his 4th in row vs. Ten. with 75+ scrimmage yards. RB MARLON MACK has rush TD in 2 of his past 3 vs. Ten. • WR T.Y. HILTON has TD catch in 2 of his past 3 vs. Ten. Has 70+ rec. yards 7 of his past 8 at home vs. division. WR MICHAEL PITTMAN had 105 rec. yards & TD last week. Has 85+ rec. yards & TD catch in 2 of past 3. Had 6 catches for 68 yards in Week 3 meeting. TE MO ALIE-COX aims for 3rd in row with rec. TD. • LB DARIUS LEONARD tied for team lead with 7 tackles & had FF last week. Aims for 3rd in row with FF & 5th in row with 7+ tackles. Had 6 tackles, INT & FR in Week 3 meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Ten. with PD. DT DEFOREST BUCKNER aims for 3rd in row with 5+ tackles & sack. Has 2 TFL in 4 of his past 5 vs. AFC South. CB XAVIER RHODES had 2 PD & 1st INT of season in Week 7. Has 5+ tackles in 2 of his past 3 at home.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: CBS (1:00 PM ET): Spero Dedes, Jay Feely SIRIUS: 98 (Ten.), 132 (Ind.) | XM: 390 (Ten.), 231 (Ind.) | SXM App: 830 (Ten.), 813 (Ind.)

CINCINNATI BENGALS (5-2) AT NEW YORK JETS (1-5)

SUNDAY, OCT. 31, 2021 // 1:O0 PM ET // METLIFE STADIUM // REFEREE: CRAIG WROLSTAD

LEADER: Jets lead all-time series, 15-10

STREAKS: Bengals have won past 3

LAST GAME: 12/1/19: Jets 6 at Bengals 22

LAST GAME AT SITE: 9/11/16: Bengals 23, Jets 22

QB JOE BURROW completed 23 of 38 passes (60.5 pct.) for career-high 416 yards & 3 TDs vs. INT for 113.5 rating last week, his 2nd-career game with 400+ pass yards & 3+ TD passes. Is 4th player ever with 2 such games within 1st 20 career games. Aims for 3rd in row with 3+ TD passes & 110+ rating. Is only player in NFL with 2+ TD passes in 7 games this season. • RB JOE MIXON rushed for 59 yards & TD last week. Aims for 5th in row with TD. Had 70 scrimmage yards (44 rush, 26 rec.) & rush TD in last meeting. Aims for his 6th in row vs. AFC East with 70+ scrimmage yards. RB SAMAJE PERINE had 75 scrimmage yards (52 rush, 23 rec.) & 1st rush TD of season in Week 7. Aims for 3rd in row with 75+ scrimmage yards & TD. • WR JA’MARR CHASE (rookie) led team with 8 catches for 201 yards & TD last week, becoming 2nd-youngest player ever with 200+ rec. yards in single game. Aims for 5th in row with 75+ rec. yards. Has 6+ catches, 150+ rec. yards & rec. TD in 2 of past 3. Ranks 2nd in NFL with 754 rec. yards, most-ever by player in 1st 7 career games. TE C.J. UZOMAH had 91 rec. yards & 2 TD catches in Week 7. Aims for 3rd in row with rec. TD. Ties for lead among TEs with career-high 5 rec. TDs this season. • DE TREY HENDRICKSON aims for 4th in row with sack. Is 1 of 3 in NFL (MYLES GARRETT & T.J. WATT) with 20+ sacks (20) since 2020. DT LARRY OGUNJOBI had season-high 1.5 sacks in Week 7. LB SAM HUBBARD had PD & career-high 2.5 sacks last week. Aims for 3rd in row with TFL. Had sack in last meeting.

QB MIKE WHITE expected to make 1st-career start. Completed 20 of 32 (62.5 pct.) for 202 yards & TD in NFL debut last week. • RB MICHAEL CARTER (rookie) had season-high 104 scrimmage yards (67 rec., 37 rush) with 8 catches last week, tied for most catches by NYJ rookie RB in single game since 1970 (BLAIR THOMAS in 1990). Aims for 3rd in row with 50+ scrimmage yards. Ranks 4th among rookie RBs with 333 scrimmage yards (202 rush, 131 rec.) this season. RB TY JOHNSON had 6 catches for career-high 65 rec. yards in Week 7. • WR COREY DAVIS had 4 catches for 47 yards & TD last week. Has rec. TD in 2 of past 3. Had 8 catches for 128 yards & TD in his last game vs. Cin. (11/1/20 w/ Ten.). Aims for his 4th in row vs. AFC North with 5+ catches & 100+ rec. yards. Has TD catch in 3 of his past 4 vs. AFC North. WR JAMISON CROWDER aims for his 4th in row at home with 5+ catches & rec. TD. Has TD catch in 2 of his past 3 vs. AFC North. Rookie WR ELIJAH MOORE rushed for 1st-career TD last week. • S MARCUS MAYE led team with career-high 12 tackles & had TFL & PD last week. Aims for his 8th in row with 6+ tackles. Has PD in 2 of his past 3. DL QUINNEN WILLIAMS had TFL last week & has TFL in 3 of past 4. Had TFL in last meeting. Has sack in 3 of his past 4 at home. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. AFC North with TFL. LB C.J. MOSLEY has 72 tackles (7.2 per game) in 10 career games vs. Cin. Aims for his 3rd in row at home with 10+ tackles. LB DEL’SHAWN PHILLIPS had 1st-career sack in Week 7.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: CBS (1:00 PM ET): Kevin Harlan, Trent Green, Melanie Collins (field reporter) SIRIUS: 99 (Cin.), 121 (NYJ) | XM: 391 (Cin.), 232 (NYJ) | SXM App: 806 (Cin.), 824 (NYJ)

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (3-4) AT LOS ANGELES CHARGERS (4-2)

SUNDAY, OCT. 31, 2021 // 4:05 PM ET // SOFI STADIUM // REFEREE: RONALD TORBERT

LEADER: Patriots lead all-time series, 23-14-2

STREAKS: Patriots have won past 5

LAST GAME: 12/6/20: Patriots 45 at Chargers 0

LAST GAME AT SITE: 12/6/20

QB MAC JONES (rookie) completed 24 of 36 passes (66.7 pct.) for season-high 307 yards & 2 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 111.7 rating last week. Aims for 3rd in row with 2+ TD passes & 110+ rating & 5th in row with 95+ rating. 4th rookie ever with 225+ passing yards & TD pass in 5 straight games. Leads all rookies in completions (174), passing yards (1,779), TD passes (9) & rating (92.8). • RB DAMIEN HARRIS rushed for season-high 106 yards & career-high 2 TDs last week. Aims for 4th in row with rush TD & 3rd in row with 100+ rush yards. Had 95 scrimmage yards (80 rush, 15 rec.) in last meeting. RB BRANDON BOLDEN led team with 6 catches for 79 yards & had 1st rec. TD of season last week. RB J.J. TAYLOR rushed for 1st 2 career TDs in Week 7. • WR JAKOBI MEYERS aims for 3rd in row overall & 7th in row at home with 5+ catches. WR KENDRICK BOURNE had 68 rec. yards & 25-yard TD pass last week, 1st-career pass attempt. Had TD catch in only career game vs. LAC (9/30/18 w/ SF). WR NELSON AGHOLOR had 51 rec. yards & TD catch in Week 7. TE HUNTER HENRY aims for 5th in row with rec. TD. Had 196 catches for 2,322 yards & 21 TDs in 5 seasons (2016-20) w/ Chargers. • CB J.C. JACKSON had INT last week. Aims for 5th in row with PD. Had INT in last meeting. Ranks tied-2nd in NFL with 10 PD this season. CB MYLES BRYANT had 1st-career sack & FF in Week 7. Aims for his 3rd in row with TFL. S KYLE DUGGER led team with 8 tackles & had INT last week. Aims for 3rd in row with INT & 5th in row with 7+ tackles. Had 5 tackles in last meeting.

QB JUSTIN HERBERT completed 22 of 39 passes (56.4 pct.) for 195 yards & TD vs. INT in Week 6. Has 3+ TD passes & 105+ rating in 3 of past 4. Passed for 209 yards in last meeting. Has 620 pass yards (310 per game) & 8 TDs (7 pass, 1 rush) vs. 0 INTs with 115.3 rating in his past 2 at home. • RB AUSTIN EKELER has 100+ scrimmage yards in 4 of his past 5 & TD in 3 of his past 4. Aims for 4th in row at home with 115+ scrimmage yards. Had 68 scrimmage yards (36 rush, 32 rec.) & 4 catches in last meeting. Has 120+ scrimmage yards in 2 of his past 3 vs. AFC East. Is only player in NFL with 3+ rush TDs (4) & 3+ rec. TDs (3) this season. • WR KEENAN ALLEN has 5+ catches & 50+ rec. yards in 5 of 6 games this season. Had 5 catches for 48 yards in last meeting. Has rec. TD in 3 of his past 4 vs. AFC East. WR MIKE WILLIAMS had 43 rec. yards in last meeting. Has 7+ catches, 90+ rec. yards & rec. TD in 2 of his past 3 at home. TE JARED COOK had TD catch last week & has rec. TD in 2 of past 3. • DE JOEY BOSA set season highs in tackles (5) & TFL (2) & had sack in Week 7. Has sack in 2 of past 3. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NE with TFL. DT LINVAL JOSEPH had 1st sack of season last week. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NE with 7+ tackles. LB UCHENNA NWOSU had season-high 5 tackles & 1st sack of season last week. S DERWIN JAMES aims for 3rd in row with 8+ tackles & FF. Has TFL in 3 of his past 4 at home. Ties for lead among safeties with 2 FFs & ranks 3rd with 50 tackles in 2021.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: CBS (4:05 PM ET): Ian Eagle, Charles Davis, Evan Washburn (field reporter) SIRIUS: 113 (NE), 206 (LAC) | XM: 386 (NE), 229 (LAC) | SXM App: 821 (NE), 817 (LAC)

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS (1-5) AT SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (2-5)

SUNDAY, OCT. 31, 2021 // 4:05 PM ET // LUMEN FIELD // REFEREE: ADRIAN HILL

LEADER: Seahawks lead all-time series, 5-3

STREAKS: Seahawks have won 2 of past 3

LAST GAME: 12/10/17: Seahawks 24 at Jaguars 30

LAST GAME AT SITE: 9/22/13: Seahawks 45, Jaguars 17

QB TREVOR LAWRENCE (rookie) passed for 319 yards & TD vs. 0 INTs for 93.2 rating in Week 6. Is only rookie with 300+ pass yards in 2 games this season. Aims for 4th in row with 90+ rating. Has 0 INTs in 2 of past 3. • RB JAMES ROBINSON had 101 scrimmage yards (73 rush, 28 rec.) & rush TD in Week 6. Aims for 5th in row with 75+ scrimmage yards & rush TD. Has 458 scrimmage yards (114.5 per game) & 5 rush TDs in his past 4. Aims for his 4th in row vs. NFC with 100+ scrimmage yards. RB CARLOS HYDE had 449 scrimmage yards (356 rush, 93 rec.) & 4 rush TDs in 2020 with Sea. • WR MARVIN JONES set season highs in catches (7) & rec. yards (100) & had rec. TD in Week 6, his 13th-career game with 100+ rec. yards. Had 7 catches for 117 yards & 2 TDs in his last game vs. Sea. (10/28/18 w/ Det.). Aims for his 6th in row vs. NFC West with 50+ rec. yards. WR LAVISKA SHENAULT had 6 catches for 54 yards in Week 6. Aims for 4th in row with 50+ rec. yards. Aims for his 5th in row on road with 5+ catches. WR JAMAL AGNEW had 5 catches for career-high 78 rec. yards in Week 6. Aims for 3rd in row with 5+ catches. • DE/LB JOSH ALLEN aims for 4th in row with PD & 3rd in row with 7+ tackles. LB DAMIEN WILSON led team & tied career high with 12 tackles in Week 6. Aims for his 9th in row with 5+ tackles. CB SHAQUILL GRIFFIN aims for his 3rd in row on road with PD. Had 248 tackles, 48 PD & 6 INTs in 4 seasons (2017-20) with Sea. CB NEVIN LAWSON had 2 PD & 1st-career INT in Week 6.

QB GENO SMITH passed for 167 yards & TD vs. 0 INTs for 94.3 rating last week. Aims for his 3rd start in row with TD vs. 0 INTs & 90+ rating. • RB ALEX COLLINS has 70+ scrimmage yards in 3 of his past 4. Rushed for 82 yards in his only career game vs. Jax. (9/25/17 w/ Bal.). • WR DK METCALF had 96 rec. yards & TD catch last week. Has 5 rec. TDs in his past 5. Aims for his 3rd in row at home with 90+ rec. yards & TD catch. Has 6+ catches in 4 of his past 5 vs. AFC. WR TYLER LOCKETT has 5+ catches & 50+ rec. yards in 2 of 3 home games this season. Had 4 catches, 100 scrimmage yards (90 rec., 10 rush) & TD catch in last meeting. Metcalf (23 rec. TDs) & Lockett (21) are 1 of 3 teammate pairs (MARK ANDREWS & MARQUISE BROWN; TRAVIS KELCE & TYREEK HILL) with 20+ TD catches each since 2019. • LB BOBBY WAGNER led team with 7 tackles in Week 7. Had 9 tackles, TFL & INT in last home meeting. Ranks 2nd in NFL with 79 tackles in 2021. Since 2012, leads league with 1,290 tackles. LB CARLOS DUNLAP had 5 tackles & 0.5 sacks last week. Has sack in 2 of his past 4 vs. Jax. S QUANDRE DIGGS aims for his 5th in row at home with 5+ tackles. S JAMAL ADAMS has 5+ tackles in 6 of his 7 games this season. Aims for his 4th in row vs. Jax. with 5+ tackles. DE RASHEEM GREEN had 2nd sack of season last week. LB JORDYN BROOKS had 1st-career FR in Week 7. Has 7+ tackles in 6 of his 7 games this season.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: CBS (4:05 PM ET): Greg Gumbel, Adam Archuleta, AJ Ross (field reporter) SIRIUS: 134 (Jax.), 85 (Sea.) | XM: 385 (Jax.), 228 (Sea.) | SXM App: 814 (Jax.), 828 (Sea.)

WASHINGTON FOOTBALL TEAM (2-5) AT DENVER BRONCOS (3-4)

SUNDAY, OCT. 31, 2021 // 4:25 PM ET // EMPOWER FIELD AT MILE HIGH // REFEREE: JOHN HUSSEY

LEADER: Broncos lead all-time series, 7-6

STREAKS: Washington has won 2 of past 3

LAST GAME: 12/24/17: Broncos 11 at Washington 27

LAST GAME AT SITE: Broncos 45, Washington 21

QB TAYLOR HEINICKE passed for 268 yards & TD vs. INT for 86.3 rating & had career-high 95 rush yards last week. Has 40+ rush yards in 3 of his past 4 starts. Aims for his 3rd start in row on road with 250+ pass yards. • RB ANTONIO GIBSON rushed for 51 yards last week. Has 9 scrimmage TDs (8 rush, 1 rec.) in 10 career road games. Aims for his 5th in row on road with 50+ scrimmage yards. RB J.D. MCKISSIC had 4 catches & 56 scrimmage yards (34 rec., 22 rush) in Week 7. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with 50+ scrimmage yards. Ranks 3rd among RBs with 249 rec. yards in 2021. Is 1 of 2 RBs (ALVIN KAMARA) with 100+ receptions (105) since 2020. • WR TERRY MCLAURIN led team with 7 receptions for 122 yards & had 15th-career rec. TD in Week 7, his 9th-career 100-yard game. Has 4 rec. TDs in his past 4 on road. Aims for his 3rd in row on road with 6+ catches, 120+ rec. yards & TD catch. TE RICKY SEALS-JONES had career-high 6 catches for 51 yards last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with 50+ rec. yards. • DE MONTEZ SWEAT had 20th-career sack & 6th-career FF last week. Has sack in 4 of his past 5 on road & aims for his 3rd in row on road with sack. DT JONATHAN ALLEN had 2nd 2-sack game this season, his 5th-career 2-sack game. Aims for his 3rd in row with TFL. LB COLE HOLCOMB aims for his 12th in row on road with 6+ tackles. S LANDON COLLINS led team with 7 tackles & had 4th-career FR last week. CB KENDALL FULLER has PD in 3 of his 4 career games vs. Den.

QB TEDDY BRIDGEWATER completed 23 of 33 (69.7 pct.) passes for 187 yards & 2 TDs vs. INT for 91.4 rating last week. Aims for 4th in row with 2+ TD passes. Has 75+ comp. pct. in 2 of his past 3 starts vs. NFC East. Ranks 5th in NFL with 70.1 comp. pct. • RB MELVIN GORDON had 1st TD catch of season last week. Rushed for 78 yards & TD in only career game vs. Was. (12/10/17 w/ LAC). Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NFC East with rush TD. Has 70+ scrimmage yards in 3 of his past 4 at home. Rookie RB JAVONTE WILLIAMS had season-high 6 catches, incl. 1st-career rec. TD in Week 7. Aims for 7th in row with 50+ scrimmage yards. Ranks 2nd among rookie RBs with 442 scrimmage yards, 320 rush yards & 20 catches this season. • WR COURTLAND SUTTON aims for 4th in row with 5+ catches & 65+ rec. yards. Has TD catch in 2 of past 3. WR TIM PATRICK has 40+ rec. yards in 2 of his past 3 at home. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NFC with TD catch. TE NOAH FANT aims for 3rd in row with 5+ catches. Aims for his 3rd in row at home with rec. TD. • LB VON MILLER aims for 3rd in row vs. Was. with FF & TFL. Had sack in last home meeting. Has TFL in 3 of his past 4 at home. Has 10 TFL, 7 sacks & 3 FFs in 6 career games vs. NFC East. S KAREEM JACKSON led team with 9 tackles in Week 7. Aims for 5th in row with 6+ tackles. Had 10 tackles, sack & PD in his last game vs. Was. (11/18/18 w/ Hou.). S JUSTIN SIMMONS had 5 tackles & PD last week. DE SHELBY HARRIS had 2nd sack of season last week. Has TFL in 2 of past 3.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: CBS (4:25 PM ET): Brandon Gaudin, Mark Schlereth, Shannon Spake (field reporter) SIRIUS: 111 (Was.), 81 (Den.) | XM: 387 (Was.), 226 (Den.) | SXM App: 831 (Was.), 809 (Den.)

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS (6-1) AT NEW ORLEANS SAINTS (4-2)

SUNDAY, OCT. 31, 2021 // 4:25 PM ET // CAESARS SUPERDOME // REFEREE: CLETE BLAKEMAN

LEADER: Saints lead all-time series, 37-21

STREAKS: Saints have won past 5

LAST GAME: 11/8/20: Saints 38 at Buccaneers 3

LAST GAME AT SITE: 9/13/20: Saints 34, Buccaneers 23

QB TOM BRADY had 4 TD passes last week & became 1st player in NFL history with 600+ TD passes (602). Has 37 games with 4+ TD passes & 97 games with 3+ TD passes, both tied with DREW BREES for most all-time. Has 3,514 pass yards (319.5 per game) & 28 TDs (24 pass, 4 rush) vs. 3 INTs for 107.2 rating in 11 road starts with TB. Had 3 TDs (2 pass, 1 rush) at NO in 2020 NFC-D (1/17/21). • RB LEONARD FOURNETTE aims for his 4th in row with 90+ scrimmage yards & rush TD. Had 107 scrimmage yards (63 rush, 44 rec.) & TD catch at NO in 2020 NFC-D (1/17/21). Is 1 of 3 RBs (ALVIN KAMARA & JONATHAN TAYLOR) with 400+ rush yards (413) & 200+ rec. yards (222) in 2021. • WR MIKE EVANS had 2nd-career game with 3 rec. TDs last week. Is 1 of 2 WRs (COOPER KUPP) with 3+ games with 2+ rec. TDs in 2021. Has rec. TD in 3 of his past 4 at NO, incl. playoffs. WR CHRIS GODWIN led team with 8 catches & 111 rec. yards & had 3rd rec. TD of season last week. Has 3 rec. TDs in his past 3 reg. season games at NO. • LB DEVIN WHITE led team with 10 tackles & had 6th-career FR last week. Had 11 tackles, INT & FR in 2020 NFC-D (1/17/21) at NO. Aims for his 5th in row vs. NO, incl. playoffs, with 11+ tackles. LB JASON PIERRE-PAUL had 21st-career game with 2+ sacks (2) & 21st-career FF last week. Had sack in last reg.season road meeting. LB SHAQUIL BARRETT had sack, FF & FR last week. Had sack & FF in last reg. season meeting.

QB JAMEIS WINSTON passed for 222 yards & TD vs. 0 INTs in Week 7. Has 6 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 138 rating in 2 home starts this season. Was selected No. 1 overall by TB in 2015 NFL Draft. Is TB franchise all-time leader in pass yards (19,373) & pass TDs (121). • RB ALVIN KAMARA had 10 catches, season-high 179 scrimmage yards (128 rec., 51 rush) & 19th-career rec. TD last week. Has 5 games with 10+ catches, tied-4th most by RB all-time. Has 351 career catches & can surpass ROGER CRAIG (358) for most by RB in 1st 5 seasons all-time. Aims for his 3rd in row with rec. TD & 5th in row with 115+ scrimmage yards. Has 850 scrimmage yards (106.3 per game) & 9 TDs (6 rush, 3 rec.) in 8 career games vs. TB. • WR MARQUEZ CALLAWAY has 70+ rec. yards in 2 of his past 3. Has 3 rec. TDs in his past 4. WR TRE’QUAN SMITH had TD catch in last meeting. • DE CAMERON JORDAN had 1st sack of season last week. Has TFL in 6 of his past 7 at home vs. TB. Ranks 4th in NFL with 94.5 sacks since 2012. LB DEMARIO DAVIS had 10 tackles, careerhigh 4 TFL, 2 sacks & PD last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with sack. Has 8 PD in his past 5 vs. TB. Had sack in last home meeting. CB MARSHON LATTIMORE aims for his 8th in row vs. TB & 12th in row overall with PD. Is only player with 10+ PD in each of past 5 seasons. S MALCOLM JENKINS had 1st sack of season last week. Had INT in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. TB with PD.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: FOX (4:25 PM ET): Joe Davis, Troy Aikman, Erin Andrews/Kristina Pink (field reporters) SIRIUS: 133 (TB), 83 (NO) | XM: 384 (TB), 225 (NO) | SXM App: 829 (TB), 822 (NO)

DALLAS COWBOYS (5-1) AT MINNESOTA VIKINGS (3-3)

SUNDAY, OCT. 31, 2021 // 8:20 PM ET // U.S. BANK STADIUM // REFEREE: SCOTT NOVAK

LEADER: Cowboys lead all-time series, 13-12

STREAKS: Cowboys have won 3 of past 4

LAST GAME: 11/22/20: Cowboys 28 at Vikings 31

LAST GAME AT SITE: 11/22/20

QB DAK PRESCOTT passed for season-high 445 pass yards & 3 TDs vs. INT for 108.7 rating in Week 6. Has 9 games with 400+ pass yards since 2018, most in NFL. Has 400+ pass yards & 3+ TD passes in 3 of his past 4 road starts. Passed for 397 yards & 3 TDs vs. INT for 101.4 rating in his last start vs. Min. (11/10/19). • RB EZEKIEL ELLIOTT had 119 scrimmage yards (69 rush, 50 rec.) & season-high 7 receptions in Week 6. Aims for his 5th in row with 100+ scrimmage yards. Has 1,576 scrimmage yards (121.2 per game) in 13 career SNF games. Aims for his 3rd in row at Min. with 100+ scrimmage yards & TD. RB TONY POLLARD had rush TD in last meeting. Aims for his 6th in row with 60+ scrimmage yards. • WR CEEDEE LAMB set career highs in catches (9) & rec. yards (149) & 2nd-career game with 2 rec. TDs in Week 6. Had TD catch in last meeting. Aims for his 4th in row on road with 80+ rec. yards & 5th in row on road with 5+ catches. WR AMARI COOPER has 22 receptions for 307 yards (102.3 per game) & rec. TD in 3 career games vs. Min. Has 10+ catches in 2 of his past 3 on SNF. TE DALTON SCHULTZ has 5+ catches in 5 of 6 games in 2021 & aims for his 5th in row with 5+ catches. Had rec. TD in last meeting. • CB TREVON DIGGS became 2nd player since 1970 (HOFer ROD WOODSON) with 7 INTs in team’s 1st 6 games of season & 2nd player in SB era (BRIAN RUSSELL – 2003) with INT in each of his team’s 1st 6 games of season.

QB KIRK COUSINS passed for season-high 373 yards & 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 112.6 rating in Week 6. Has 20 career games with 300+ pass yards, 3+ TD passes & 110+ rating, most by QB in 1st 10 seasons in NFL history. Passed for 314 yards & 3 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 140.1 rating in last meeting. Has 2,172 pass yards (310.3 per game) & 17 TDs vs. 4 INTs for 113.6 rating in 7 starts on SNF. • RB DALVIN COOK rushed for 140 yards & TD in Week 6. Has 343 scrimmage yards (171.5 per game) & 2 rush TDs in 2 games vs. Dal. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. Dal. with 160+ scrimmage yards & rush TD. Aims for his 4th in row on SNF with TD. RB ALEXANDER MATTISON has 150+ scrimmage yards in 2 of past 3 at home. • WR JUSTIN JEFFERSON had 8 catches for 80 yards in Week 6. Aims for his 10th in row with 5+ receptions. Had 86 rec. yards & TD catch in last meeting. Has 9 rec. TDs in his past 10 at home. WR ADAM THIELEN had season-high 11 receptions for 126 rec. yards & TD catch in Week 6. Had 8 catches for 123 yards & 2 rec. TDs in last meeting. Has 31 catches (7.8 per game) for 374 yards (93.5 per game) & 4 rec. TDs in his past 4 on SNF. WR K.J. OSBORN had 6 catches for 78 yards & rec. TD in Week 6. • DE DANIELLE HUNTER aims for his 3rd in row at home with sack. Had 2 sacks in only career home game vs. Dal. (12/1/16). DE EVERSON GRIFFEN has 4 sacks in 3 home games in 2021 & aims for his 4th in row at home with sack. Has 1.5 sacks, FF & FR in 3 career games vs. Dal. LB ERIC KENDRICKS had 2nd sack of season & 5th-career FR in Week 6.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: NBC (8:20 PM ET): Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya (field reporter) NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Dave Pasch, Mike Golic SIRIUS: 81 (Dal..), 211 (Min.), National (88) | XM: 226 (Dal..), 225 (Min.), National (88) | SXM App: 808 (Dal.), 820 (Min.), National (88)

NEW YORK GIANTS (2-5) AT KANSAS CITY CHIEFS (3-4)

MONDAY, NOV. 1, 2021 // 8:15 PM ET // ARROWHEAD STADIUM // REFEREE: JEROME BOGER

LEADER: Giants lead all-time series, 11-3

STREAKS: Giants have won 5 of past 6

LAST GAME: 11/19/17: Chiefs 9 at Giants 12

LAST GAME AT SITE: 9/29/13: Chiefs 31, Giants 7

QB DANIEL JONES passed for 203 yards & TD vs. 0 INTs for 95.9 rating in Week 7. Has 100+ rating in 2 of his 3 road starts this season. Aims for his 4th in row on MNF with 25+ completions. Ranks 3rd among QBs with 229 rush yards in 2021. • RB DEVONTAE BOOKER had 66 scrimmage yards (51 rush, 15 rec.) & 2nd rush TD of season last week. Aims for his 4th in row with 50+ scrimmage yards. • WR STERLING SHEPARD aims for his 3rd in row on road with 9+ catches & 75+ rec. yards & 3rd in row on MNF with 6+ receptions. WR DARIUS SLAYTON had 5 catches for team-high 63 yards in Week 7. Has 100+ rec. yards & 2+ rec. TDs in 2 of his past 3 on MNF. Aims for his 4th in row on MNF with 5+ catches. WR DANTE PETTIS had 5 receptions & 9th-career TD catch last week. Aims for his 3rd in row with 5+ catches. TE EVAN ENGRAM had season-high 6 receptions in Week 7. Has 5+ catches in 2 of his past 3 on MNF. • DL LEONARD WILLIAMS had 1.5 sacks last week. Has 4 sacks in his past 3. Aims for his 3rd in row on MNF with sack & 4th in row on MNF with TFL. LB AZEEZ OJULARI had career-high 2.5 sacks last week & leads all rookies with 5.5 sacks. CB JAMES BRADBERRY had 3rd INT in Week 7 & is 1 of 2 DBs (J.C. JACKSON) with 3+ INTs in each of past 3 seasons. Aims for his 5th in row on MNF & 9th in row overall with PD. Since 2016, ranks 2nd in NFL with 73 PD. DB LOGAN RYAN had 13 tackles & 3 PD in his last game vs. KC (11/10/19 w/ Ten.).

QB PATRICK MAHOMES has 250+ pass yards & 2+ TD passes in 6 games this season, tied-most in NFL (MATTHEW STAFFORD). Aims for his 5th in row at home with 2+ TD passes. Has 36 TDs (35 pass, 1 rush) vs. 7 INTs for 108.1 rating in 12 career starts vs. NFC. Ranks 3rd in NFL with 18 TD passes this season. • RB DARREL WILLIAMS aims for 3rd in row with 50+ scrimmage yards. Has 3 rush TD in 2 career games vs. NFC East. • TE TRAVIS KELCE had team-high 7 catches for 65 yards last week, his 79th-career game with 5+ catches, 4th-most ever by TE. Aims for 4th in row with 6+ catches & 50+ rec. yards. Had 8 catches for 109 yards in last meeting. Has TD catch in 4 of his past 5 at home. Leads all TEs with 45 catches & 533 rec. yards this season. WR TYREEK HILL aims for 6th in row with 5+ catches. Had 7 catches for 68 yards in last meeting. Aims for his 3rd in row vs. NFC East with 9+ catches, 75+ rec. yards & rec. TD. Aims for his 10th in row at home with 50+ rec. yards. Ranks tied-2nd in NFL with 52 catches in 2021. WR BYRON PRINGLE set season highs in catches (5) & rec. yards (73) last week & aims for 3rd in row with 50+ rec. yards. • S TYRANN MATHIEU aims for 3rd in row with 5+ tackles. Had 9 tackles & PD in his last game vs. NYG (9/23/18 w/ Hou.). Rookie LB NICK BOLTON had season-high 15 tackles & 4 TFL last week. Has 7 TFL in his past 3. Leads all rookies with 55 tackles & 9 TFL this season. LB BEN NIEMANN had 1st sack of season in Week 7. LB WILLIE GAY had 1st-career INT last week.

ON THE AIRWAVES TV: ESPN (8:15 PM ET): Steve Levy, Brian Griese, Louis Riddick, Lisa Salters (field reporter) NATIONAL RADIO: Westwood One: Kevin Harlan, Kurt Warner SIRIUS: 81 (NYG), 83 (KC), National (88) | XM: 226 (NYG), 225 (KC), National (88) | SXM App: 823 (NYG), 815 (KC), National (88)

Quenneville’s meeting with Bettman may decide Florida fate

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) Joel Quenneville remained in place as coach of the Florida Panthers on Wednesday, one day before he travels to New York for a meeting with NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman that will likely determine if he can keep his job.

Meanwhile, the player who said he was sexually assaulted by a member of Quenneville’s Chicago coaching staff in May 2010 went public with his identity – he’s former first-round pick Kyle Beach – and said he’s certain Quenneville knew about the allegations when they were made during the Blackhawks’ run to the Stanley Cup that season.

“There’s absolutely no way that he can deny knowing it,” Beach told TSN.

An investigation, the results of which were released Tuesday, found that the allegations Beach made against then-assistant Brad Aldrich were largely ignored by the team for three weeks after a May 23, 2010, meeting discussing them took place.

That was the same day Chicago finished off a four-game sweep of San Jose to reach the Stanley Cup final, and Beach told TSN that based on what others involved have said he believes that Quenneville thought “trying to win a Stanley Cup was more important than sexual assault.”

Beach said a meeting about his claims – it was not clear which one he was referring to – took place in Quenneville’s office.

“I hope through and through that Gary Bettman takes this seriously and that he does his due diligence … before he makes his decision,” Beach told TSN.

Beach’s interview aired in Canada about an hour before the Panthers played host to the Boston Bruins. Quenneville was behind the bench with his team for the game, like usual.

How much longer he’ll have the job is most uncertain.

The Panthers were off to a flying start this season, beginning 6-0-0 for the first time in franchise history entering Wednesday. Then came Tuesday, when Quenneville was named in the report, and the Panthers suddenly had a major issue on their hands.

“Our focus is on the ice,” Florida defenseman Brandon Montour insisted Wednesday, before the game.

Quenneville read from a prepared statement after the team’s morning skate Wednesday, saying he could not discuss the specifics because the investigation is ongoing.

The success Quenneville had in Chicago – three Stanley Cups – was why Florida brought him in to coach the Panthers a little over two seasons ago. He’s one of the biggest reasons why this Florida team believes it, finally, can win a title.

Quenneville is the second-winningest coach in NHL history, his 968 victories trailing only the 1,244 amassed by Scotty Bowman – the father of now-former Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman, who resigned Tuesday when the investigation’s findings were released.

Quenneville was brought into Florida to turn around a long-struggling franchise, one that had cycled through 15 coaches in 25 seasons, including five in a six-season span before Quenneville was hired.

“He’s going to be the coach that’s going to bring us to the Cup,” Panthers forward Jonathan Huberdeau said when Quenneville was hired in 2019.

It remains most uncertain if Quenneville will still have a chance to prove Huberdeau right.

Lightning’s Kucherov out 8-10 weeks after undergoing surgery

(AP) — Tampa Bay Lightning winger Nikita Kucherov is expected to be out 8-10 weeks after undergoing an unspecified surgery for an unspecified lower-body injury.

The two-time defending Stanley Cup champions announced Kucherov’s prognosis with no additional details Wednesday. The timeframe would mean Kucherov could be back playing just before or after the New Year.

Kucherov was injured Oct. 16 in Tampa Bay’s third game of the season. He doubled over in pain after an innocent-looking collision in the third period of the Lightning’s game at Washington.

Coach Jon Cooper said two days later that Kucherov would be out for a while. The team put Kucherov on long-term injured reserve not long after.

Kucherov was Tampa Bay’s leading scorer on each of the past two Stanley Cup runs. He missed the entire regular season last year recovering from hip surgery and returned for the first game of the playoffs.

Now 28, Kucherov won the Hart Trophy as MVP in 2018-19 when he led the NHL with 87 assists and 128 points. After winning the Presidents’ Trophy as the top regular-season team, the Lightning were swept by Columbus in the first round of the playoffs – a defeat Cooper and others credit to Kucherov adjusting his game.

Kucherov was still more than a point-a-game player the following season with 85 in 68 games before the pandemic shutdown. He led all players in the 2020 postseason bubble with 34 points.

The combination of a hip injury that required surgery late in 2020 and the shortened, condensed 56-game schedule for 2021 perfectly aligned for the Lightning to stash Kucherov’s $9.5 million salary cap for the entire season. That allowed them to keep together most of their core and add at the deadline, setting them up to be the first back-to-back Cup champions since Pittsburgh in 2016 and 2017 with Kucherov back and playing at a high level.

Tampa Bay has been inconsistent early this season, before and after Kucherov’s injury. The Lightning did not have a regulation win until beating the Penguins on Tuesday night.

Kucherov has 678 points in 361 NHL regular-season and playoff games during his career. One thing missing from his resume is playing at the Olympics, and Kucherov was named one of the Russians’ first three roster picks for the upcoming 2022 Games in Beijing.

THIS WEEK IN BIG 10 HOCKEY

• All seven schools will be in action this weekend, highlighted by a top-15 matchup to open conference play. No. 14/- Notre Dame will hit the road on Friday and Saturday to take on No. 7/7 Minnesota, with both contests between the Irish and the Gophers airing on linear networks. Six contests will be available to stream, with the complete schedule appearing to the right.

• This season, teams will be awarded three points in the conference standings for a win in regulation. If the game is tied following regulation, both teams will receive one point, with a second point being awarded to the team that wins in either the 3-on-3 overtime period or the shootout.

• Through four weeks of play, Big Ten teams have recorded a non-conference mark of 25-13-1. With a winning percentage of .654, the Big Ten paces all Division I conferences.

• Six Big Ten teams are receiving votes in the USCHO.com and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls this week. Michigan leads the conference at No. 2 in the USCHO.com poll and No. 3 in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll, while Minnesota follows at No. 7/7 and Notre Dame rounds out the list at No. 14 in the USCHO.com poll. Ohio State, Penn State and Wisconsin are all receiving votes in the USCHO.com poll, while Notre Dame and Penn State are receiving votes in the USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine poll.

• Since the 2013-14 season, six Big Ten programs (Michigan, Minnesota, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Penn State and Wisconsin) have been ranked in the top five of the USCHO.com and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls. Those six teams have combined to be ranked in the top five of both polls a total of 157 times, with at least one top-five team in 123 out of 202 weeks.

• Big Ten teams currently occupy five of the top 20 positions on the national team scoring list, including two of the top five teams. Michigan leads the conference and ranks second in the nation with 4.50 goals per game, followed by Notre Dame and Penn State tied for fifth (4.00) and Ohio State in 11th (3.75), while Minnesota rounds out the list at No. 19 (3.50).

• Seven Big Ten goalies find themselves among the top 25 nationally in save percentage this season, including four of the top 10. Ohio State’s Jakub Dobeš leads the conference and ranks second nationally with a .986 save percentage, followed by Michigan State’s Drew DeRidder (6th, .947), Penn State’s Liam Souliere (8th, .945), Notre Dame’s Matthew Galajda (9th, .943), Penn State’s Oskar Autio (12th, .938), Michigan State’s Pierce Charleson (13th, .933) and Wisconsin’s Jared Moe (23rd, .922).

• Three active Big Ten coaches have amassed at least 200 wins in their careers, led by one who has more than 500 career victories. Notre Dame’s Jeff Jackson is the conference’s active wins leader with 534 career victories. He is followed by Minnesota’s Bob Motzko (337) and Penn State’s Guy Gadowsky (334). Jackson currently ranks fourth among active Division I coaches in career victories, while Motzko and Gadowsky rank 14th and 15th, respectively. Michigan head coach Mel Pearson is approaching the 200-win milestone with 191 career victories.

• The 2021-22 Big Ten hockey regular season will feature the most extensive slate of television coverage in college hockey, with more than 60 total games. The lineup is highlighted by a package of 25 national broadcasts to be carried on Big Ten Network, five broadcasts on NBCSN and three on ESPNU. An additional 28 games will be carried on the Bally Sports Regional Networks.

• Every televised game on the Big Ten Network can be streamed nation-wide via the web, smartphones, tablets and connected devices on the FOX Sports app. B1G+ will stream all of the games broadcast on the Bally Sports Regional Networks, in addition to all other non-televised games played in Big Ten arenas.

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INDIANA PACERS: Game Rewind: Pacers 100 , Raptors 118

Game Recap

The Pacers took on the Toronto Raptors at Scotiabank Arena hoping to rebound after a loss to the Milwaukee Bucks. But it was not in the cards tonight. The Raptors’ length and physical play led to 23 Indiana turnovers as the Pacers (1-4) inevitably fell to Toronto (2-3), 118-100. The Blue & Gold have not won in the regular season in Toronto since the 2013-14 NBA season.

“We were a step slow all night,” head coach Rick Carlisle said postgame. “They were very aggressive. They were up and into us. We only got three out of 12 loose balls in the game. That’s been the number one indicator of our success and lack of success in the first five games.”

Four Pacers finished in double figures. Malcolm Brogdon led the way with 18 points on 7-of-13 shooting. However, he exited the third quarter with left hamstring soreness and did not return to action. Chris Duarte added 14, while Jeremy Lamb had 12 off the bench.

Fred VanVleet had a game-high 26 for the Raptors. Coming into tonight, VanVleet had made just six 3-pointers through four games. He equaled his total tonight.

Indiana started cold from the floor, connecting on just one of its first six shot attempts. The drought led to a run of seven unanswered Toronto points and the hosts took an early lead. However, the Blue & Gold found some success in the paint with Domantas Sabonis. His six early points helped Indiana out of the deficit as they took an 8-7 lead with 7:00 left in the first.

The squads remained in a tight battle over the next few minutes. Toronto maintained a slight edge behind the efforts of OG Anunoby. The former Hoosier had nine points over the opening 6:36. He finished the frame with 15.

With 3:54 to play and the score tied at 16 apiece, the Raptors tallied five straight as part of an 11-4 run to take a 27-20 lead. The Blue & Gold managed to cut the lead to five (29-24) on Duarte’s crisp pull-up jumper with 1.7 seconds remaining.

A 7-2 Pacers run over the first 1:37 of the second period tied the score at 31. With the offense struggling, Brogdon took matters into his own hands by driving into the paint and notching consecutive buckets. With 9:35 to play, he added two free throws to give Indiana its first lead since it was 2-0.

The President was not done. He then tallied a triple and a crafty driving reverse layup to keep Indiana in front. He finally received help at the 6:35 mark when Oshae Brissett dropped in a floater to give the Blue & Gold a 42-41 lead.

However, the Pacers had trouble extending the lead from there. Toronto’s length in the paint forced several uncharacteristic Indiana turnovers and empty possessions. The Raptors rattled off six straight in a 2:54 span to take a 48-42 lead and force an Indiana timeout with 2:38 remaining.

Out of the timeout, the Raptors’ length continued to be a problem. Indiana committed two more turnovers and had a shot blocked over the final two minutes. A late three by VanVleet pushed Toronto’s lead to 57-48 before the teams headed to the locker room.

The Blue & Gold could not chip into the deficit much over the first half of the third. A three from Myles Turner at the 7:17 mark cut Toronto’s lead to 63-57, but five quick Raptors points quickly pushed their lead back to 11. To make matters worse, the Pacers received news that Brogdon would not return to action after injuring his hamstring early in the frame.

At the 4:37 mark, Indiana managed to trim the lead to seven, 69-62, after T.J. McConnell knocked in a nifty fadeaway jumper. But once again, the Raptors quickly extended the lead back to 11.

Indiana’s turnover train continued chugging along. The Raptors kept capitalizing and pushed their lead to 81-66 on VanVleet’s 3-pointer with 1:23 to go. Jeremy Lamb’s 3-pointer with 6.6 seconds to play appeared to give Indiana some hope before entering the fourth. But VanVleet responded with another triple with 1.4 seconds remaining to take an 87-71 lead into the final frame.

The Blue & Gold found themselves struggling to make headway early in the fourth. Duarte’s triple to start the frame provided a glimmer of hope, but VanVleet’s sixth 3-pointer of the game and a reverse layup from Khem Birch pushed the Raptors’ lead back to 94-78 with 9:03 to play.

At the 7:30 mark, the hosts extended their lead to 20, 98-78, after Scottie Barnes put his head down, drove the lane, and finished with a flush. However, Indiana quickly responded with a 12-2 run to close the gap to 100-90. Brad Wanamaker capped the run with five quick points, including a 28-foot trey that induced a Toronto timeout.

Out of the timeout, the Raptors regained their footing. Behind another Pacers turnover, VanVleet knocked in consecutive buckets to push the lead back to 14. With 2:57 to play, Anunoby added a triple to extend Toronto’s lead to 107-92. After that, Indiana never threatened again.

To add insult to injury, Isaiah Jackson, a highly-touted Pacers rookie, appeared to hyper-extend his left knee after fighting for a rebound. Jackson seemed to be in quite a bit of pain and needed help walking to the Pacers locker room with 2:01 remaining.

The Blue & Gold do not have much time to rest, as they have to prepare to play the star-filled Brooklyn Nets on Friday at Barclays Center.

Inside The Numbers

Coming into tonight, the Raptors were averaging a league-best 16.3 offensive rebounds per game. Tonight, they hauled in 16 more. The Pacers had just nine offensive boards.

Domantas Sabonis scored the first six points for the Blue & Gold but was held to just three more points for the remainder of the game.

The Pacers shot better from the floor than the Raptors (48.1 percent to 46 percent). However, the Raptors shot better from deep (46.7 percent to 34.5 percent).

You Can Quote Me On That

“We have to take care of the ball. We have to be strong with the ball. We have to make the simple pass. Sometimes, we try to make the tough pass, or the home run pass, and we just have to keep it simple.” –Lamb on fixing the turnover issues

“They crowded the paint from start to finish. (It) made it really difficult. They’ve got quick, angular guys, and they were ripping at the ball all night. They knocked a lot of balls loose. Give them credit. They executed well.” –Carlisle on the difficulties offensively

“They just outworked us, played harder than us, and I think we were not ready to play today.” –Duarte on what went wrong

Stat of The Night

The 23 Indiana turnovers set a new season-high for the squad. The errors led to 31 points for Toronto.

Noteworthy

  • Indiana’s last regular-season win against the Raptors in Toronto came on March 1, 2013.
  • Toronto has won 10 out of the last 14 matchups against Indiana.
  • Chris Duarte has started his NBA career by finishing in double figures for five straight games.

Up Next

The Pacers travel to Brooklyn to take on Kevin Durant, James Harden and the Nets on Friday, Oct. 29 at 7:30 PM ET.

COLTS NEWS

Defensive end Dayo Odeyingbo set a goal to play in 2021 when the Colts selected him in the second round (54th overall) in this year’s NFL Draft.

Odeyingbo, who suffered an Achilles’ injury training for the Senior Bowl in January, took a big step this week toward making his NFL debut: He started practicing.

The 6-foot-6, 276 pound Odeyingbo is still getting mentally adjusted to playing again on his surgically-repaired Achilles, especially when it comes to taking on blocks and making tackles. But he felt like Wednesday’s practice was a positive step and that things are trending well as he works his way toward playing his first game for the Colts.

Before this week, Odeyingbo stayed locked in by focusing on taking mental reps during walkthroughs and practices, and defensive tackle DeForest Buckner said he did a good job staying engaged during position meetings.

“I feel like he’s one of those guys where you tell him hey, on this play you have this job, if the motion happens this is that, you have to check to this on a certain drop or whatever and he’s on it,” Buckner said. “And coach likes to ask him questions in meetings to keep him engaged because obviously he’s been out for so long. And when he asks him questions, he answers them right away. So it just shows how mentally locked in he’s been and we’ve been seeing the work he’s been putting in to get back on the field and I’m excited to see what he’s able to do today.” 

The Colts on Wednesday opened a three-week window during which they can activate Odeyingbo off the Reserve/Non-Football Injury list; he is eligible to be activated from NFI at any point in that window (previously, players on NFI had to miss a minimum of eight games, but that was reduced to six starting this season).

“I want to get out there as soon as possible,” Odeyingbo said. “Obviously the trainers and coaches want to be smart with it and I do too so we’re not going to rush anything but when I feel ready and they feel like I’m ready, I’ll be out there.”

Colts React To Julian Blackmon Injury

The Colts announced Thursday morning safety Julian Blackmon suffered a torn Achilles’ during Wednesday’s practice. Linebacker Darius Leonard offered his thoughts on the loss of Blackmon on Thursday.

“That’s a huge loss,” Leonard said. “A guy who was playing at a very high level this season, someone who does everything right. No matter what you ask him, he’s doing it. He’s always come in with a smile on his face, never complained about anything and for him to go down in practice the way that it did, that sucks. I hated it for him. It’ll be a tough loss for our defense because there’s nobody who ballhawks like he does.

“… For a freak accident like that to happen in practice, nobody wants to get hurt in practice. If you do get hurt, you want to get hurt in a game, leave it out on the field. That’s what sucks. Hopefully just talking to him he’s in good spirits and he comes back even stronger, even better and continues to be that ballhawk that he is.”  

INDY FUEL: CLIFF WATSON ASSIGNED TO THE FUEL

INDIANAPOLIS – The Rockford IceHogs, American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate of the ECHL’s Indy Fuel, announced Wednesday that they have assigned defenseman Cliff Watson to the Indy Fuel. 

Watson, 27, joins the Fuel after playing in two games for the IceHogs to start the 2021-22 season. The 6-foot-2, 190-pound defenseman signed a 2-way contract with the IceHogs this season after splitting last year between Indy and Rockford. Skating in 45 games for the Fuel, Watson tallied one goal, 16 assists and 32 penalty minutes. 

Watson joins the Fuel ahead of a one-game road trip with the Cincinnati Cyclones. Following their game against Cincinnati, the Fuel return home on Wednesday and Saturday to face the Toledo Walleye and Iowa Heartlanders. 

Various ticket options are now on sale for the Fuel’s 8th season at Indiana Farmers Coliseum! Lock up your seat for every second of the action at Indiana Farmers Coliseum with a Fuel Ticket Plan – grab yours by heading to IndyFuelHockey.com or by calling the Fuel front office at 317-925-FUEL. Don’t forget to follow the Fuel on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (IndyFuel) for news, updates, contests and much more throughout the 2021-22 season. 

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Reagan Wilson 5’7 Sophomore Noblesville

Isabella Gizza 5’7 Junior New Palestine

Novalee Glass 6’0 Senior Brownsburg

Layla Gold 5’10 Junior Park Tudor

Alli Harness 5’7 Sophomore Flora Carroll

Bailey Kelham 5’8 Junior Garrett

Ally Madden 6’3 Senior Blue River Valley

Maci Chamberlin 5’ 7” Sophomore Blue River Valley

Natalie Noel 5’10 Senior Salem

Karsyn Norman 5’7 Junior Bedford North Lawrence

Kaybree Oxley 5’10 Senior Tecumseh

Annika Marlow 5’5 Senior Rushville

Tori Allen 5’8 Junior Andrean

Alaysha Brandenberger 5’6 Senior Boonville

Alexis Castator 6’0 Sophomore Ft. Wayne Carroll

Jaleigh Crawford 5’11 Senior Elwood

Jackie Crews 5’7 Junior Paoli

Kylee Edwards 5’6 Junior Shelbyville

Hope Fox 5’9 Senior East Central

Kenzie Fulks 5’6 Sophomore Bethesda Christian

Renna Schwieterman 5’10 Junior Jay Co.

Hailey Smith 5’9 Junior Fishers

Zoe Stewart 5’9 Senior Terre Haute North

Bailey Tabeling 5’9 Junior Trinity Lutheran

Aliana Thorne 6’0 Senior Washington

Ellie Wilkerson 5’9 Senior Plainfield

Faith Wiseman 6’2 Sophomore Indian Creek

BIG 10 MEN’S BASKETBALL: Illinois’ Kofi Cockburn Named Big Ten Preseason Player of the Year

Headlines group of 11 standouts on the Preseason All-Big Ten TeamIllinois junior center Kofi Cockburn has been named the 2021-22 Big Ten Preseason Player of the Year as chosen by a select media panel, the conference office announced Wednesday. A first-team All-Big Ten honoree in 2020-21, Cockburn was the only player in the country last season to average at least 15 points and nine rebounds while shooting at least 60 percent.

The media also selected an 11-member Preseason All-Big Ten Team, with eight conference programs represented.

Cockburn, along with Indiana junior forward Trayce Jackson-Davis, Michigan sophomore center Hunter Dickinson, Ohio State junior forward E.J. Liddell and Purdue sophomore guard Jaden Ivey, were unanimous selections to the Preseason All-Big Ten Team. Illinois sophomore guard Andre Curbelo, Iowa sophomore forward Keegan Murray, Maryland senior guard Eric Ayala, Michigan freshman guard/forward Caleb Houstan, Purdue senior forward Trevion Williams and Rutgers senior guard/forward Ron Harper Jr. also earned preseason accolades.

Cockburn, Jackson-Davis, Dickinson, Liddell and Williams earned first-team All-Big Ten honors in 2020-21, while Harper Jr. was a third-team selection and Ayala was named honorable mention. Curbelo was tabbed the Big Ten Sixth Man of the Year in 2020-21 and Dickinson claimed Freshman of the Year honors. Curbelo and Dickinson were joined on last year’s Big Ten All-Freshman Team by Murray and Ivey.

The 2021-22 Preseason All-Big Ten Team is as follows:

2021-22 PRESEASON ALL-BIG TEN TEAM*
KOFI COCKBURN, JR., C, ILLINOIS
Andre Curbelo, So., G, Illinois
TRAYCE JACKSON-DAVIS, JR., F, INDIANA
Keegan Murray, So., F, Iowa
Eric Ayala, Sr., G, Maryland
HUNTER DICKINSON, SO., C, MICHIGAN
Caleb Houstan, Fr., G/F, Michigan
E.J. LIDDELL, JR., F, OHIO STATE
JADEN IVEY, SO., G, PURDUE
Trevion Williams, Sr., F, Purdue
Ron Harper Jr., Sr., G/F, Rutgers

2021-22 BIG TEN PRESEASON PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Kofi Cockburn, Jr., C, Illinois

Unanimous selections listed in ALL CAPS
* Additional honoree due to tie

INDIANA SRN MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL PRE-SEASON TOP 25

1. Gonzaga…Zags return several key players and have several explosive newcomers

2. UCLA….The Bruins return almost the entire team that made its way to the Final Four

3. Kansas…The biggest question mark is at point guard

4. Villanova…returns a line-up that can dominate the Big East

5. Duke….The final ride for Coach K could be special

6. Michigan…Michigan has a talented freshman class joining Hunter Dickenson

7. Kentucky…John Calipari should bounce back after a disappointing 2020-21 campaign

8. Purdue…The Boilermakers return everyone that matters

9. Alabama….The Crimson Tide aren’t far behind Kentucky in the SEC

10. Memphis….Great defensive team and talented freshman class makes Memphis a team to watch

11. Texas….Coach Beard has a team that will be fun to watch all season

12. Baylor…The Bears lose three starting guards, but Baylor is still talented

13. Houston…Kelvin Sampson returns several key players that made a run to the Final Four

14. Oregon…This is the only team in the conference that can beat UCLA for the crown

15. Tennessee…The key is how the freshmen mesh with the returners

16. North Carolina…The Tar Heels will be right there with Duke…AGAIN

17. Florida State….The Seminoles return experience and talent..enough to challenge the ACC

18. Michigan State….The Spartans won’t struggle two seasons straight under Coach Izzo

19. Illinois….Veteran squad lead by Kofi Cockburn will make Illinois dangerous in the Big 10

20. Oklahoma State…No Cade Cunningham..no problem. Still a fun team to watch this season

21. Maryland….They lack depth but will still be a thorn in the side of many in the conference

22. Ohio State…another Big 10 team in the top 25. The Buckeyes get key transfers

23. Auburn….This will be a more complete team after losing key players at mid-season

24. Virginia Tech….The Hokies won’t surprise anyone this season

25. Texas Tech….A new coach and four key returning players will help

INDIANA WBB: Grace Berger Selected To 2022 Cheryl Miller Award Preseason Watch List

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – For the second-straight season, senior guard Grace Berger has been named one of 20 candidates to the 2022 Cheryl Miller Award preseason watch list, announced by on Wednesday the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame and the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association.

Named after the three-time Naismith Player of the Year and Class of 1995 Hall of Famer, the annual award in its fifth year recognizes the top small forwards in women’s NCAA Division I college basketball. A national committee of top college basketball personnel determined the watch list of 20 candidates.

Last season, the Louisville, Ky. native was one of 10 Cheryl Miller Award watch list finalists. She was nation’s leader in triple doubles in 2020-21 while averaging 15.4 points, 6.8 rebounds, 4.6 assists and shooting 44.1 percent from the floor. Berger earned WBCA and USWBA All-American honorable mention honors and was also an All-Big Ten first team selection. She scored in double figures 23 times as a junior including seven games scoring 20 points or more. The Louisville, Ky. native and 2021-22 preseason All-Big Ten honoree looks to be the 29th member of IU’s 1,000-point club as she enters the 2021-22 season with 996 career points. 

The winner of the 2022 Cheryl Miller Award will be presented on a to be determined date, along with the other four members of the Women’s Starting Five. Additional awards being presented include the Nancy Lieberman Point Guard Award, the Ann Meyers Drysdale Shooting Guard Award, the Katrina McClain Power Forward Award and the Lisa Leslie Center Award, in addition to the Men’s Starting Five.

For more information on the 2021 Cheryl Miller Award and the latest updates, log onto www.hoophallawards.com and follow @hoophall and #MillerAward on Twitter and Instagram. Starting Five Fan Voting presented by Dell Technologies will go live on Friday, October 29.

2022 Cheryl Miller Small Forward of the Year Award Candidates*

Sam ThomasArizona
Taylor SouleBoston College
Elizabeth BalogunDuke
Grace BergerIndiana
Ashley JonesIowa State
Rhyne HowardKentucky
Emily EngstlerLouisville
Laura Van KleunenMarquette
Chloe BibbyMaryland
Rickea JacksonMississippi St.
Alyssa UtsbyNorth Carolina
Erica JohnsonOhio
Madi WilliamsOklahoma
Andra Espinoza-Hunter Seton Hall
Myah SellandSouth Dakota State
Haley JonesStanford
Mia DavisTemple
Rae BurrellTennessee
Kayla WellsTexas A&M
Vivian GrayTexas Tech

*Players can play their way onto and off the list at any point in the 2021-22 season

INDIANA BASKETBALL: IU Athletics to Honor 50 Years of Basketball at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall with Countdown of Top Men’s, Women’s Basketball Games

Bloomington, Ind. – IU Athletics is set to celebrate the 50th birthday of its most iconic facility.
 
On Sept. 12, 1971, the doors opened for the first time at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall, Indiana University’s new $26.6 million, 17,500-seat indoor arena. Originally designed to host athletic contests, concerts, conventions, and other large campus and community events, it welcomed many big names outside of athletics in its early days. Bob Hope, Bob Dylan, Elvis Presley, the Rolling Stones, the Eagles, and Elton John is just a sampling of the big-name entertainers that wowed crowds when the building was in its infancy. In more recent years The Dalai Lama, Barack Obama, Bill and Hillary Clinton, and John Mellencamp have filled the seats for events.
 
But for all the legendary performers, politicians, and dignitaries that set up stage in Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall, what the facility is best known for is serving as the home of Indiana Basketball for the last half century.  
 
The facility’s opening coincided with the arrival of legendary IU Men’s Basketball Coach Bob Knight, and a nearly unequaled era of men’s basketball dominance followed. Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall was home to three IU men’s basketball NCAA Championship teams, 14 men’s regular season Big Ten Championship teams, a 50-game winning streak from 1991-95 and a 35-game win streak from 1973-76. On the women’s side, the facility welcomed 13,007 fans to see Coach Teri Moren‘s team win the 2018 WNIT Championship team, and it has also been the home of two women’s Big Ten Championship squads (one regular season, one postseason).
 
For both men’s and women’s basketball, it has consistently attracted some of the nation’s largest and loudest crowds, creating a homecourt advantage and atmosphere that is second to none.
 
After a year away due to the COVID-19 pandemic, those large and loud crowds are set to return to Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall during the 2021-22 season. Throughout the course of the upcoming men’s and women’s basketball seasons, fans will be treated to a birthday celebration of sorts, as many of the great moments from the last 50 years of basketball in the facility will be recognized.
 
Starting with Men’s Basketball’s Nov. 9 season opener against Eastern Michigan, IU Athletics will unveil its ranking of the top men’s basketball games ever played at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall. The game-by-game countdown, which is being sponsored by Indiana Kitchen, will culminate with the announcement of the No. 1 men’s basketball game ever played in the building during the March 2, 2022, regular season home finale against Rutgers. A recap of each game, along with video and/or photos from the contest, will be played on the video board during each home contest. An expanded version of the account of the game, including commentary from former IU players who participated in the contest, will be released the following day on IU Men’s Basketball’s social media channels.
 
A similar Indiana Kitchen-sponsored countdown and announcement plan will occur for IU Women’s Basketball, which played a handful of games in the building in the early 1970s before moving full-time into the building in the mid-1970s. Throughout the course of the season, IU Athletics will reveal the top women’s games ever played in Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall, culminating with the announcement of the No. 1 women’s game ever played in the facility at the Feb. 20, 2022, home finale against Iowa. An expanded version of each top game will be shared on the IU Women’s Basketball social media channels the following day as well.
 
As each all-time great game is announced for both the men’s and women’s programs, the extended versions of the recaps will be available at a dedicated location: www.iuhoosiers.com/50years

INDIANA FOOTBALL GAME NOTES VS. MARYLAND

INDIANA NOTES:

SETTING THE SCENE • Indiana (2-5, 0-4 B1G East) heads on the road to face Maryland (4-3, 1-3 B1G East) on Saturday, Oct. 30. Kickoff is set for noon ET at Capital One Field at Maryland Stadium (51,802; FieldTurf) on BTN. • IU leads the all-time series, 7-2, including a 3-1 mark in College Park. • The Hoosiers won the last meeting at Maryland Stadium, 34-28, on Oct. 19, 2019. • Indiana has won three-straight in the series following a 27-11 victory in Bloomington on Nov. 28, 2020. • IU is 7-3 over its last 10 road games. • The Hoosiers have faced five ranked opponents, each of which has entered the Top 10 in 2021, with a combined record of 31-4 in their first seven games. • Redshirt junior offensive lineman Aidan Rafferty (Kensington) is the lone Hoosier from the state of Maryland. • Peyton Hendershot became Indiana’s tight ends receptions leader with his 119th career catch against No. 5 Ohio State. His 1,277 yards and 12 touchdowns only trail Ted Bolser’s 1,337 and 15 from 2010-13. • Linebacker Micah McFadden leads the Big Ten and shares fourth nationally with 12 TFLs. THE COACHES • The 2020 American Football Coaches Association National Coach of the Year, Tom Allen is 26-27 in his fifth season as Indiana head football coach. His 24 wins over his first four years are the most for an IU head coach during that span. Allen was also named the 2020 Hayes-Schembechler Coach of the Year (Big Ten coaches vote) and the Dave McClain Coach of the Year (Big Ten media vote). (full bio on page 15) • Michael Locksley was named Maryland’s 37th head coach in Dec. 2018. The Washington, D.C., native has nearly 30 years of coaching experience, including 13 seasons over two separate stints in College Park. NEWS & NOTES • The team voted WR Ty Fryfogle, TE Peyton Hendershot, LB Cam Jones, DB Marcelino McCrary-Ball, LB Micah McFadden, and QB Michael Penix Jr. season captains. • Jones, McCrary-Ball, McFadden, and Penix were also 2020 captains. • The Hoosiers (6-2, 6-1 Big Ten) finished the 2020 season with a No. 12 final rating from the Associated Press, their highest final ranking since 1967 (No. 4). • IU’s 11 B1G wins over 2019-20 tied for the most in school history over a two-year span (1987-88). • Indiana has played in consecutive January bowl games (2020 TaxSlayer Gator Bowl and 2021 Outback Bowl) for the first time in school history. • Tom Allen reached win No. 25 in his 48th career game to become the third-fastest in program history to 25 victories behind James M. Sheldon (40 games) and James H. Horne (46 games).

MARYLAND NOTES:

The University of Maryland football team is set to host Big Ten East foe Indiana on Saturday, October 30. The game is set to kick at Noon and will be broadcast on Big Ten Network and the Maryland Sports Radio Network. In his time as a Terp beginning in 2020, QB Taulia Tagovailoa has averaged 270.5 passing yards per game, the seventh-highest over that time span of any Power Five quarterback that has played in 2020 & 2021 and the most in the Big Ten. Tagovailoa, who has totaled 2,976 yards in 11 game as a Terp, trails only Virginia’s Brennan Armstrong (313.9 per game), Ole Miss’ Matt Corral (308.8 per game), Pittsburgh’s Kenny Pickett (290.3), USC’s Kedon Slovis (287.6 per game), UNC’s Sam Howell (286.2 per game) and Mississippi State’s Will Rogers (282.8). Tagovailoa is 14th in the country and second in the Big Ten, averaging 280.7 passing yards per game this season and is on pace to set the all-time Maryland record for passing yards in a season (Scott Milanovich, 3,499 in 1993). DB Jakorian Bennett stands ninth in the country and first in the Big Ten with 1.3 pass breakups per game and has the most per game of any Power Five player. In only six games played, Bennett has eight total pass breakups (six pass breakups and two interceptions), the secondmost of any Power Five player (Kyu Blu Kelly, Stanford). Maryland has won 63-percent of its homecoming games all-time, a 59-35-4 record. The Terps have won four of their past five homecoming games, defeating Purdue in 2016, Indiana in 2017, Rutgers in 2018 and Minnesota last season, while falling to Michigan in 2019. This will be the second time the Terps have hosted Indiana for homecoming, defeating the Hoosiers, 42-39, in 2017 behind two fourth quarter touchdown runs by Jake Funk. Maryland’s homecoming football game will be a celebration of the 2001 ACC Champion Terrapins. Twenty seasons ago, under then-first year head coach Ralph Friedgen, the Terps captured the attention of the nation by winning a conference championship for the first time since 1985 and playing in the Orange Bowl in posting a 10-2 overall record. The Terps will welcome back many members of that 2001 team including ACC Player of the Year E.J. Henderson and ACC Coach of the Year Ralph Friedgen. Current head coach Michael Locksley was a member of that staff, serving as the running backs coach and recruiting coordinator.

INDIANA MEN’S SOCCER: Hoosiers Sharp in 4-0 Victory Over VCU

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – While earning its seventh straight shutout, Indiana men’s soccer (12-3-1, 5-2-0 B1G) got its attack going as well in a 4-0 win against VCU (9-6-1, 4-3-0 A10) Wednesday (Oct. 27) night on Jerry Yeagley Field at Bill Armstrong Stadium.
 
Samuel Sarver brace and goals by Victor Bezerra and Ryan Wittenbrink highlighted a dominant midweek win on Senior Night and in the final regular season match at Bill Armstrong Stadium.
 
KEY MOMENTS
• Within just three minutes the Hoosiers were on the board. Sarver passed between two defenders across the top of the 18-yard box, and Bezerra stepped in front of the center back taking a heavy first touch into the box. With his next touch, he lifted the ball just over the outstretched foot of the VCU keeper into the far side netting.
• Eight minutes later, Spencer Glass played a cross from the left wing that found Sarver streaking into the final six. His first touch deflected off the keeper but fell back to the freshman right in front of goal.
• Sarver showed great skill earning his second goal of the match in the 52nd minute. From a Herbert Endeley cross, Sarver had to leap and contort his body horizontally to meet the ball in the air. His half-bicycle finish hopped off the turf and past the diving keeper to give IU a 3-0 advantage.
• Five minutes passed, and Endeley earned his second assist of the evening on Indiana’s final score. Cutting through defenders down the right wing, he played to Wittenbrink at the top of the box. Wittenbrink took a couple of touches and bended his shot around a defender, placing his third goal of the season into the top corner.
 
NOTABLES
• Indiana earned its seventh straight shutout victory and has won nine of its last 10, allowing just three goals during that stretch. The Hoosiers have not conceded a goal in 676 consecutive minutes of play.
• IU’s clean sheet streak is the second longest single-season run in program history behind the 2017 team’s nine-match tally.
• Indiana poured in 20 shots, with seven on frame, while allowing the Rams just one lone off-target attempt.
• The home team got a goal for each senior student-athlete it celebrated on Senior Night. Before kickoff, IU men’s soccer honored Spencer GlassIsaac SarosyJoe Schmidt and Nyk Sessock.
• The Hoosiers will finish the regular season with a 7-1-1 record against non-conference opponents. IU is also 8-3-0 at Bill Armstrong Stadium, winning five straight home matches.
• Sarver earned his first-career brace, bringing his goal total to six on the season to tie Bezerra for the team lead. Sarver is the second IU freshman to score twice in a match this season after Tommy Mihalic bagged his first brace in Indiana’s season-opener against Notre Dame on August 27.
• Sarver totaled five points in the match as he assisted Bezerra’s goal that opened the scoring.
• Of Bezerra’s six goals, five of them have given Indiana a lead and four have been the match-winner.
 
UP NEXT
On Sunday (Oct. 31), Indiana has a chance to clinch its fourth straight Big Ten regular season championship on the road against fellow conference title contender Maryland. With a win, the Hoosiers secure at least a share of the trophy. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. ET on the Big Ten Network.

INDIANA VOLLEYBALL: IUVB Tumbles Against No. 11 Minnesota

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana Volleyball (9-14, 3-8) wrapped up its final midweek match and were downed by No. 11 Minnesota (13-6, 8-3 Big Ten), 3-0 (20-25, 14-25, 16-25).
 
KEY MOMENTS
• Mady Saris saw the first kill of the night for the Hoosiers in set one but were still down 3-2 to Minnesota. With the Gophers taking control of the opening frame, Breana Edwards made it a two-point game with slam just before the media timeout.
• With Minnesota needing just a point to take the set, the Hoosiers saw a kill by Saris and forced the Gophers into two-straight errors to make it 24-20. Minnesota went on to get the quick point and took the opening set, 25-20.
• Down 9-3 in the second set, Indiana needed a timeout. Out of the break Saris found the floor and was followed by a quick swipe from Westbeld. Despite seeing a strong effort, Minnesota got the 25-14 set two victory.
• Edwards and Saris saw back-to-back kills in the third set to make it 4-3 Gophers.
• Indiana and Minnesota exchanged points that included kills from Savannah KjolhedeCamryn Haworth and Saris as the game was tied at 15-15.
• It was all Minnesota for the rest of the frame as they won the final set, 25-16.
 
NOTABLES
• Senior outside hitter led the Indiana offense with eight kills. She also recorded a solo block.
• Freshman setter Camryn Haworth tallied 19 kills in the match against Minnesota.
• Junior defensive specialist Paula Cerame led the way in digs with 19.
• Freshman outside hitter Mady Saris put up two solo blocks.
 
UP NEXT
 
The Hoosiers will wrap up their four-game home stand when Northwestern comes to town on Saturday, October 30. The match is set for 7 p.m. and will stream live B1G+

PURDUE FOOTBALL GAME NOTES VS. NEBRASKA

PURDUE NOTES:

PURDUE HITS ROAD FOR NEBRASKA • Purdue Football (4-3, 2-2) continues Big Ten Conference play at Nebraska (3-5, 1-4) on Saturday, Oct. 30, looking to keep up its successful road trips (2-1) this season. The matchup kicks off at 3:30 p.m. ET on ESPN2. • Head coach Jeff Brohm holds a 2-2 record against Nebraska in his tenure leading the Boilermakers, including a 2018 win, 42-28, at Memorial Stadium (Sept. 29, 2018).

PURDUE – NEBRASKA SERIES HISTORY • Purdue and Nebraska began their regular meetings as part of the Big Ten Conference schedule in 2013, having only met one other time in either program’s history back in 1958. • That 1958 game went to the mighty Boilermakers of Purdue by a score of 28-0 on Sept. 27, 1958, with a season-opening 42,914 crowd in attendance to cheer on head coach Jack Mollenkopf’s group. Mollenkopf’s program posted a record of 6-1-2 that season. • Since 2013, Purdue is 3-5 against Nebraska, with two of the matchups under Brohm’s watch finishing as one-score games. In Brohm’s first matchup against Nebraska at home in Ross-Ade Stadium in 2017, the Cornhuskers held on for a 25-24 result (Oct. 28, 2017). Purdue returned the favor in 2019, edging Nebraska at home by a score of 31-27 (Nov. 2, 2019).

LAST TIME AT NEBRASKA • Purdue’s last visit to Memorial Stadium was controlled by the Boilermakers from start to finish, with Brohm and crew turning a 20-7 halftime lead into the eventual 42-28 road victory. • Former QB David Blough threw for 328 yards on 25-42-0 passing and one score. Former TE Brycen Hopkins caught five passes for 103 receiving yards and one touchdown. • The Boilermakers rolled up 188 rushing yards as a team, which included 87 yards and two touchdowns from former RB D.J. Knox, who now serves a graduate assistant with the program. • Current team members Zander Horvath (2 rec., 28 yds.) and Jackson Anthrop (2 rec., 6 yds.) both made two catches in the win.

BRING THE PAYNE • For the second time this season, junior TE Payne Durham recorded more than 100 receiving yards in a game with his nine-catch, 112- yard, one-touchdown effort vs. Wisconsin (Oct. 23). The nine grabs are a career high for the Suwanee, Georgia, native. • Previously, Durham started the 2021 season with a seven-catch, 120-yard outing in the win vs. Oregon State (Sept. 4). Two of Durham’s seven receptions were for touchdowns.

PURDUE’S GREEK FREAK • The Athens, Greece, native’s impact was on full display in the game against Wisconsin (Oct. 23), with junior DE George Karlaftis recovering a Badger fumble and returning it 56 yards for a touchdown. • The play was the third fumble recovery of Karlaftis’ career at Purdue, and the first he has taken back to the end zone for a score. Karlaftis finished the game with five stops (1.0 TFL). • The 2020 season did not go as planned for Karlaftis. An injury and COVID-19 derailed his sophomore campaign despite getting off to a good start (2.0 sacks in the first two games). • Prior to the season, Karlaftis was named to watch lists for the Lott Trophy, Bednarik Award and Nagurski Trophy. In 22 career collegiate games, Karlaftis has 24.5 tackles-for-loss and 11.5 sacks.

RING THE BELL • If you hadn’t heard of junior WR David Bell before the Iowa game (Oct. 16), now you have. The junior from Indianapolis (Warren Central HS) torched the No. 2 Hawkeyes for 240 receiving yards (11 catches), the second-highest yardage total in team history, behind only Chris Daniels’ 301 vs. Michigan State (October 16, 1999). • Bell’s effort against Iowa sets him as the eighth Boilermaker to have 200-plus receiving yards in a game and the first since Rondale Moore had 220 vs. Vanderbilt (September 7, 2019). • Also within the Iowa game was a season-long 60-yard snag for Bell, which is the longest play from scrimmage for the Boilermakers in 2021. His longest is an 89-yard touchdown reception vs. Nebraska during the 2020 season (Dec. 5). • Bell has surpassed 100 receiving yards in 14 of his 24 career games at Purdue, which ties the program record held previously solely by John Standeford. • Bell started his 2021 campaign with a 134-yard, eight-catch effort vs. Oregon State (Sept. 4) and a 121-yard, six-catch, three-touchdown outing at UConn (Sept. 11). • Bell missed the Illinois (Sept. 25) game due to being in concussion protocol after taking a hit to his upper body in the second half at Notre Dame (Sept. 18). • The Boilermaker star ranks sixth nationally in receiving yards per game (118.7), and first in the Big Ten Conference. • For his career, Bell is averaging 7.3 catches per game and 101.7 yards per game. His 118.7 receiving yards per game is No. 6 in the NCAA FBS for active careers. His 7.3 receptions per game is currently the 10th-most for an active NCAA career. • The three-TD game for Bell at UConn matched his career-high he set against Iowa last season (Oct. 24, 2020). He is just the second Purdue WR in school history with multiple three-TD reception games, joining Taylor Stubblefield (2001-04).

NEBRASKA NOTES:

Nebraska returns to Memorial Stadium on Saturday afternoon to begin a two-game homestand in Lincoln. The Huskers will play host to the Purdue Boilermakers in a Big Ten West battle, with kickoff set for shortly after 2:30 p.m. The game will be televised on ESPN2 and heard on the Huskers Radio Network. Nebraska is coming off a bye week and begins the homestretch of the season, which includes three of the final four games in Lincoln. Nebraska enters the Purdue game with a 3-5 overall record, including a 1-4 mark in Big Ten play, after a 30-23 setback at Minnesota on Oct. 16. The Huskers rallied from a 12-point deficit, but could not convert on multiple red-zone chances in the road setback. Each of Nebraska’s five losses this season have come by eight or fewer points. Purdue heads to Lincoln with a 4-3 overall record, including a 2-2 mark in Big Ten play. Purdue’s past three games have come against a tough Big Ten West stretch of Minnesota, Iowa and Wisconsin. The highlight of that run for Purdue was a dominant 24-7 victory at then-No. 2 Iowa on Oct. 16, pushing the Boilermakers into the national rankings, before a home loss to Wisconsin on Saturday afternoon. Coach Jeff Brohm’s team features one of the nation’s most improved defensive units. Purdue allows 301.6 total yards and just 16.3 points per game to rank in the top four in the Big Ten in both of those categories. Offensively, the Boilermakers once again feature one of the nation’s top passing attacks, averaging 317.6 yards per game through the air, which ranks second in the Big Ten and 12th nationally. Receiver David Bell ranks sixth nationally in receiving yards per game at 118.7 yards per contest, including a 240-yard effort at Iowa.

NEBRASKA

• 2021 Record: 3-5, 1-4

• Last Game: at Minnesota (L, 30-23)

• Streak: Lost 2

• AP Rank: Not Ranked

• Coaches Rank: Not Ranked

• Head Coach: Scott Frost

• Nebraska Record: 15-25 (4th year)

• Career Record: 34-32 (6th year)

• Record vs. Purdue: 1-2

• All-Time Series: Nebraska leads, 5-4

• In Lincoln: Nebraska leads, 2-1

• Last Game: Nebraska 37-27, 12/5/2020

in West Lafayette

• Win Streak: Nebraska, 1 game

SERIES HISTORY: NEBRASKA VS. PURDUE Nebraska and Purdue will meet on Saturday for the 10th time overall and the ninth time as Big Ten opponents. Nebraska owns a 5-4 edge in the series, including a 2-1 advantage in Lincoln. • It marks the ninth straight season the Huskers have met Purdue, including the past eight years with both schools in the Big Ten West Division. • Before the first meeting after Nebraska joined the Big Ten, the schools had played just once previously, a 28-0 Purdue win in 1958. • Nebraska’s victory last season at Purdue was on Dec. 5, marking the Huskers’ first regular-season victory in December since 1992. • Nebraska held Purdue to minus-2 yards in last year’s game, the fewest by a Nebraska opponent in seven seasons. • Nebraska has scored at least 25 points in all eight meetings since 2013, including four games with 35 points or more.

BLACKSHIRTS PLAYING AT HIGH LEVEL IN 2021 The veteran Nebraska Blackshirt defense has shown its teeth in 2021, beginning with dominant efforts in home victories over Fordham and Buffalo. The Blackshirts have carried that momentum forward and rank among the Big Ten’s best defenses. • Nebraska held five straight opponents to 23 or fewer points before Michigan scored 32 points against the Huskers. That marked the first time Nebraska held five straight opponents to 23 points or less since games 4-8 of the 2016 season. • The Blackshirt defense has held three Big Ten opponents to 326 or fewer yards. Dating back to last season, NU has held four of its last six Big Ten opponents to 350 yards or less. • The Blackshirts’ most impressive defensive effort of the season came at then-No. 20 Michigan State. The Huskers held MSU to 254 total yards in an overtime loss. In the final 30 minutes of regulation, Michigan State had no first downs and gained just 14 yards on 15 offensive plays. • Nebraska held Oklahoma’s high-powered offense to 408 total yards in a 23-16 setback on Sept.18. OU’s offensive output ended a streak of seven straight games with the Blackshirts limiting opponents to fewer than 400 yards. It was the first time NU held seven straight foes to less than 400 yards of offense since an eight-game streak spanning the 2009 and 2010 seasons. • The Blackshirts posted one of the best defensive efforts against Oklahoma in recent years. Nebraska limited the Sooners to 23 points, ending OU’s FBS record streak of 65 straight games with at least 27 points. • Oklahoma was held to seven points in the first half, marking the first time the Sooners were held to single digits in the first half of a home game since 2012. • The Blackshirt defense allowed 33 points in a three-game stretch from Fordham to Oklahoma. That was the fewest points Nebraska had allowed in a three-game stretch since the 2010 season. • Nebraska defeated Fordham (52-7) and Buffalo (28-3) in consecutive home wins. The defensive efforts in its two victories marked the first time Nebraska held back-to-back opponents to single digits since 2010 when NU defeated Kansas 20-3 and lost 9-6 at Texas A&M. • The three points allowed against Buffalo were Nebraska’s fewest allowed since a 24-3 win over Michigan State in 2011. Nebraska held the Bulls scoreless in the first half, the first opponent NU has blanked in the first half since taking a 34-0 halftime lead at Maryland in 2019. • Nebraska went more than seven quarters without allowing a touchdown before Oklahoma’s first quarter score. Nebraska also went 79:57 of game action without allowing a point prior to Buffalo’s third-quarter field goal. • Nebraska did not allow a point in the fourth quarter of its first three games before an Oklahoma touchdown in the fourth quarter. Nebraska has outscored the opposition 69-36 in the fourth quarter. • The defense has also set the tone in the first quarter. Opponents have scored just 23 first-quarter points, with the Blackshirts surendurring just three first-quarter touchdowns through eight games. • The Husker defense forced four turnovers against Fordham and Buffalo, with all four takeaways leading to Nebraska touchdowns (28 points). NU’s three takeaways against Fordham were its most since forcing four turnovers at Maryland in 2019. Nebraska intercepted three passes vs. Fordham, the first game with three picks since the 2019 season opener against South Alabama.

NEBRASKA OFFENSE SHOWING EXPLOSIVE ABILITY The Nebraska offense has shown good balance and posted several impressive statistics in 2021. Nebraska posted one of its best offensive performances in recent memory in a 56-7 victory over Northwestern on Oct. 2. The Huskers backed that up with a 29-point second half against a Michigan defense that ranks among the nation’s best. • Nebraska’s recent surge has helped the Huskers rank 12th nationally in total offense (479.0 ypg), 22nd in rushing offense (212.6 ypg) and 36th in passing offense (266.4 ypg). Nebraska is one of only FBS eight teams to rank in the top 40 in both rushing and passing, joining Ohio State, Ole Miss, Coastal Carolina, SMU, Duke, North Carolina and Oklahoma. • Nebraska is one of only three FBS teams to average better than 210 rushing yards and more than 250 passing yards per game. The other teams in that group are Ole Miss and Coastal Carolina. • Nebraska’s 56 points against Northwestern were its most under Scott Frost, and also its most in a Big Ten game in 11 seasons in the conference. It was the most in any conference game since also scoring 56 at Kansas State in 2008. • The Huskers posted 21 points in the first quarter against Northwestern and 35 points before halftime, marking their best first quarter and first half scoring outputs since 2018. • NU rushed for 427 yards against Northwestern, its second-highest rushing total in a Big Ten game and its most in any game since 2014. • Nebraska’s 657 yards of total offense marked its second 600-yard outing of the 2021 season, and its sixth 600-yard game in Scott Frost’s four seasons as head coach. It was Nebraska’s best offensive output since posting 674 yards at Illinois in 2019. Among Big Ten teams, only Ohio State (10) has more 600-yard games over the past four seasons. • Against Fordham, Nebraska finished the game with 329 rushing yards and 304 passing yards to roll up 633 yards of total offense. • Nebraska’s 300-300 offensive output was a rare statistical feat in school history. The Huskers had reached that mark just twice previously (vs. South Dakota State in 2013 and at Illinois in 2019). • Nebraska has accounted for two of the seven 300/300 games by Big Ten teams over the past four years (Ohio State-3; Maryland-1; Penn State-1). • Nebraska had rushes of 64 and 83 yards against Northwestern, in addition to a 70-yard pass on the game’s first play. It marked the second time this season Nebraska has had three plays of 60 yards or longer in a game, after also accomplishing it against Buffalo. Prior to this season, Nebraska had not had three 60-yard plays in the same game since 2010 at Kansas State. •Nebraska averaged 8.9 yards on 74 offensive snaps against Northwestern. For the season, Nebraska averages 6.66 yards per play to rank third in the Big Ten and 21st nationally. • Nebraska has nine plays of 50 yards or more in 2021, its most in a season since having 11 in 2014. Nebraska’s nine plays of more than 50 yards ranks fifth in the nation. Nebraska is tied for the national lead in plays of 60 yards or more (7) and 70 yards or more (4), and also ranks in the top six nationally in plays of more than 20, 30 and 40 yards. • Nebraska opened the season with a 100-yard rusher and 100-yard receiver in each of the first three games. Adrian Martinez had two 100-yard rushing games (Illinois, Buffalo), with Markese Stepp adding a third 100-yard game (Fordham). Samori Toure topped the century mark in receiving yards in back-to-back weeks (Fordham, Buffalo), after Oliver Martin surpassed 100 yards at Illinois. • Research indicates it was the first time in school history Nebraska has had a 100-yard rusher and 100-yard receiver in three straight games. • Nebraska has had four different players top 100 yards receiving this season (Toure, Martin, Johnson, Allen). It is the first time four players have recorded 100-yard receiving games in the same season since 2007.

PURDUE BASKETBALL: Purdue Tabbed 7th in Preseason Coaches Poll

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — The Purdue men’s basketball team is ranked No. 7 in the preseason coaches Top 25 poll released earlier today. 

The Boilermakers garnered 578 votes to sit in 7th place, 48 points behind No. 6-ranked Michigan. Purdue is 36 points ahead of No. 8 Baylor. The top 10 consists of Gonzaga, UCLA, Kansas, Villanova, Texas, Michigan, Purdue, Baylor, Duke and Illinois.

Among top-25 teams, Purdue will face No. 6 Michigan (twice), No. 10 Illinois (twice), No. 17 Ohio State, No. 19 Florida State, No. 20 North Carolina and No. 21 Maryland, with possible games against No. 4 Villanova or No. 17 Tennessee.
 
In addition, other opponents receiving votes include Michigan State (26th), Indiana (30th), Iowa (39th), Rutgers (42nd) and Butler (47th).

Purdue was also ranked No. 7 in the Associated Press poll released last week.
 
The Boilermakers will open their season with an exhibition game Nov. 4, against Indianapolis. The regular-season opener comes five days later against Bellarmine in Mackey Arena. Single-game tickets and mini-plan packages are available by calling the Purdue Athletics Ticket Office at 800.49SPORT or online at PurdueSports.com.

PURDUE VOLLEYBALL: Offense Shines in Sweep Against Northwestern

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – An efficient night for No. 12 Purdue (15-5, 7-4 B1G) saw three Boilermakers hit over .350 in the sweep versus Northwestern (9-13, 4-7 B1G). Purdue ended the night with a 3-0 victory (25-16, 25-19, 25-17) in Holloway Gymnasium.

As a team, Purdue hit .352, including over .300 while out of system. Leading the way was Caitlyn Newton, who not only posted her fourth straight match with 16 kills, but hit for a .406 attack %, her best during Big Ten play this season. Meanwhile, freshman Raven Colvin’s .583 was a team-high, and her most efficient outing since the conference opener on Sept. 24 vs. Ohio State.

Emma Ellis was a spark off the bench, tallying eight kills (a personal-best since playing Lipscomb on 9/11) while tying a career-high two block solos. She was joined by Colvin, who also added two solos in the win, the middle blocker’s third consecutive match with at least one.

Hayley Bush secured her ninth double-double of the season with 31 assists and a team-best 11 digs.

Purdue will be back on Sunday to take on No. 3 Wisconsin. The Halloween matchup will air on ESPNU at Noon ET.

NOTRE DAME WOMEN’S SOCCER: GM 18 PREVIEW: WAKE FOREST

NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The Notre Dame women’s soccer team (12-4-1, 6-3-0) will certainly have a lot to play for on Thursday night for its regular-season finale against the visiting Wake Forest Demon Deacons (14-3-0, 6-3-0). First, a spot in the ACC Tournament is at stake, including a top-4 seed and hosting opportunity. Next, Thursday also marks Senior Night for five Irish student-athletes.

First touch is slated for 7 p.m. ET inside Alumni Stadium. The matchup will be streamed on ACCNX.

SENIOR NIGHT

Irish fans, be sure to get to Alumni a little early on Thursday night to help honor five of our seniors in their final regular-season match at home. Nikki Colantuono, Mattie Interian, Bri Martinez, Brooke VanDyck and Olivia Wingate will all be honored pregame for their contributions to the program over their respective careers.

ACC TOURNAMENT

The easiest scenario – win and you’re in, locking up at least the No. 4 seed and hosting a quarterfinal matchup. If Notre Dame wins and Duke loses, they would jump to the No. 3 seed.

If Notre Dame and Wake Forest tie they would remain in a tie with 19 points. The irony here is that they would play again on Sunday in South Bend as the No. 4 and 5 seeds. In fact, the Irish would still be the four-seed if Clemson would win and a three-way tie for fourth resulted.

If Notre Dame were to lose on Thursday, that would open the door for both Clemson and UNC to steal the final two spots, leaving the Irish out.

OVERTIME GIVETH AND OVERTIME TAKETH

On Oct. 10, the Irish experienced the joy of an overtime win with a beautiful golden-goal diving header from Eva Gaetino off a free kick from Sammi Fisher. The goal delivered a crucial 2-1 win over the visiting Clemson Tigers.

However, overtime reeled its ugly head during the weekend swing in the state of North Carolina. The Irish had chances against two top-10 ranked teams but lost 1-0 to No. 6 Duke in OT on Thursday then lost 2-1 in double OT to No. 7 UNC.

POSITIVES FROM THE ROAD GAUNTLET

There’s hitting the road for three straight conference games and then there’s hitting the road for three consecutive games against top-7 ranked teams. The Irish battled in all three, and one could argue could have earned a victory in all three. In fact, all three were late one-goal decisions.

No. 2 Virginia did not get on the board until the 82nd minute. The Cavaliers, unfortunately, tacked on an insurance goal just 37 seconds later, otherwise, Korbin Albert’s golazo in the 85th minute would have sent the match to overtime.

The matchup at No. 6 Duke went scoreless into overtime. In fact, the Irish outshot the Blue Devils 8-6.

At No. 7 North Carolina, the Irish struck first, as Olivia Wingate scored in the 58th minute. Prior to the match, the Irish were 11-0-0 when scoring first this season. Yet, the Tar Heels rallied with goals in the 78th minute and then in double-overtime (101st minute).

IN THE RANKINGS

The Irish climbed as high as No. 13 in the Top Drawer rankings. This week they checked in at No. 17.

In the United Soccer Coaches poll, the Irish climbed as high as No. 15 before dropping to No. 22 this week.

EYE ON THE RPI

For the Oct. 24 week, the Irish RPI dropped from No. 10 to 18. The ACC checks in with the No. 1 conference RPI. In fact, Notre Dame is 1-of-4 ACC schools in the top-20 RPI. All-in-all, the Irish are 5-3-1 against the RPI top-50.

ON THE FRONT FOOT

Notre Dame has had a tendency to strike early, scoring a total of nine goals in the first 12 minutes of games this season – spanning seven games. In fact, they have done so in six of the past 10 games:

Clemson 11:51 | Louisville 0:37, 9:28 | NCST 0:58 | BC 4:49 | Syracuse 6:38 | Detroit 1:43, 11:59 | Wisconsin 7:52

NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK

Seven of the last 11 goals have been delivered from the foot of a freshman: Korbin Albert, Katie Coyle, Sophia Fisher and Kaylie Ronan.

Albert is the No. 8 ranked freshmen in Division I (according to Top Drawer Soccer) and she’s living up to the ranking. She owns the second most goals on the team with eight. In fact, she has four goals in the last six games, including an absolute rocket at No. 2 Virginia.

Katie Coyle recorded her first career game-winner, scoring in the second half of the 2-1 victory at NC State. Coyle owns two goals and one assist.

Sophia Fisher also has a game-winner, scoring in the 1-0 victory at Marquette. The freshman most recently scored in the win over Louisville, bringing her season total to three.

Last but not least, there’s Kaylie Ronan, who scored her first career goal in the win over Boston College on Sept. 26.

FLEXING THE OFFENSIVE MUSCLE

Notre Dame has scored 41 goals which rank 4th in the ACC and 20th in the nation. The 41 goals are already more than six of the past seven seasons.

Notre Dame’s scoring offense of 2.41 ranks 26th in the nation and 4th in the ACC. In addition, ND’s 112 total points rank 25th in the country.

NOTRE DAME VOLLEYBALL: IRISH CONTINUE ACC PLAY AT DUKE

NOTRE DAME, Ind. —After splitting home matchups against fourth-ranked Pittsburgh and Virginia last week, Notre Dame hits the road to take on Duke this Friday, October 29 in Durham, North Carolina. First serve is set for 5 p.m. ET and the match will be televised on ACC Network.

NOTRE DAME AT DUKE
Friday, October 29 – 5 p.m. ET
ACC Network
Live Stats

Notre Dame Notes (PDF)

FOR STARTERS

  • Notre Dame owns a 66-36 record in ACC contests since the start of the 2016 season.
  • The Irish have won six of their last eight matches, including five straight-set victories over ACC opponents.
  • Since being down 0-2 at Georgia Tech on October 1, Notre Dame has won 20 of 26 sets played.
  • Lauren Tarnoff racked up 23 total blocks in last weekend’s matches, including a 13-block effort vs. #4 Pittsburgh and 10 blocks in just three sets in Notre Dame’s home sweep of Virginia.
  • In that five-set match against Pittsburgh, the Irish notched 21 total blocks and hit the 20-block mark for the first time since October 28, 2018 vs. Boston College.

HISTORY VS. DUKE

  • The Irish and Blue Devils will be meeting for the 20th time on Friday with Notre Dame holding a 10-9 edge in the all-time series.
  • The Irish have won three consecutive matches against Duke since the outset of the 2019 season after Duke had won four straight in the series from 2016- 18.
  • The two sides met in last season’s regular-season finale with Notre Dame earning a four-set victory at O’Keefe Gym in Atlanta.
  • Charley Niego led the Irish with 15 kills in that victory while also adding 15 digs.
  • Zoe Nunez also notched 39 assists and hit the 3,000-assist mark in that matchup.

NOTRE DAME MEN’S BASKETBALL CAPSULE

2020-21 Record: 11-15, 7-11

2020-21 Postseason: None

Coach: Mike Brey

Coach Record: 448-248 at Notre Dame, 547-300 overall

2020 STATS

Scoring Offense: 72.7 (126th in nation, 7th in conference)

Scoring Defense: 74.3 (271, 14)

Field-Goal Percentage: 45.9 (71, 6)

Field-Goal Defense: 44.3 (210, 9)

Three-Point Field Goals Per Game: 9.1 (34, 1)

Three-Point Field-Goal Percentage: 36.8 (46, 3)

Free-Throw Percentage: 77.3 (25, 3)

Rebound Margin: -3.3 (278, 13)

Assists Per Game: 14.9 (66, 5)

Turnovers Per Game: 10.6 (14, 2)

TOP RETURNING PLAYERS

Prentiss Hubb, Junior, Guard, 14.6 ppg

Nate Laszewski, Junior, Forward, 13.3 ppg

Dane Goodwin, Junior, Guard, 11.8 ppg

Cormac Ryan, Junior, Guard, 9.9 ppg

Trey Wertz, Junior, Guard, 8.3 ppg

Tony Sanders Jr, Freshman, Guard, 1.0 ppg

Elijah Morgan, Sophomore, Guard, 0.9 ppg

Matt Zona, Freshman, Forward, 0.9 ppg

Robby Carmondy, Sophomore, Guard

NEWCOMERS

Key New Players:

Paul Atkinson Jr, Senior, Forward (Transfer from Yale)

J.R. Konieczny, Freshman, Guard

Elijah Taylor, Freshman, Forward

Alex Wade, Freshman, Guard

Blake Wesley, Freshman, Guard

ROSTER

0Blake WesleyGuard6-5181South Bend, INRiley@blakewesley0FreshmanFreshman
1J.R. KoniecznyGuard6-6 1/2187South Bend, INSt. Joseph@TheJrKoniecznyFreshmanFreshman
2Trey WertzGuard6-5183Charlotte, NCProvidence Day School@_TDub3SeniorJunior
3Prentiss HubbGuard6-3175Upper Marlboro, MDGonzaga@PHubb_3SeniorJunior
4Alex WadeGuard6-0166San Diego, CACathedral Catholic@Alex_wade20FreshmanFreshman
5Cormac RyanGuard6-5195New York, NYMilton Academy (MA)SeniorJunior
12Tony Sanders Jr.Guard6-7202Miami, FLGulliver Prep@TonySandersjr_SophomoreFreshman
14Nate LaszewskiForward6-10227Jupiter, FLNorthfield Mount Herman (MA)@natelaszewskiSeniorJunior
20Paul Atkinson Jr.Forward6-9225West Palm Beach, FLWestminster Academy@paulwall561Graduate StudentSenior
22Elijah TaylorForward6-8231Philadelphia, PAImhotep Charter@1lij22SophomoreFreshman
23Dane GoodwinGuard6-6200Upper Arlington, OHUpper Arlington@danegoodwin23SeniorJunior
24Robby CarmodyGuard6-4215Mars, PAMars Area@robbycarmody24SeniorSophomore
25Matt ZonaForward6-9243Blauvelt, NYBergen Catholic (NJ)@matyyz19SophomoreFreshman
31Elijah MorganGuard6-1165New Orleans, LAJesuit@Elijah_M10JuniorSophomore

SCHEDULE

DATEDAYTIME (ALL ET)OPPONENTCITYSITENETWORK
10/29FRI7 p.m.!Nazareth CollegeNotre Dame, NPurcell PavilionTBA
11/5FRI7 p.m.!St. Norbert CollegeNotre Dame, INPurcell PavilionTBA
11/13SATTBACal State NorthridgeNotre Dame, INPurcell PavilionTBA
11/16TUE7 p.m.High Point UniversityNotre Dame, INPurcell PavilionTBA
11/22MON11:30 p.m.^vs. St. Mary’s (CA)Lahaina, HILahaina Civic CenterESPN2
11/23TUETBA^TBALahaina, HILahaina Civic CenterTBA
11/24WEDTBA^TBALahaina, HILahaina Civic CenterTBA
11/29MON7 p.m.&at IllinoisChampaign, ILState Farm CenterTBA
12/3FRI6 p.m. *at Boston CollegeChestnut Hill, MAConte ForumACC Network
12/11SATTBAKentuckyNotre Dame,INPurcell PavilionTBA
12/18SATTBA#vs. IndianaIndianapolis, INBankers Life FieldhouseTBA
12/20MON7 p.m.Western MichiganNotre Dame, INPurcell PavilionTBA
12/22WEDTBATexas A&M – Corpus ChristiNotre Dame, INPurcell PavilionTBA
12/28TUETBA*at PittsburghPittsburgh, PAPetersen Events CenterESPN2
1/1SAT6 p.m.*DukeNotre Dame, INPurcell PavilionACC Network
1/5WED9 p.m.*North CarolinaNotre Dame, INPurcell PavilionESPN2
1/8SAT6 p.m.*at Georgia TechAtlanta, GAMcCamish PavilionACC Network
1/12WED9 p.m.*ClemsonNotre Dame, INPurcell PavilionRSN
1/15SAT6 p.m.*at Virginia TechBlacksburg, VACassell ColiseumACC Network
1/17MONTBAat HowardWashington, DCBurr GymnasiumTBA
1/22SATTBA*at LouisvilleLouisville, KYKFC Yum! CenterESPN/2/U
1/26WED9 p.m.*NC StateNotre Dame, INPurcell PavilionRSN
1/29SAT4 p.m.*VirginiaNotre Dame, INPurcell PavilionACC Network
2/2WED7 p.m.*at MiamiCoral Gables, FLWatsco CenterRSN
2/5SAT3 p.m.*at NC StateRaleigh, NCPNC ArenaACC Network
2/9WEDTBA*LouisvilleNotre Dame, INPurcell PavilionESPN2/U
2/12SAT7 p.m.*at ClemsonClemson, SCLittlejohn ColiseumACC Network
2/16WED7 p.m.*Boston CollegeNotre Dame, INPurcell PavilionESPN2/U
2/19SAT1 p.m.*at Wake ForestWinston-Salem, NCLJVM ColiseumRSN
2/22TUETBA*SyracuseNotre Dame, INPurcell PavilionESPN/2
2/26SAT5 p.m.*Georgia TechNotre Dame, INPurcell PavilionACC Network
3/2WED7 p.m.*at Florida StateTallahassee, FLDonald L. Tucker Civic CenterESPN2/U
3/5SAT8 p.m.*PittsburghNotre Dame, INPurcell PavilionACC Network
3/8TUETBAACC Tournament begins Brooklyn, NYBarclays CenterTBA

NOTRE DAME FOOTBALL: #11 IRISH SET FOR BATTLE WITH NORTH CAROLINA

IRISH VS. TAR HEELS – BY THE NUMBERS

3              The Irish have wins over teams from three of the Power-5 leagues after the win over Southern Cal.

8.0          Defensive lineman Isaiah Foskey is tied for third in the NCAA with 8.0 sacks on the season. It is the most sacks since Jerry Tillery and Julian Okwara had 8.0 during the 2018 season.

8              Eight different Irish players have recorded an interception this season after Bo Bauer tallied his first pick of the season against Southern Cal. It marks the most players with an interception since the Irish had nine players during the 2014 season.

9              The Irish have won nine-straight night games at home after the win over Southern Cal.

11           Notre Dame is currently tied for fifth nationally with 11 interceptions. It is the most interceptions since 2018 when the Irish had 12 for the season.

16           The Irish have totaled 16 takeaways this season, which ranks tied for eighth nationally.

22           22 of tight end Michael Mayer’s team-leading 37 receptions this season have resulted in a first down for the Irish.

23           Notre Dame is 23rd nationally for third down defense as it has held opponents to 35-for-104 (34%) on third down this season.

32           Notre Dame has won 32-straight games when allowing less than 20 points dating back to 2016.

37           With the win over Southern Cal, the Irish have won 37-consecutive games against unranked opponents dating back to the 2016 season. It is currently the longest active streak in the FBS.

38           Notre Dame has won 38-straight games when it has scored 30 or more points after the 31-16 win over Southern Cal. The Irish are 71-9 under head coach Brian Kelly when they score 30 or more points.

55           Defensive lineman Kurt Hinish has played in 55 career games, which continues to set the all-time program record. Following the Purdue game, he surpassed Daelin Hayes, Drue Tranquill, Romeo Okwara and Matthias Farley who held the previous record of 52 career games.

777         Combined career games coached by Brian Kelly and Mack Brown. They are the most experienced active head coaches in the FBS.

IRISH CONQUER TROJANS

  • Notre Dame retained the Jeweled Shillelagh Trophy with its fourth-straight win against the Trojans after the 31-16 win on Oct. 23.
  • The four-straight wins over Southern Cal is the longest-win streak for the Irish against the Trojans since 1983-93 when they won 11-straight games.
  • With the win, the Irish continue to hold all five of their traveling rivalry trophies, a feat they have held since the 2018 season.
  • Head coach Brian Kelly improved to 8-3 all-time against Southern Cal. He tied Frank Leahy for the second-most wins all-time against the Trojans.
  • With the win, Notre Dame extended its winning streak to 37 over unranked opponents, a mark that is the longest active streak in the FBS.
  • The Irish scored 31 points in the win, their 38th-straight win when they have scored 30 points or more. Notre Dame is 71-9 under head coach Brian Kelly when they score 30 points or more.
  • Notre Dame also extended its win-streak to 32 games when allowing fewer than 20 points.
  • The 16 points marked the fewest points Southern Cal has scored in a game since Sept. 28, 2019, when they were limited to 14 points against Washington.
  • It was the ninth-straight home night win for the Irish, a streak that dates back to the 2017 season.
  • Notre Dame had five drives of 70 yards or more in the win. The last time they had five 70-yard drives or more in a game was Oct. 10, 2020, in a win over Florida State
  • The Irish improved to 10-2 all-time under Kelly coming off the bye week.

FREAKY FOSKEY

  • Isaiah Foskey has been the most consistent member of the Irish defensive line this season as he leads the team in sacks and tackles-for-loss.
  • He has 8.0 sacks on the year, a number that ranks third in the country.
  • His 8.0 sacks are the most by an Irish player since Julian Okwara and Jerry Tillery had 8.0 during the 2018 season.
  • Foskey also ranks in the top-five in the country in forced fumbles and fumbles recovered. He is tied for fourth with two fumble recoveries and tied for fifth with three forced fumbles.
  • He has contributed on a team-high five turnovers this season (three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries).
  • In the win over Southern Cal, Foskey set a career-high with two forced fumbles and tied a career high with 2.0 sacks.
  • Foskey forced his first-career fumble against Cincinnati after recording his first-career fumble recovery in the win over Wisconsin.
  • Foskey began the season with a career-high eight tackles, 2.0 tackles-for-loss and 2.0 sacks in the road win over Florida State.

CAN’T CONTAIN KYREN

  • Running back Kyren Williams broke out with season-best numbers across the board in the win over Southern Cal.
  • He had a season-best 138 yards on the ground, which was the most by an Irish player this season.
  • It was the most rushing yards in a game for Williams since he had 140 in a home win over Clemson last season.
  • Williams finished the game with two rushing touchdowns for the first time this season and the sixth time in his career.
  • His 180 all-purpose yards (138 rushing, 42 receiving) against the Trojans was also a season-high by an Irish player this year. It was his most all-purpose yards in a game since he had 196 in a home win over Florida State last season.
  • The 180 all-purpose yards were the 10th most in the FBS during week 8 and he was just one of three players in the top-10 this week who faced a power 5 opponent.
  • Williams leads the team with 805 all-purpose yards and  508 rushing yards and he is second on team in receptions with 25.

BE LIKE MIKE

  • Tight end Michael Mayer is one of the best tight ends in the country, as he ranks in the top-five among tight ends in receptions and receiving yards per game.
  • Mayer ranks third in receptions with 37 and fifth in receiving yards per game with 69.0.
  • For the season, 22 of his 37 receptions have resulted in a first down for the Irish.
  • He notched five receptions for 54 yards in the home win over Southern Cal. He has had at least five receptions in five of his six games this season.
  • The performance against Southern Cal moved him into 10th all-time in program history for most receptions by a tight end in a single season (37).
  • He led the Irish against Cincinnati with eight receptions and 93 yards on the afternoon.
  • Mayer has led the team in receptions four times this season and it was the fourth time this year he has hauled in seven or more passes.
  • Mayer had seven catches for 61 yards in the win over Wisconsin at Soldier Field.
  • In the win over Toledo, Mayer finished the game with team-high marks in receptions with seven, yards with 81 and touchdowns with two.
  • It was the first time in Mayer’s career that he tallied a multi-touchdown game.
  • Dating back to last season, Mayer collected seven or more receptions in three-straight games (Alabama, Florida State and Toledo). The last Irish receiver to have three-consecutive games with seven or more receptions was Michael Floyd in 2011 (Maryland – 8;  Boston College – 10 and Stanford – 8).

CREATING HAVOC

  • Under new defensive coordinator Marcus Freeman, the Irish defense has been one of the nation’s best at creating havoc plays this season, as Notre Dame has totaled 16 takeaways this season. The 16 takeaways are tied for eighth nationally.
  • Of those 16 takeaways, the Irish have recorded 11 interceptions from eight different players.
  • The eight players with an interception is the most since 2014 when they had nine different players for the whole season.
  • The 11 interceptions is currently tied for fifth in the NCAA. It is the most interceptions since 2018 when the Irish had 12 for the entire season.
  • The Irish are also stout defensively on third down, as they are 23rd in the country with a 33 percent (35-104) conversion rate.
  • Kyle Hamilton leads the team with three interceptions, a mark that is tied for seventh nationally.
  • Hamilton and Cam Hart both had two interceptions in a game this season, the first time since 2018 that the Irish have had two players with two interceptions in a game in the same season (Jalen Elliott and Alohi Gilman).
  • The Irish have 19 sacks this season and rank 31st in the country with 2.71 sacks per game. Eight different players have a sack so far this season.
  • The depth of the defense has been on full display as 14 different players have recorded a tackle for loss this season.
  • The defense has also been able to find the endzone this season with two defensive scores. The two touchdowns are tied for ninth nationally.

SUPER SPECIALISTS

  • The Irish entered the 2021 season with the same kicker and punter for the third straight season with the return of kicker Jonathan Doerer and punter Jay Bramblett.
  • Doerer is currently tied for 36th nationally in field goals per game with 1.29.
  • Bramblett has played in every game (32) for the Irish since he came to campus prior to the 2019 season.
  • He sits eighth all-time in Notre Dame history with 142 punts in his career.
  • He is ranked fourth all-time in Notre Dame history with a 41.9 career punting average.
  • Bramblett launched a career-long 72-yard punt in the win over Wisconsin this season. It was the longest punt by an Irish player since Hunter Smith had a 79-yard punt against Arizona State in 1998.

BALLIN’ BERTRAND

  • Linebacker JD Bertrand continues his streak of leading the Irish in tackles with a team-high seven in the win over Southern Cal.
  • He has led or tied for the lead in tackles in each of the seven games this season for the Irish.
  • Bertrand has 41 solo tackles on the season and is tied for ninth in the nation with 5.9 solo tackles per game.
  • He has 65 tackles on the year and his 9.3 tackles per game ranks 20th in the country.
  • He has totaled double digit tackles in four of the seven games this season after having 10 in the win over Virginia Tech.
  • Bertrand tied a career high with 12 tackles in the win over Purdue after he tallied 11 against Toledo and also had 12 in the season-opener against Florida State.
  • The sophomore from Marietta, Georgia was the first Irish player to begin a season with three-straight double-digit tackles games since Courtney Watson back in 2001.
  • He is also the first Irish player to have three-consecutive games with double-digit tackles since Alohi Gilman in 2018-19. Gilman had 10 tackles against Southern Cal and then 18 against Clemson in the College Football Playoff Semifinal in 2018 and followed it up with 10 tackles in the 2019 season opener against Louisville.
  • In the win over Toledo, Bertrand set a career high in sacks (1.0) and recovered his first career fumble to seal the game late in the fourth quarter.
  • Bertrand got his first career start in the opener against Florida State and his 12 tackles were the most by an Irish linebacker since Te’von Coney had 16 on Dec. 28, 2018 against Clemson.

AMONG THE NATIONS BEST

  • Since the start of 2018, Notre Dame is 39-6 (.867). That rate ranks fifth among all teams who have made an appearance in the College Football Playoff since its inception in 2014.
  • Among those teams, Notre Dame is one of just five teams that have totaled six or fewer losses since the beginning of 2018.
  • The Irish are one of five teams who have made playoff appearances in multiple seasons.

IRISH IN THE POLLS

  • The Irish checked in this week at No. 11 in the AP and Coaches poll.
  • Notre Dame has been ranked in the AP Top 25 for 71-consecutive weeks, the longest such streak for the Irish since the 1994 season (124 weeks).
  • The 71-week run currently ranks third among all FBS active streaks, which do not include teams who were not listed in the initial AP polls at the beginning of the 2020 season (Big Ten and Pac-12).

NOTRE DAME WSOCCER: GM 18 PREVIEW: WAKE FOREST

NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The Notre Dame women’s soccer team (12-4-1, 6-3-0) will certainly have a lot to play for on Thursday night for its regular-season finale against the visiting Wake Forest Demon Deacons (14-3-0, 6-3-0). First, a spot in the ACC Tournament is at stake, including a top-4 seed and hosting opportunity. Next, Thursday also marks Senior Night for five Irish student-athletes.

First touch is slated for 7 p.m. ET inside Alumni Stadium. The matchup will be streamed on ACCNX.

SENIOR NIGHT

Irish fans, be sure to get to Alumni a little early on Thursday night to help honor five of our seniors in their final regular-season match at home. Nikki Colantuono, Mattie Interian, Bri Martinez, Brooke VanDyck and Olivia Wingate will all be honored pregame for their contributions to the program over their respective careers.

ACC TOURNAMENT

The easiest scenario – win and you’re in, locking up at least the No. 4 seed and hosting a quarterfinal matchup. If Notre Dame wins and Duke loses, they would jump to the No. 3 seed.

If Notre Dame and Wake Forest tie they would remain in a tie with 19 points. The irony here is that they would play again on Sunday in South Bend as the No. 4 and 5 seeds. In fact, the Irish would still be the four-seed if Clemson would win and a three-way tie for fourth resulted.

If Notre Dame were to lose on Thursday, that would open the door for both Clemson and UNC to steal the final two spots, leaving the Irish out.

OVERTIME GIVETH AND OVERTIME TAKETH

On Oct. 10, the Irish experienced the joy of an overtime win with a beautiful golden-goal diving header from Eva Gaetino off a free kick from Sammi Fisher. The goal delivered a crucial 2-1 win over the visiting Clemson Tigers.

However, overtime reeled its ugly head during the weekend swing in the state of North Carolina. The Irish had chances against two top-10 ranked teams but lost 1-0 to No. 6 Duke in OT on Thursday then lost 2-1 in double OT to No. 7 UNC.

POSITIVES FROM THE ROAD GAUNTLET

There’s hitting the road for three straight conference games and then there’s hitting the road for three consecutive games against top-7 ranked teams. The Irish battled in all three, and one could argue could have earned a victory in all three. In fact, all three were late one-goal decisions.

No. 2 Virginia did not get on the board until the 82nd minute. The Cavaliers, unfortunately, tacked on an insurance goal just 37 seconds later, otherwise, Korbin Albert’s golazo in the 85th minute would have sent the match to overtime.

The matchup at No. 6 Duke went scoreless into overtime. In fact, the Irish outshot the Blue Devils 8-6.

At No. 7 North Carolina, the Irish struck first, as Olivia Wingate scored in the 58th minute. Prior to the match, the Irish were 11-0-0 when scoring first this season. Yet, the Tar Heels rallied with goals in the 78th minute and then in double-overtime (101st minute).

IN THE RANKINGS

The Irish climbed as high as No. 13 in the Top Drawer rankings. This week they checked in at No. 17.

In the United Soccer Coaches poll, the Irish climbed as high as No. 15 before dropping to No. 22 this week.

EYE ON THE RPI

For the Oct. 24 week, the Irish RPI dropped from No. 10 to 18. The ACC checks in with the No. 1 conference RPI. In fact, Notre Dame is 1-of-4 ACC schools in the top-20 RPI. All-in-all, the Irish are 5-3-1 against the RPI top-50.

ON THE FRONT FOOT

Notre Dame has had a tendency to strike early, scoring a total of nine goals in the first 12 minutes of games this season – spanning seven games. In fact, they have done so in six of the past 10 games:

Clemson 11:51 | Louisville 0:37, 9:28 | NCST 0:58 | BC 4:49 | Syracuse 6:38 | Detroit 1:43, 11:59 | Wisconsin 7:52

NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK

Seven of the last 11 goals have been delivered from the foot of a freshman: Korbin Albert, Katie Coyle, Sophia Fisher and Kaylie Ronan.

Albert is the No. 8 ranked freshmen in Division I (according to Top Drawer Soccer) and she’s living up to the ranking. She owns the second most goals on the team with eight. In fact, she has four goals in the last six games, including an absolute rocket at No. 2 Virginia.

Katie Coyle recorded her first career game-winner, scoring in the second half of the 2-1 victory at NC State. Coyle owns two goals and one assist.

Sophia Fisher also has a game-winner, scoring in the 1-0 victory at Marquette. The freshman most recently scored in the win over Louisville, bringing her season total to three.

Last but not least, there’s Kaylie Ronan, who scored her first career goal in the win over Boston College on Sept. 26.

FLEXING THE OFFENSIVE MUSCLE

Notre Dame has scored 41 goals which rank 4th in the ACC and 20th in the nation. The 41 goals are already more than six of the past seven seasons.

Notre Dame’s scoring offense of 2.41 ranks 26th in the nation and 4th in the ACC. In addition, ND’s 112 total points rank 25th in the country.

BUTLER BULLDOGS BASKETBALL CAPSULE

2020-21 Record: 10-15, 8-12
2020-21 Postseason: None

Coach: LaVall Jordan

Coach Record: 69-55 at Butler, 80-79 overall

2020 STATS

Scoring Offense: 63.5 (319th in nation, 11th in conference)

Scoring Defense: 68.7 (125, 4)

Field-Goal Percentage: 41.1 (298, 11)

Field-Goal Defense: 46.5 (293, 11)

Three-Point Field Goals Per Game: 7.2 (178, 6)

Three-Point Field-Goal Percentage: 32.3 (243, 7)

Free-Throw Percentage: 64.6 (320, 10)

Rebound Margin: -1.6 (241, 10)

Assists Per Game: 12.3 (228, 10)

Turnovers Per Game: 11.4 (55, 4)

TOP RETURNING PLAYERS

Chuck Harris, Sophomore, Guard, 12.9 ppg
Bryce Nze, Senior, Forward, 11.4 ppg
Jair Bolden, Senior, Guard, 10.5 ppg
Bryce Golden, Senior, Forward, 10.4 ppg
Aaron Thompson, Senior, Guard, 10.4 ppg
Bo Hodges, Senior, Guard, 8.2 ppg
Myles Tate, Sophomore, Guard, 6.7 ppg
Christian David, Senior, Forward, 1.8 ppg
Myles Wilmoth, Sophomore, Forward, 1.7 ppg
John-Michael Mulloy, Junior, Forward, 0.4 ppg

NEW PLAYERS

Ty Groce, Senior, Forward, Transfer from Eastern Michigan
D.J. Hughes, Freshman, Forward
Scooby Johnson, RS Freshman, Forward
Jayden Taylor, Freshman, Guard
Pierce Thomas, Freshman, Guard

ROSTER

0D.J. HughesFFr.6-6230Indianapolis, Ind. / Lawrence North
1Bo HodgesG/FR-Sr.6-5210Nashville, Tenn. / MaplewoodEast Tennessee State
2Aaron ThompsonGGr.6-2190Glenn Dale, Md. / Paul VI Catholic (Va.)
3Chuck HarrisGSo.6-2190Ashburn, Va. / Gonzaga College HS (D.C.)
4Ty GroceFGr.6-8215Ypsilanti, Mich. / LincolnEastern Michigan
5Myles WilmothFSo.6-9220Chestnut Ridge, N.Y. / St. Andrew’s School (R.I.)
10Bryce NzeFGr.6-7230Hartland, Wis. / ArrowheadMilwaukee
12Myles TateGSo.6-0165Roebuck, S.C. / Dorman
13Jayden TaylorGFr.6-4190Indianapolis, Ind. / Perry Meridian
14Pierce ThomasG/FFr.6-5200Brownsburg, Ind. / Brownsburg
25Christian DavidFR-Sr.6-6220Milton, Ontario / Vermont Academy (Vt.)
30Mike ParkerFR-Jr.6-6210Wilmington, N.C. / Coastal ChristianSalisbury
33Bryce GoldenFSr.6-9240Richmond, Va. / Saint James School (Md.)
35John-Michael MulloyF/CJr.6-10230Carmel, Ind. / Carmel
41Simas LukosiusG/FFr.6-6Kaunas, Lithuania / Vilnius Minties
52Jair BoldenGGr.6-3215Brooklyn, N.Y. / Westtown School (Pa.)South Carolina

SCHEDULE

October 30, 2021 (Saturday)2PMHomeTiffin (Ohio)Indianapolis, Ind. Hinkle FieldhouseHistory
November 5, 2021 (Friday)7PMHomeUniversity of IndianapolisIndianapolis, Ind. Hinkle FieldhouseHistory
November 9, 2021 (Tuesday)6:45PMHomeIUPUIIndianapolis, Ind. Hinkle FieldhouseFS1 (Whip-Around)History
November 12, 2021 (Friday)6:30PMHomeCentral ArkansasIndianapolis, Ind. Hinkle FieldhouseFS2History
November 13, 2021 (Saturday)8PMHomeTroyIndianapolis, Ind. Hinkle FieldhouseFS2History
November 17, 2021 (Wednesday)7PMHomeMichigan StateIndianapolis, Ind. Hinkle FieldhouseFS1Gavitt Tip-Off GamesHistory
November 22, 2021 (Monday)4:30PM ETNeutralHoustonLahaina, HawaiiESPN2Maui InvitationalHistory
November 23, 2021 (Tuesday)2:30PM or 5PM ETNeutralTexas A&M or WisconsinLahaina, HawaiiESPN or ESPN2Maui Invitational
November 24, 2021 (Wednesday)TBANeutralTBALahaina, HawaiiESPN, ESPN2 or ESPNUMaui Invitational
November 30, 2021 (Tuesday)5PMHomeSaginaw Valley StateIndianapolis, Ind. Hinkle FieldhouseFS1History
December 7, 2021 (Tuesday)9PM ET / 8PM CTAwayOklahomaNorman, Okla.ESPN2BIG EAST – Big 12 BattleHistory
December 11, 2021 (Saturday)4PMHomeEastern IllinoisIndianapolis, Ind. Hinkle FieldhouseFS1History
December 18, 2021 (Saturday)12PMNeutralPurdueIndianapolis, Ind. — Bankers Life FieldhouseFOXCrossroads ClassicHistory
December 23, 2021 (Thursday)6:30PMAwaySt. John’sQueens, N.Y. — Carnesecca ArenaFS1History
December 29, 2021 (Wednesday)5PMHomeDePaulIndianapolis, Ind. Hinkle FieldhouseFS1History
January 1, 2022 (Saturday)4PMAwayConnecticutStorrs, Conn.FS1History
January 4, 2022 (Tuesday)8PMHomeSeton HallIndianapolis, Ind. Hinkle FieldhouseCBSSNHistory
January 7, 2022 (Friday)8:30PMHomeXavierIndianapolis, Ind. Hinkle FieldhouseFS1History
January 13, 2022 (Thursday)7PMAwayGeorgetownWashington, D.C.FS1History
January 16, 2022 (Sunday)12PMAwayVillanovaVillanova, Pa. — Wells Fargo CenterFS1History
January 20, 2022 (Thursday)9PMHomeConnecticutIndianapolis, Ind. Hinkle FieldhouseFS1History
January 23, 2022 (Sunday)12PM or 2PMAwayProvidenceProvidence, R.I.FS1History
January 26, 2022 (Wednesday)7:30PMHomeCreightonIndianapolis, Ind. Hinkle FieldhouseFS2History
January 29, 2022 (Saturday)12PMHomeGeorgetownIndianapolis, Ind. Hinkle FieldhouseFS1History
February 2, 2022 (Wednesday)7PMAwayXavierCincinnati, OhioCBSSNHistory
February 5, 2022 (Saturday)12PMHomeSt. John’sIndianapolis, Ind. Hinkle FieldhouseFS1History
February 8, 2022 (Tuesday)9PM ET / 8PM CTAwayCreightonOmaha, Neb.CBSSNHistory
February 12, 2022 (Saturday)4:30PMHomeMarquetteIndianapolis, Ind. Hinkle FieldhouseFS1History
February 15, 2022 (Tuesday)9PM ET / 8PM CTAwayDePaulChicago, Ill.FS1History
February 20, 2022 (Sunday)1PMHomeProvidenceIndianapolis, Ind. Hinkle FieldhouseFS1History
February 23, 2022 (Wednesday)8:30PMAwaySeton HallNewark, N.J.FS1History
February 26, 2022 (Saturday)1PM ET / 12PM CTAwayMarquetteMilwaukee, Wis.FOXHistory
March 5, 2022 (Saturday)TBAHomeVillanovaIndianapolis, Ind. Hinkle FieldhouseFOX or FS1History
March 9, 2022 (Wednesday)NeutralBIG EAST TournamentNew York, N.Y. — Madison Square GardenFS1/FOXBIG EAST TournamentHistory

BUTLER WOMEN’S SOCCER: Faces Creighton in Final Regular Season Match

Matchday Information – Creighton at Butler
DATE:                         Thursday, October 28 / 7 PM
LOCATION:                Indianapolis, Ind. / Sellick Bowl
LIVE STATS:              butlersports.com
LIVE VIDEO:               BEDN/FloSports
SERIES RECORD:     Butler leads, 11-1-1
LAST MEETING:        April 8, 2021 – Indianapolis, Ind. – Butler 2, Creighton 1
 
Full Notes (PDF)

The Butler women’s soccer team will play its final regular season match when Creighton comes to town for a match on Thursday, October 28, at 7 pm. The Bulldogs are coming off a 3-0 win at Villanova, while the Bluejays most recently suffered an 0-3 loss to St. John’s.

Bulldog Bits

  • (through games 10/24/2021)
  • Abigail Isger is 20th nationally with four game-winning goals and is tied for the BIG EAST lead.
  • Katie Soderstrom is second in the BIG EAST and 31st nationally with ten goals. Soderstrom is second in the BIG EAST and 27th nationally with 26 points.
  • Alli Leonard, with seven assists, is third in the BIG EAST and 50th nationally. Soderstrom and Isger (each with six) are seventh in the BIG EAST.
  • Emma Martin’s eight shutouts are third in the BIG EAST and 14th nationally, while her .607 GAA is third in the conference and 20th nationally.
     
  • Previous match- Villanova W, 3-0:  Alli Leonard’s goal, her second in as many matches, was her third of the season and the eighth of her career. The goal from Abigail Isger was her seventh of the season and the eighth of her career. Her assist was her sixth this season. Katie Soderstrom’s goal was her tenth of the season and the 26th of her career. The assist from Amanda Kowalski was her fourth of the season and the fifteenth of her career. Julia Leonard’s assist was her third of the season. Emma Martin (13-2-1), who earned her eighth shutout of the season, made three saves in the match. Martin has now moved into a tie for the third position on Butler Women’s Soccer’s all-time list for shutouts.
     
  • Bulldogs midfielder Alli Leonard was selected to the BIG EAST Women’s Soccer Honor Roll for her performances last week against No. 17 Xavier and Villanova. She scored Butler’s only goal against the Musketeers and then notched the game-winning goal against Villanova.
     
  • Butler has clinched a BIG EAST Championship First Round home match which will be played on Oct. 31. The Bulldogs are guaranteed to be either the No. 3 or 4 seed. The No. 3 seed hosts the No. 6 seed and the No. 4 seed hosts the No. 5 seed, with the winners advancing to the semifinals in Cincinnati.
     
  • The Bulldogs have scored 35 goals in 17 matches this season (2.06 goals/match) while giving up 14 goals (0.824 goals allowed/match).
  • Twelve different players have scored at least one goal in 17 matches this season, and eleven different players have produced an assist.

The Matchup

  • The Bulldogs and Bluejays have met on thirteen occasions with Butler winning eleven.
  • Butler is currently on a seven-game winning streak in the series.
  • Creighton’s only win in the series (3-2 (OT)) came on September 26, 1993. The lone draw (1-1 (2OT)) was October 25, 2014.

Scouting Creighton
Previous match: St. Johns L, 0-3

  • Creighton has scored 21 goals this season and allowed 18 goals.
  • Nine players have scored a goal for the Bluejays, and ten have produced an assist.
     
  • Current offensive standouts for Creighton include:

        #23 Abigail Santana (8g, 2a)
        #15 Ansley Atkinson (9a)
        #9 Cristina Garriga (3g, 1a)
        #10 Aida Kardovic (2g, 2a)
        #21 Jordy Rothwell (2g, 1a)

  • Keelan Terrell (7-9-2) has played every minute of all 18 matches in goal. She has 63 saves (.778) and has allowed 18 goals, producing a 0.96 GAA.

BUTLER MEN’S SOCCER: Drops One to Seton Hall

INDIANAPOLIS – The Butler men’s soccer team lost an important conference match to Seton Hall by the final score of 2-3. The Pirates (6-7-3, 2-6-1 BIG EAST) scored very early, but the Bulldogs (6-7-2, 4-3-1 BIG EAST) responded with two goals in a three-minute span and took a 2-1 lead. Seton Hall then countered with two additional goals and led, 3-2, at that half. That score held through the end of the match.
 
Key Moments

  • 5′ | Seton Hall takes an early lead with a long cross from the left side to the far post which is headed into the right side of the net.
  • 14′ | Quint Breitkreuz gathers the ball in the right side of the penalty area and pushes it over to the center. Tommy Visser touches it once into the right side of the net, leveling the score at one.
  • 16′ | Hemi Nasser splits several defenders with a pass to a wide-open Wilmer Cabrera, Jr. in the middle. Cabrera, Jr. freezes the keeper, sliding a shot just inside the right post and putting the Dawgs up, 2-1.
  • 31′ | A Pirates corner kick is headed directly into the net as Seton Hall levels the score, 2-2.
  • 43′ | A Seton Hall free kick is one-timed directly into the goal. The Pirates re-take the lead, 3-2.

Butler Points Summary
GOALS: Tommy VisserWilmer Cabrera, Jr.
ASSISTS: Quint BreitkreuzHemi Nasser

Bulldog Bits

  • Butler, with 13 points, sits in fourth place in the BIG EAST standings just behind (rv) St. John’s (14). The top two spots are occupied by No. 18 Providence (17) and No. 1 Georgetown (21). With two matches remaining the Bulldogs still have an opportunity to host a quarterfinal match in the BIG EAST Tournament.
     
  • Tommy Visser’s goal was his second of the season and the fourth of his career.
  • The goal by Wilmer Cabrera, Jr. was his fifth of the season, bringing his career total to 17. He leads Butler in points with 12.
  • The assist from Quint Breitkreuz was his second of the season, as he has tallied points in two consecutive matches.
  • Hemi Nasser’s assist was his second of the season.
  • Goalkeeper Gabriel Gjergji made three saves in the match.
     
  • Butler outshot Seton Hall, 20-11. The Bulldogs had seven on target, while the Pirates had six.

Up Next
Butler remains in Indianapolis to host Creighton on Saturday, October 30, at 7 pm. Then, the Bulldogs head to (rv) St. John’s for their final regular season match on Wednesday, November 3.

BALL STATE WOMEN’S SOCCER: Cardinals Host RedHawks for Regular-Season Finale

MUNCIE, Ind. – The Ball State soccer team will be back in action for the final time of the 2021 season on Thursday as Miami makes the trip to Muncie for one last Mid-American Conference match. The Cardinals enter Thursday with an overall record of 5-9-2 and a 3-5-2 mark in MAC play, while the RedHawks are 8-7-3 overall and are 5-5 in conference contests. First touch for Thursday’s matchup is scheduled for 3 p.m. from the Briner Sports Complex.
 
BSU is coming off its best match of the season where the Cardinals claimed a 5-0 victory on Senior Day over Northern Illinois. Kennedy MetzgerAvery FenchelLexi Fraley, and Abby Elgert all picked up goals, while the match’s first goal was an own goal. Jenna Dombrowski collected two assists, while Nicky Potts and Kaitlyn Fraser added one assist each.
 
Chelcy Ralph leads the Cardinals with eight points on four goals. Fraley is second on the team with three goals and is tied for second with six points. Potts is tied for second on the squad with six points on two goals and two assists. The Cardinals have 12 other players with at least one point on the year. Alex DeRuvo has made 58 saves in goal for BSU this season and leads the team.
 
Ball State holds a 13-8-3 record against Miami. The Cardinals have won the last five meetings, with two of those matches needing extra time to determine a winner.
 
Kristina DeMarco leads the RedHawks with 12 points on a team-high five goals and two assists. Haley Anspach is second on the team with 11 points on a team-high five assists and three goals. Miami has three players tied with four goals and five tied with one goal. Izzie Vaccari has spent the majority of time in net for the RedHawks and has made 51 saves on the year.
 
Ball State Top-Five Active Points Leaders
1. Tatiana Mason – 41 points, 14 goals, 13 assists
2. Nicky Potts – 33 points, 12 goals, nine assists
3. Jenna Dombrowski – 15 points, five goals, five assists
T4. Grace Alsop – 12 points, five goals, two assists
T4. Melissa Diceman – 12 points, four goals, four assists
T4. Chelcy Ralph – 12 points, five goals, two assists
 
MAC Standings
1. Kent State – 11-4-2, 7-1-2
2. Ohio – 11-4-2, 7-1-2
3. Bowling Green – 8-6-3, 7-2-1
4. Buffalo – 11-3-3, 5-2-3
5. Toledo – 10-4-4, 5-3-2
6. Central Michigan – 8-7-1, 5-4-1
7. Miami – 8-7-3, 5-5
8. Ball State – 5-9-2, 3-5-2
9. Western Michigan – 5-12, 3-7
10. Northern Illinois – 5-11-2, 2-6-2
11. Eastern Michigan – 2-12-3, 1-7-2
12. Akron – 3-14-1, 1-8-1

BALL STATE SWIMMING: Swimming & Diving Opens Busy Week Thursday Versus Miami

MUNCIE, Ind. – – It will be a very busy week for the Ball State swimming & diving program which will take part in three meets this week, starting Thursday when the men host Mid-American Conference rival Miami at 5 p.m. in the Lewellen Aquatic Center.
 
Both squads will be in action Friday, when they travel to Eastern Illinois for a 5 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. CT meet at Padovan Pool. Saturday will be a quick turnaround for the women, as they host MAC rival Ohio at 11 a.m. back at the Lewellen Aquatic Center.
 
The Cardinals are coming off a very exciting Alumni Meet last Thursday, which saw split squads battle it out for bragging rights; with the Red Team earning a 269-227 victory over the White Team.
 
Intermixed throughout the meet, were swims and diving routines by some the nearly 30 program alumni in attendance.
 
This week, however, the Cardinals turn their attention back to outside competition. BSU started the season strong, with both the men and women turning in solid effort at the Indiana Intercollegiates hosted by Purdue (Oct. 16).
 
The men placed third among the 10-team field, registering 22 Top 10 performances. Sophomore Joey Garberick led the team in the pool, placing second in both the 100 breaststroke (57.51) and 100 IM (51.51). In the diving well, senior Hunter Ongay placed sixth on the 3m (299.85) and seventh on the 1m (289.25).
 
For their efforts, Garberick was named the MAC Men’s Swimmer of the Week, while Ongay earned MAC Diver of the Week honors. It was the second career award for each, as both claimed their respective awards once last season as well.
 
Entering this week, the men’s swimmers hold a total of 11 Top 16 rankings on the MAC performance list:
50 Freestyle: Owen Chaye (21.14 – 6th), Patrick White (21.17 – 9th)
50 Backstroke: Aiden Maurer (25.10 – 9th), Reece Manning (25.23 – 11th), Sam Jennings (25.78 – 12th)
100 Backstroke: Ethan Pheifer (53.39 – 14th), Max Kruglov (54.25 – 15th)
100 Breaststroke: Joey Garberick (57.51 – 4th), Michael Burns (1:00.57 – 15th)
100 Butterfly: Bryce Handshoe (50.84 – 5th), Landyn Riester (52.27 – 11th)
 
On the women’s side, the Cardinals placed second among 12 teams at the season-opening Indiana Intercollagiates. BSU put together 30 top 10 finishes, led by three event wins.
 
Junior Apsara Sakbun was a two event winner, taking top billing in both the 50 freestyle (23.94) and 100 freestyle (51.74). Freshman Hannah Jones also shined in her collegiate debut, winning the 100 backstroke (57.18), with her time being just .16 shy of breaking into the Top 10 on Ball State’s all-time list.
 
Entering this week, the women’s swimmers hold a total of 13 Top 16 rankings on the MAC performance list:
50 Freestyle: Apsara Sakbun (23.94 – 12th)
100 Freestyle: Apsara Sakbun (51.74 – 8th)
200 Freestyle: Marcella Ribeiro (1:54.88 – 11th), Abby Hartshorne (1:55.36 – 13th)
500 Freestyle: Marcella Ribeiro (5:05.89 – 6th), Katie Walker (5:06.59 – 8th)
50 Backstroke: Hannah Jones (27.07 – 7th), Lilia Newkirk (27.27 – 8th)
100 Backstroke: Hannah Jones (57.18 – 12th), Lilia Newkirk (57.46 – 15th)
100 Breaststroke: Alex Bader (1:05.09 – 9th)
100 Butterfly: Abby Hartshorne (56.74 – 9th), Phoebe Rensink (56.83 – 10th)

IUPUI WSOCCER: SEASON COMES TO A CLOSE WITH 2-1 LOSS AT UIC

CHICAGO – The IUPUI women’s soccer team knew it had to collect a victory in its season finale on Wednesday night (Oct. 27) to have any chance at extending its season into the six-team Horizon League Tournament. However, the typically sturdy IUPUI defense showed some cracks as the Jaguars dropped a 2-1 outcome to UIC at Flames Field, effectively ending the campaign. 

Senior striker Elizabeth Bueckers tallied an equalizer in the game’s 50th minute to give a glimmer of hope, but UIC’s Megan Bowman scored the game winner in the 77th minute. 

UIC’s Makena Shaw opened the scoring in the tenth minute, taking advantage of a errant clearance to net her first score of the year. 

IUPUI (4-10-3, 3-5-2 HL) all but gift wrapped the game’s first goal as senior goalkeeper AP Woodall went to drive a back pass deep out of Jaguar territory. However, the ball struck a hard charging Shaw and trickled just over the end line for the game’s first score. UIC maintained the lead through halftime and outshot the Jaguars 7-5 in the opening stanza. Shaw just missed replicating the feat in the 22nd minute on a near identical play, only this time the ball traced just wide of the post. 

A more determined IUPUI attack drew even in the 50th minute off some combination passing. Senior Renae Blevins sent a long lead pass up the right side to Maya Lacognato. Lacognato centered a pass to Bueckers who was making a run up the middle of the field and the Jags’ top scorer redirected a shot past UIC keeper Sara Sanabria. 

Playing level, the IUPUI attack kept the heat on UIC, getting quality attempts from Paige Waskom and Hannah Roberson in succession. Waskom hit her shot wide of target and Roberson had her plucked by Sanabria. 

UIC (2-12-3, 2-7-2 HL) got the winner in the 77th minute as Kaitlyn Montague sent a long throw-in into the IUPUI penalty area. The long throw bounded over a group of IUPUI defenders and to the feet of Bowman, who drove a composed finish past Woodall from close range. 

IUPUI final quality chance of the night came in the 80th minute when the Jaguars drew a foul just beyond the penalty area, but saw Blevins’ driven restart go just wide of frame. 

UIC finished with a 13-10 shot advantage and held IUPUI without a corner kick. Four different IUPUI players had a team-high two shot attempts. Woodall collected six saves in her final career game in net. 

Two UIC keepers combined on four saves as Roberson had two shots on goal for the Jaguars. 

Indiana State Soccer Set for Regular Season Finale at Southern Illinois

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Indiana State women’s soccer will finish their regular season on the road Thursday when the Sycamores take on Southern Illinois at the Lew Hartzog Complex at 5 p.m. ET.

Last Time Out
The Sycamores played Illinois State to a 1-1 draw on Friday night at Memorial Stadium.

Illinois State had the momentum in the first half as they controlled possession for a majority of the period.

The Redbirds took a 1-0 lead in the 16th minute as Alissa Ramsden scored on a feed from Kasey Neidhart for her first goal of the season.

CeCe Wahlberg tied the match at one with her sixth goal of the season in the 68th minute. Wahlberg got a pass from Sasha Thompson then turned and fired a shot from five yards outside of the box to where Redbirds goalie Priya Gillan could not reach it.

Audrey Stephens nearly put the match away in the first overtime period but Gillan made a nice save to keep the match tied.

The Redbirds put three shots on goal in the second overtime period but all were saved by Maddie Alexander to end the match as a 1-1 tie.

Illinois State finished the match with 23 shots while Indiana State attempted 16.

Katie Yankey and CeCe Wahlberg led the Sycamores with five shots each with Maddie Alexander making a career-high 10 saves.

The draw moves Indiana State to 5-7-3 (3-2-2) on the season.

Sycamore Stats and Notes
CeCe Wahlberg has now scored in four consecutive matches which is the first time a Sycamore player has done that since Abby Reed in 2013.

Wahlberg’s six goals this season give her 12 for her career which puts her in a tie for ninth-most all time in Sycamore history.

Maddie Alexander was named the MVC Defensive Player of the Week for her career-high 10 save performance. It was the first time an Indiana State goalie had 10 or more saves in a match since 2014 when Brittany San Roman had 18 in a 1-1 tie against Belmont. An Indiana State player has won an MVC weekly award in four straight weeks.

Katie Yankey attempted a career-high five shots while putting four on goal.

The Sycamores have earned at least one conference point in six straight matches.

Indiana State can clinch the No. 3 seed in the MVC tournament with a win on Thursday. Friday’s tie clinched a postseason spot for the second straight season.
 
The Opponent
Indiana State heads to Carbondale, Illinois to take on Southern Illinois for the final match of the regular season. The Salukis are in search of their first win of the season, coming into this match with an 0-14-1 (0-7-0) record.

This will be the second matchup between the two programs, with Indiana State winning 1-0 last year in Terre Haute. Southern Illinois soccer began MVC play last spring.

Grant Williams is in his third season as the head coach. He was hired in 2018 as the first coach in Saluki Soccer history.

Junior midfielder Christy Murauskis leads the team with three points this season. She scored the lone goal in Southern Illinois’ last match against UNI.

Junior forward Emma Spotak was an All-MVC Second Team selection in the spring.

Up Next
Indiana State will host an MVC quarterfinals match on Sunday, October 31 with start time and opponent TBD.

EVANSVILLE WOMEN’S SOCCER: Postseason Implications on the Line in Regular Season Finale with Missouri State

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – In the final act of the regular season, the University of Evansville women’s soccer team will have plenty to play for on Thursday afternoon in a match against Missouri State at 4 PM at Arad McCutchan Stadium in Evansville.
 

Evansville vs. Missouri State | Thurs., Oct. 28 | 4 PM
LocationEvansville, Ind.
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Previewing the Matchup

  • The final matchup of the regular season is the 32nd meeting in series history with the Aces owning a 14-10-7 advantage in the all-time series. 
  • The two sides did not meet last spring making the last meeting all the way back on Nov. 3, 2019 in the opening round of the MVC Championship with the Bears capturing a 1-0 win over Evansville in Springfield. 
  • Missouri State has earned a result in five-straight meetings in the series with Evansville last capturing a win in the 2014 regular-season finale, 1-0, on Oct. 29, 2014. 
  • The Bears enter the regular season finale with a 5-7-4 overall record and a 2-4-1 mark in MVC play. In their last contest, the Bears defeated Drake, 3-2, in double overtime on Saturday. 
  • The final day of the regular season features plenty of intrigue with nearly every team entering Thursday with something to play for. Only one team, Southern Illinois, has been mathematically eliminated from postseason competition and none of the other eight teams are locked into their spot in the Championship. Evansville could finish as high as fourth or miss the tournament all together depending on results. Missouri State needs a win to qualify for the Championship. 
  • The regular season title is also on the line on Thursday with Loyola and Valparaiso both entering the final day with 16 total points and facing one another.


Last Match: Valparaiso 2, Evansville 1

  • Generating attacking opportunities late, the University of Evansville women’s soccer team battled back from a deficit, but came up short in a 2-1 loss to Valparaiso on Saturday night in Valparaiso, Ind.
  • For the second time this season and the second time in her career, fifth-year senior Emily Olson scored a goal, helping Evansville push closer late in the second half. In goal, fellow fifth-year senior Michaela Till moved within four saves of tying the career program record, stopping four shots on the night.
  • The Aces generated the first shot on-goal of the night as senior Alex Eyler let go off a shot in the ninth minute that forced a save from Beacon keeper Nikki Coryell. Despite Evansville’s early chance, it was Valpo who found the back of the net first, doing so in the 17th minute as Valpo’s Kelsie James clipped home a ball to give the Beacons the early advantage. Nine minutes later, the Beacons added another goal with a familiar name doing the scoring. James scored her second goal of the half in the 26th minute, off an assist from Peyton Flynn, earning Valpo a 2-0 lead, an advantage it would hold at the break.
  • A more aggressive Evansville attack showed itself in the second half as the Aces recorded seven shots in the second period compared to four in the first 45 minutes. Less than five minutes into  the second half, fifth-year senior Jayme-Lee Hunter challenged the Beacons with a shot on frame that was saved by Coryell. In the 72nd minute, Evansville’s increased attack paid off as the Aces halved their deficit. Off a free kick, junior Emilie Hill sent a soaring ball into the ball that was popped up into the air multiple times before senior Emily Wolak headed the ball to Olson who directed the ball to the left of Coryell, putting Evansville on the board. Over the final 15 minutes, the Aces recorded two more shots, but could not find their second goal as Valparaiso held on for the 2-1 win.


Olson Scores Again

  • In her fifth year with the Aces, defender Emily Olson has gotten involved on the attacking end twice this season.
  • Against Valpo on Saturday night, Olson headed home her second goal of the season after a pass from Emily Wolak in the 72nd minute to push the Aces back within a goal.
  • Prior to this season, Olson played 1,619 minutes without a goal, but in 11 appearances this season has scored twice and recorded six shots.


Senior Day

  •  Evansville will honor eight seniors prior to Thursday’s match against Missouri State.
  • These eight seniors combined to record 29,448 minutes on the pitch, score 29 goals, deliver 16 assists, and recorded 373 saves.

EVANSVILLE MEN’S SOCCER: From Start to Finish: Complete performance earns Aces 2-0 win at SIUE

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. – Putting together a complete 90-minute performance, the University of Evansville men’s soccer captured a 2-0 victory on the road at SIUE on Wednesday night in Edwardsville, Ill.

“There’s no quit in this group. I’m proud of the guys,” said Aces head men’s soccer coach Marshall Ray. “It’s been a struggle at times this season, but we’ve continued to work hard, battle, and compete. This is a good road win in The Valley for us. Now we have to get prepared for a home match and Senior Day against Drake. The whole season’s in front of us.”

An efficient attack proved to be just what the Aces needed as Evansville recorded six shots on the night, putting five on frame and two in the back of the net. Redshirt junior Jakub Hall scored his first goal of the season to kick-off the scoring, followed by senior Davis Peck adding his second of the year. In goal, redshirt junior Jacob Madden put on another impressive performance, recording his second shutout of the season, while making five saves.

Keeping possession for long stretches, the Aces played out of the back and it paid dividends. Evansville’s first opportunity was converted in the 12th minute as freshman Jose Vivas slipped a clever through ball to a sprinting Hall, who put the ball across the face of goal and found the back of the net. A stout defensive effort showed itself early for the Aces as SIUE only recorded three shots after the 10-minute mark, putting none on frame.

In the second half, Evansville turned-up the heat with run after run from junior Nkosi Graham, Vivas, and Peck. Vivas tallied his lone shot of the evening in the 53rd minute, putting pace behind the ball and forcing a tough save from the Cougars keeper Tor Erik Larsen. Graham got his chance in the 63rd minute, looking to slip the ball in near post, but again Larsen made the save. It was Peck’s turn in the 64th minute with a shot that Larsen was able to corral from point-blank range. Less than five minutes later, Peck would get another chance against Larsen in a similar situation. After a giveaway, Peck received the ball at his feet and nutmegged a defender to find himself one-on-one with the keeper. This time, Peck chipped the ball over the keeper, giving Evansville a 2-0 lead with less than 25 minutes to play.

The threat was not over from the Cougars as in the 77th minute SIUE nearly halved Evansville’s advantage. A pair of shots from close range came at Madden, but the Round Rock, Texas native calmly handled the first that rebounded out and collected the second to preserve the lead as the Aces captured the 2-0 win.

The win was Evansville first two-goal win on the road since a 2-0 victory at Belmont on Oct. 18, 2016.

Evansville comes back to Arad McCutchan Stadium on Sunday afternoon for Senior Day with a 2 PM contest with Drake.

VALPO MEN’S BASKETBALL: Fun Begins on Saturday as Fans Return to the ARC

The long wait is finally over.

For the first time since Feb. 25, 2020, the Valparaiso University men’s basketball team will play a game at the Athletics-Recreation Center that is open to the public on Saturday night. A new team with a new nickname will provide a new energy in the ARC starting at this week’s Community Welcome Back Night, an exhibition game vs. Ashland that begins at 6 p.m.

“It’s going to be tremendous to have fans back at the ARC,” head coach Matt Lottich said. “We were very thankful to be able to play last year with everything going on, but it’s just not the same. The fans bring a lot of energy to the players, to the building, to the community, to us as coaches and to the University. The fans have really been out supporting our fall sports. It’s been great to see football and volleyball so well attended. Soccer is having an excellent year; tennis had a great fall. It’s been an outstanding fall for the Beacons, and we’re super excited to do our part to continue a great year for our athletic department.”  

Chairback seats are available for Saturday’s game for the discounted price of $10 and bleacher seats are discounted to $5. A Halloween costume contest will add to the fun with prizes available for the winning costumes. Visit valpoathletics.com/tickets/ or call 219-464-5233 to purchase tickets or for more information.

Simply returning to the ARC is reason alone for joy, and there are plenty of reasons for added excitement surrounding the on-court product this season. The Beacons will feature a compelling blend of returning players, transfers and freshmen.

Returning Players

As a Preseason All-Missouri Valley Conference Second Team choice, junior Ben Krikke (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada / Jasper Place) is at the forefront of a group of four returnees who played significant minutes last season.

Krikke led the team in scoring both overall (12.3 ppg) and in conference-only action (13.1), boosting his scoring average by 5.6 points per game from the previous season. The Valpo forward earned MVC Scholar-Athlete First Team, MVC Most-Improved Team and All-MVC Third Team laurels, the only player in The Valley to receive all three of those honors. He was also named a CoSIDA Academic All-District First Team choice.

“Ben has been great,” Lottich said. “If you get him the ball in certain situations, it’s almost automatic. He’ll be playing some 4 and 5 for us. He’ll have an ability to stretch the defense against a traditional 5 and really pound out the opponents when he goes down low against a smaller 4.”

Sophomore Sheldon Edwards (West Palm Beach, Fla. / Palm Beach Lakes [TLAP Sports Academy]) burst onto the scene as a rookie, earning a place on the 2020-21 MVC All-Freshman Team. He appeared in 27 games and made 12 starts during his first collegiate campaign, scoring 8.1 points per game while knocking down a team-most 36 3-pointers and ranking second on the squad with 24 steals.

“Sheldon is actually jumping even higher if you can believe it,” Lottich said. “He was a late bloomer as a basketball player, and he’s continued to get better. He scores the ball in a variety of ways – he can score off the bounce and can raise up and shoot. He’s really locked into defense. He took this offseason and worked, which was great to see.”

Eron Gordon (Indianapolis, Ind. / Cathedral [Seton Hall]) will provide a veteran presence in his sixth year of college basketball. Taking advantage of the extra year of eligibility offered due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Gordon is an elite rebounder at the guard position and pulled down 5.1 caroms per contest a year ago. He also scored 6.8 points per game and shot the 3 at a 33.3 percent clip. He led the team in rebounding on 11 occasions after he did not pace the team in that area in any game the previous season.

“Eron is steady,” Lottich said. “He hits shots when he’s open, he plays off the pick-and-roll well, and he’s one of the best defensive rebounding guards in the country. He’s brought a veteran presence and maturity level. He’s going to be playing on the ball and off the ball a little bit this year. He’s always available to do whatever we need him to do.”

Sophomore Connor Barrett (Chicago, Ill. / Loyola Academy) played in 18 games and made 13 starts as a rookie before missing time with an injury. He ranked second on the team by hitting 3s at a 39.7 percent clip and made three or more 3-pointers on five occasions. Barrett averaged 6.5 points and 2.5 rebounds per game.

“Connor is shooting the ball great,” Lottich said. “He was healthy and playing well, and got a little banged up. It’s nothing too serious, so we should have him back on the court soon.”

Junior Emil Freese-Vilien (Copenhagen, Denmark / Falkonergardens Gynasmium) battled injuries over the course of the 2020-21 season, limiting his action to two games. He appeared in 16 games as a freshman in 2019-20.

Transfers

Five transfers have joined the program and figure to make a significant impact. One was an all-conference player at Winona State, and the other four have previous experience in the Big Ten Conference.

“The transfers have come with a high basketball IQ,” Lottich said. “They’ve all come from very good programs and have all been really well coached. Three players were a part of a lot of success at Wisconsin. One was coached by Tom Izzo, and one was fantastically well coached at Winona. I think the overall intellect of our guys is really high. They come with some maturity and physicality, and when you combine those things, you’ve got a pretty good basketball player.”

After appearing in 86 games over the last three seasons at Michigan State, senior Thomas Kithier (Macomb, Mich. / Clarkston [Michigan State]) figures to be a high-impact player in the Missouri Valley Conference this season. He made 14 starts during his final season in East Lansing, when he shot at a 65 percent clip, going 26-of-40 from the floor to register the team’s highest field-goal percentage. He was part of a Spartans team that reached the Final Four in 2018-19, shared the Big Ten regular-season crown in 2019-20 and again qualified for the NCAA Tournament in 2020-21.

A sixth-year college player, Trevor Anderson (Stevens Point, Wis. / SPASH [Wisconsin]) spent the last four years at Wisconsin after starting his collegiate career at Green Bay. He played against Valpo during the 2016-17 season, which was Valpo’s final year in the Horizon League. He started and saw 23 minutes of action at the ARC on Jan. 16, 2017, an 80-56 Valpo victory over the Phoenix. The point guard appeared in 60 of Wisconsin’s 62 games over the last two seasons. Anderson finished his high school career with the eighth-most points in the history of the state of Wisconsin and was named Mr. Basketball and Associated Press Player of the Year following his senior season.

Fifth-year Kevion Taylor (Milwaukee / Whitnall [Winona State]) comes to Valpo for his extra season of eligibility after earning a haul of accolades during his four-year career at Winona State, a member of a highly-competitive Division-II conference. He was an all-conference first team choice last season, leading his team in scoring at 20.5 points per game while knocking down a team-high 35 3s in a shortened season. He finished his Winona State career with 1,632 points, cracking the Top 10 in program history in career scoring, and started 73 of his 74 games over his final three seasons in the program. Taylor hit a program-record 109 3-pointers in 2019-20.

Joe Hedstrom (Hopkins, Minn. / Hopkins [Wisconsin]) redshirted his first year of college in 2018-19 before incurring a season-ending injury after six games in 2019-20. He appeared in nine games during his third year on Wisconsin’s campus.

Kobe King (La Crosse, Wis. / La Crosse Central [Wisconsin]) will miss time at the beginning of the season, but will add a high-caliber piece to Valpo’s rotation when he returns to the court. He spent three seasons at Wisconsin, including the 2019-20 season where he started all 19 games he played and averaged 10.0 points per game and a team-high 12.6 points per game over nine Big Ten contests, all starts. He was Wisconsin’s Mr. Basketball, Gatorade Player of the Year and a unanimous selection for Associated Press Player of the Year following his senior year of high school.

Freshmen

Valpo’s roster will also feature a quintet of compelling rookies – Keyondre Young (Del City, Okla. / Del City), Darius DeAveiro (Kanata, Ottawa, Canada / Orangeville Prep), Cam Palesse (Waukesha, Wis. / Waukesha West), Trey Woodyard (London, Ohio / International Sports Academy) and Preston Ruedinger (Oskhosh, Wis. / Lourdes Academy).

The son of a coach, DeAveiro helped his team to three Ontario Scholastic Basketball Association championships and earned 2020 Academy Defensive Player of the Year in his native Canada. Young was named Super 5 Player of the Year by the Oklahoman following his senior season in 2020-2021. Woodyard scored 15.7 points per game as a junior and 16.7 per game as a sophomore at London High School in Ohio. Palesse was named Senior Wing Award Winner by Wisconsin Sports Network as a senior and was named to Team Wisconsin following his senior season. Ruedinger was an Associated Press First Team All-State selection in 2020-21.

“I really like the freshmen a lot,” Lottich said. “They’re very talented. Right now, they’re adjusting to the physicality and speed of the game. They all have moments where you look up and go, ‘Wow.’ We’ve seen flashes. They’re willing to learn and willing to be coached.”

Following the Beacons in Exhibition Action

There will be no ESPN3/+ video coverage of the two home exhibition games, but both will have audio coverage and live stats via StatBroadcast. The audio of the Ashland game will be available on the WVUR YouTube page and WVUR, 95.1 FM Valparaiso and the TuneIn Radio app will join the game in progress at the conclusion of the Valpo football game at San Diego. Garrett Willis will have the call for the Ashland exhibition. The Flagler contest will be on 95.1 FM Valparaiso, The TuneIn Radio App and ValpoAthletics.com with Todd Ickow describing the action.

Previewing Ashland – Saturday, Oct. 30, 6 p.m., ARC

  • Ashland went 15-9 overall last season and 11-7 in conference play on its way to winning the GLIAC Tournament and advancing to the Division-II NCAA Regional.
  • A trip to Northwest Indiana will bring back good memories for the Eagles, who clinched their conference tournament championship in Hammond last March as the event was hosted by Purdue Northwest.
  • Head coach John Ellenwood is in his 13th

Previewing Flagler – Thursday, Nov. 4, 6 p.m., ARC

  • Flagler posted an 18-3 mark last season and advanced to the Division-II national semifinals.
  • Flagler earned two wins over Division-I opponents a year ago, defeating Central Michigan 92-73 and North Florida 73-66.
  • The Saints are under the direction of head coach Chad Warner, who spent one season on Valpo’s staff in 2016-17 as a special assistant to head coach Matt Lottich.

PURDUE FT.WAYNE WSOCCER: Mastodons Clinch Horizon League Tournament Berth

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Purdue Fort Wayne women’s soccer team clinched the sixth seed in the 2021 Horizon League Championship after a 1-0 loss against Cleveland State on Wednesday, Oct. 27 at the Hefner Soccer Complex. 

It is the Mastodons’ first league tournament berth since making the Summit League Tournament in 2013. 

The ‘Dons entered the final day of the regular season with multiple paths to receiving a postseason berth. After Wednesday’s match, both the Mastodons and Vikings earned a spot in the Horizon League Championship. The ‘Dons finished the regular season with 14 points, three points ahead of IUPUI, who lost to UIC 2-1 on Wednesday.

Purdue Fort Wayne will head to Highland Heights, Ky. for the quarterfinals against Northern Kentucky on Sunday, Oct. 31 (1 p.m.). A Mastodon victory would send the ‘Dons to Milwaukee to face the top seeded Panthers on Thursday, Nov. 4. 

The Mastodons finish the regular season with a 5-7-6 overall record and a 4-5-2 record in the Horizon League. Cleveland State’s record improved to 6-10-2 overall and 5-5-1 in the Horizon League.

After a scoreless first half, the two teams combined for 20 shots in the second half. Cleveland State had multiple early opportunities to score in the second half, including four corner kicks between the 67th and 69th minute. The ‘Dons would hold strong, with a save from Samantha Castaneda and defender Isabelle Wissel in the 69th minute. Five minutes later, in the 74th minute, the Vikings would strike with a goal from Mckenna Donahue. Her shot went off the left post and in the net.

The ‘Dons would not go down without a fight. Rylee Vruggink put a shot on net in the 82nd minute, but it was kicked away by a Viking defender. In the 84th minute, Marisa Metzger had a chance to score with a shot from the goalkeeper’s box, but the shot was saved by Cleveland State’s goalkeeper Kyla Valaitis.

The Vikings would out-shoot the ‘Dons 14-13 and had a 9-6 shots on goal advantage. Both Morgan Reitano and Bella Reitano led the ‘Dons in shots with four. Castaneda had seven saves and allowed one goal.

INDIANAPOLIS WRESTLING: Wrestling dubbed third in GLVC Preseason Poll

INDIANAPOLIS- The UIndy wrestling program has been chosen to finish third in the Great Lakes Valley Conference in the annual Preseason Coaches Poll, released Wednesday afternoon by the league.

The Greyhounds, ranked #13 nationally in the NWCA Preseason Poll, earned 38 total points, including one first-place vote. Lindenwood was chosen to top the GLVC, with 48 total points and six first-place votes. McKendree amassed 43 points and took the remaining first place vote to take third in the poll. The full poll is below.

UIndy features the reigning GLVC Freshman of the Year in Logan Bailey. The Greyhound 149 was an All-GLVC Third Team selection a season ago, and was the NWCA’s Super Region 3 Rookie of the Year. 

In addition to Bailey, a pair of All-Americans in #4 Dawson Combest, a two-time All-GLVC First Team selection, at 157 and #5 Andrew Sams, an All-GLVC Second Team honoree last season, at 174, as well as two-time National Qualifier Gleason Mappes at 184 return for the Hounds. Jack Eiteljorge, a 2020 All-American and All-GLVC First Team honoree last season, is back at 165, while All-GLVC Second Team selection Derek Blubaugh is back at 197 for UIndy. 

The Greyhounds open their 2021-22 season Nov. 2, hosting Defiance in the Ruth Lilly Fitness Center at 6 p.m. The GLVC portion of the schedule opens Jan. 13, with the Hounds on the road at Maryville in an 8 p.m. dual.

MARIAN VOLLEYBALL: NO. 6 MARIAN OVERPOWERS NO. 11 INDIANA WESLEYAN IN FOUR-SET WIN

Marion, Ind. – The Marian volleyball team grinded out a four-set victory Wednesday night, defeating No. 21 Indiana Wesleyan 3-1 in Luckey Arena. The Knights’ victory was their first win at Indiana Wesleyan since October 2, 2019, and was Marian’s first four-set victory this season since September 17. Marian is now 29-0 this season overall and 17-0 in Crossroads League play. 

The first set proved to be a back and forth battle, seeing Marian open the match with the first three points before Indiana Wesleyan rattled off three straight to tie. A 6-0 run helped the Wildcats capture a 10-5 lead, but Marian responded with a pair of runs, as Skyler Van Note and Averi Lanman helped crawl within two. A Van Note kill brought Marian back to a tie at 14-14, and a pair of blocks from Lanman helped Marian later tie the set at 18-18. The second Lanman block brought on an Indiana Wesleyan timeout, and after the stoppage Marian continued to roll scoring four unanswered. Marian led by as many as five in the stretch run, with Spangler clsoing out the 25-21 win with her seventh kill of the first set. 

Neither team gained more than two points of separation in the second set, with the two rivals battling to a 10-10 stalemate. IWU used a 4-0 run to go up 12-10, but an attack error and back to back points from Jai-Lyn Norwood and Michaela Hoffa brought the set back to a tie. A service error helped Marian get to an 18-18 draw, and a kill from Alison Dreves gave Marian their first lead since the third rally of the game. Marian went up 20-18, but Indiana Wesleyan surged back in front, and used a pair of kills to scratch out a 25-22 win. 

Marian responded after losing their first set since September with a strong third set, building an early 7-4 lead that forced a timeout from Indiana Wesleyan. Marian kept building their lead, and a pair of attack errors gave them a 14-8 lead. Madison Brooks‘ first kill of the match gave her team a 15-9 lead, and propeled Marian on a 6-1 run that featured strong attacks from Lanman and Spangler. The Wildcats would make it closer using a 4-0 run, but it was too late to catch Marian as Hoffa and Van Note put away the 25-17 third set win. 

Leading 2-1, Marian looked to put away the Wildcats early in the fourth set as their hitters helped build a 9-6 lead. A dump from Serena Dodson two rallies later put Marian up 10-7, and helped ignite a pair of runs, with Marian using a 3-0 and 5-0 run to go up 20-11. Van Note, Spangler, and Norwood were the catalysts of the runs, and another 3-0 spurt that featured two kills from Hoffa moved Marian to match point. Indiana Wesleyan broke the run on a service ace, but one rally later Hoffa put away the winning kill, sending Marian home victorious with a 25-18 fourth set win. 

Marian had four hitters record 10 or more kills as they posted 60 as a team, and were led by Spangler and Hoffa’s 14 kills. Van Note posted a double-double recording 12 kills and 14 digs while adding two total blocks, and Norwood had 10 kills to go with two block assists. Lexi Spence recorded 29 assists and 10 digs to record a double double, and Dodson had 17 assists. Maggie Meyer had 15 digs to lead the team, and Lanman led Marian in blocking with five total to go with five kills.

Marian will finish their regular season at home, hosting Bethel on Saturday at 2 PM for their senior day match. 

MARIAN MSOCCER: GONZALEZ’S GOLDEN GOAL SEALS MARIAN’S DOUBLE OT WIN AT TAYLOR

Upland, Ind. – After yeilding two first half goals, the Marian men’s soccer team responded with a pair of second half scores to force overtime, with Sebastian Gonzalez defeating Taylor in the 110th minute to lift Marian to a 3-2 double overtime victory. Marian is now 5-3 in Crossroads League play and 9-6-2 overall, locking in a top-four finish in the Crossroads League standings for the first time since 2010. 

Taylor peppered the net early and often, shooting seven shots toward the net in the first 10 minutes of the match. Eirik Hagerupsen-Hansen came up strong saving each of the first four shots that went on frame, but failed to collect a fifth straight save as Quinn Partain put away the game’s first goal in the 11th minute. Marian finally got involved on offense after the goal taking four shots over the next 10 minutes, but came up empty on each attempt. In the 23rd minute, Partain doubled the lead for Taylor slamming a shot past Hansen, giving the Trojans a 2-0 lead.

Marian continued to find shot attempts over the remainder of the half while adding a pair of corner kicks as the started a counter, but came up without a goal entering the break down 2-0. Taylor held a 12-6 lead in shot attempts at halftime, and Marian held a 4-3 lead in corner kicks. 

The tone changed immediately in the second half, with Marian’s offense attacking the net from the opening minute. Sebastian Gonzalez started a chain of shots, with Marian taking four in the first three minutes. The Knights’ continued to attack adding five shots, and had a chance to break to drought as Jalen Rice lined up a penalty kick in the 53rd minute, but Sam Spiegel denied the junior of the goal. Two minutes later Marian cut the lead in half, getting a goal from Gonzalez in the 55th minute to inch within a goal. 

Taylor’s defense tightened after the goal allowing Marian just one shot over the next 20 minutes. The Knights’ stayed persistent, and in the 82nd minute got the equalizer from their captains, with James Jenkins scoring off a pass from Timmy Annee. Jenkins’ 10th goal of the season would force overtime as neither team added a score in the final eight minutes of regulation, and in the first extra session neither team came out as a victor as both sides combined for three shots. 

Tempo picked up in the second extra session with Gonzalez and Jenkins taking a pair of shots in the first three minutes, but neither striker came away golden. Taylor responded with three shots of their own, but second half goalie Brendan Weiger came up big making a pair of saves. The game looked close to ending in a draw, but Marian made one last push setting up a run for Gonzalez. The sophomore took the ball and ran it into the box, burying a touch kick into the right side of the net to score the golden goal, lifting Marian to a 3-2 victory. 

As a team Marian took 30 shots in their double-overtime win, with Gonzalez scoring both Marian’s first and game-winning goal, leading the team with 11 shots. Jenkins took six shots, and Rice too four attempts. Annee had Marian’s only assist of the game, and took one shot in the win. Off the bench, Nate Van Keulen took three shots. Hansen made five saves logging first half action, while Weiger recorded his second straight overtime win making four saves in 64 minutes. 

With the win Marian has locked in a top-four spot in the league standings, and will finish the regular season Saturday night at Indiana Wesleyan. 

MARIAN WSOCCER: OLEKSAK SCORES GAME-WINNER AS MARIAN BESTS TAYLOR IN OVERTIME

INDIANAPOLIS – The Marian women’s soccer team needed a few minutes of overtime, but junior Erin Oleksak scored the golden goal to lead the Knights past Crossroads League-foe Taylor on Wednesday night at St. Vincent Field. The win is the Knights’ sixth-straight victory. Marian is now 14-2-1 on the season and 6-1-1 in Crossroads League play.

The Knights began the night attacking Taylor aggressively in the first half, firing off five shots in the opening 15 minutes of play. Trojans goalkeeper Hannah Brackenbury made save after save to keep Marian off the scoreboard in the first 45 minutes. The best opportunity Marian had to score came in the final minute of first half play when Brackenbury earned a yellow card. Jacelyn Smith took the free kick from just outside of the box, and her shot hit the left post. Despite the Knights outshooting the Trojans 11-1 in the opening half, the game remained scoreless.

Marian remained on the attack to begin the second half, with shots by Smith, Delaney Taylor, and Sydney Genatempo giving Taylor some trouble in the first few minutes of action. The Trojans did get some looks later in the second half, but Knights goalkeeper Noelle Rolfsen made a few nice saves to keep things tied. Oleksak had a couple of close looks in the 79th minute, but her attempts were thwarted by Taylor defenders. After two full periods, the game remained scoreless as the teams prepared for overtime.

It did not take long for the Knights to end Taylor’s chances on an upset tie or win. Gretchen Mallin dribbled past a few Taylor defenders and delivered a great ball to Oleksak in the box. Oleksak’s strike found the top right corner of the net in the 93rd minute, giving Marian a 1-0 victory.

Rolfsen earned a clean sheet, making five saves in the contest. Oleksak finished with nine of Marian’s 23 shots on the night to lead the team. Smith finished with four shots as Ryli JohnMiranda NoskoAllie Schlom, and Taylor each had two shots, respectively.

Marian will finish up the regular season at St. Vincent Field on October 30 as they host No. 9 Indiana Wesleyan for a 2 PM contest.

IU EAST MEN’S BASKETBALL: IU SOUTH BEND 91, IU EAST 64

RICHMOND, Ind. – Back on court for the first time in 332 days, the Indiana University East men’s basketball team dropped a 91-64 decision against No. 25 Indiana University South Bend on Oct. 27 in the season opener for both teams.

IU South Bend used efficient offense from all parts of the court, including significant edges in points in the paint and at the free-throw line, to gradually build its lead over the final 30 minutes.

A good-sized Opening Night crowd, some clad in Halloween attire, saw IU East shoot the ball well from 3-point range in the middle portion of its first home game in 340 days, but the Red Wolves’ last lead was at 17-16 midway through the first half.

Justin Williams scored his IU East career-best with 13 points.

Miles Tracy topped seven IU South Bend players who scored in double figures with 13 points.

IU East returns to the court Nov. 2 for another home game. The University of Michigan-Dearborn visits Lingle Court for a 7 p.m. contest.

IU EAST VOLLEYBALL: RIO GRANDE 3, IU EAST 1

RIO GRANDE, Ohio – Late RedStorm surges proved decisive as the Indiana University East fell in four sets at the University of Rio Grande on Oct. 27.

Final score from Rio Grande’s Newt Oliver Arena: 24-26, 25-21, 25-23, 25-22.

IU East (14-11, 9-4) still holds a half-game lead over Point Park University for first place in the River States Conference East Division. Rio Grande is 9-13 overall and 7-7 in the league.

Rio Grande came back from an 8-3 deficit in the third set and erased a 10-2 IU East lead in the fourth set to earn a season split of the two matches this year between the Red Wolves and RedStorm.

IU East used a late surge of its own to claim the opening set. The Red Wolves saved four set points and won the set on the strength of a five-point serving run from Jenna Mitchell.

Jessica Swimm (team-best 19 kills and 14 digs) recorded her 10th kills-digs double-double of the season.

IU East returns to Lingle Court for home matches on Oct. 29 and Oct. 30.

The Oct. 29 matchup against Ohio Valley University is the “Green Dot Awareness Match.” The Green Dot strategy educates and empowers people to create a community where violence is not tolerated. Match time is 7 p.m.

WABASH MEN’S SOCCER: Davis’ Second-Half Goal Sends Wabash To 2-1 Win Over DePauw

Solomon Davis collected a corner kick and scored the game-winning goal for the Wabash soccer team in a 2-1 home victory over DePauw Wednesday evening.
 
Davis took the shot from the far post after Timothy Herring delivered a perfect corner kick across the mouth of the goal. Davis’ shot in the 66th minute swept past the goalkeeper and settled into the left corner of the net for the eventual game-winning score.
 
Wabash (11-5-1, 4-3-1 NCAC) took the early lead in the 32nd minute. Coledon Johnson scored the first goal for the Little Giants with a couple of quick moves in the box before turning and firing a shot into the right corner for his team-leading 12th goal of the season. Johnson finished the match with a team-high two shots on goal and three total attempts.
 
DePauw (10-7-0, 4-4-0 NCAC) evened the score three minutes before halftime. Clay Troyer fired a shot after taking a quick restart pass from Joel Thompkins for his third goal of the year.
 
Wabash put a total of four shots on goal out of 14 total shot attempts. Little Giant goalkeeper Michael Bertram earned the victory. He made one save and faced a total of eight shots from the Tiger with two on net.
 
The victory vaults Wabash into fourth place in the latest North Coast Athletic Conference standings with one match to play. The Little Giants can lock in a berth in the upcoming conference tournament with a victory Saturday against Oberlin College. The Little Giants and Yeomen meet at 1 p.m. at Fischer Field in the Wabash home finale for the season.

BETHEL WOMEN’S SOCCER: Women’s Soccer Suffers Overtime Loss on Senior Day

ARDEN HILLS, Minn. – The Bethel University women’s soccer team suffered its seventh straight loss and second straight in overtime falling to Concordia at home on senior day, 1-0.

The Cobbers captured the victory scoring in the 95th minute with pin point accuracy finding the upper 90 on the back post with a shot that went over the hands of a leaping Megan Duff.

Both teams had limited opportunities at shots on frame in the first half. Duff, the senior goalkeeper making her first start of the year, kept it a scoreless tie going into break after challenge a Concordia forward make a big save with under a minute to go.

Everything was even after 90 minutes of play, with both teams tallying 13 shots and neither finding the back of the net. Both goalkeepers highlighted regulation play where Duff collected five saves, the Royals defense accounted for two team saves and the Concordia keeper eight.

The Royals conclude the regular season Saturday at Augsburg beginning at 1 p.m.

MANCHESTER VOLLEYBALL: Manchester Falls in Four Sets at Rival Anderson on Wednesday

ANDERSON, Ind. – The Manchester University volleyball team fell in four sets at rival Anderson University on Wednesday October 27.

Manchester took the opening set of Wednesday’s match 25-22, however the host the Ravens took the second, third, and fourth sets by tallies of  25-22, 25-15, and 25-23.

Sydney McClain and Tess Perdue led Anderson with 12 and 10 kills, respectively. Anderson swung .241 as a team on Wednesday night. Manchester swung .164 as a team.

The Spartans were led by Sara Shultz’s (Churubusco, Ind./East Noble) and Halle Planck’s (Gas City, Ind./Mississinewa) 11 kills. Planck added a pair of block assists against the Ravens.  The Spartans were credited with 14 block assists on Wednesday night.

Carly Ripberger (Tipton, Ind./Tipton) and Jordan Holland (Osceola, Ind./Mishawaka) chipped in 21 and 16 assists against the Ravens. Helaina Walters (Marion, Ind./Eastbrook) led Manchester with 19 digs.

The Spartans (11-14, 3-5 HCAC) will host Mount St. Joseph at 2 p.m. in Stauffer-Wolfe Arena on Saturday October 30. The Spartans will host their Senior Day for Samantha Campbell (Brownsburg, Ind./Brownsburg).

Anderson improved to 11-12, 4-4 HCAC with the win.

MANCHESTER MSOCCER: Men’s Soccer Drops 1-0 Heartbreaker to Bluffton in Season Finale

NORTH MANCHESTER, Ind. – The Manchester University men’s soccer team dropped a 1-0 heartbreaker to visiting Bluffton University in the team’s regular season finale on Wednesday October 27.

The stakes were high in Wednesday’s game – a win for either team would guarantee a spot in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Tournament, which is set to begin on Saturday October 30. A loss would mark the end of the season.

Bluffton managed to score the game’s only goal in the 15th minute. Elijah Zimmerman was able to benefit from a failed clear out in the box by the Spartans, playing the ball into the back of the net. Zimmerman’s score was his ninth goal of the season.

Manchester would lead in shots taken in Wednesday’s contest 12-6. MU also held a 6-2 advantage on shots placed on goal and corner kicks taken 6-3.

Sophomore Harley Kruschwitz (North Manchester, Ind./Manchester) led the Black & Gold with 6 shots. Kruschwitz ended the season with 14 goals – tied for the eighth-most goals in a single-season in school history and the most goals in a single-season since Josh Gonzalez scored 14 goals in 2018.

Junior Ruben Gonzalez (Sylvania, Ohio/Sylvania Northview) placed all 3 of his shots on goal against the Beavers.

For Bluffton, keeper Angel Velasco-Urbina made 6 saves en route to the clean sheet.

With the win, Bluffton clinches the No. 6 seed the HCAC Tournament. Defiance College defeated Earlham College earlier this afternoon and clinched the No. 5 seed. The Beavers ended the regular season 8-7, 4-5 HCAC.

The Spartans ended the season with a record of 6-10-1, 3-6 HCAC.

MANCHESTER WSOCCER: Concludes Season at Bluffton on Wednesday

BLUFFTON, Ohio – The Manchester University women’s soccer team concluded its season on Wednesday afternoon following a road match at Bluffton University.

The Beavers, who were also playing in their season finale, topped the Black & Gold by a final score of 1-0.

A handball in the box by the Spartans resulted in a penalty kick for Bluffton in the 16th minute. Bluffton’s Nina McGinn stepped up to the spot and converted the PK giving the Beavers a 1-0 advantage. McGinn’s goal was her third of the season. The Bluffton defense would hold for the remainder of Wednesday’s match as the Spartans were unable to equalize.

On the day, Bluffton held a narrow 15-14 advantage in shots taken. The Spartans led BU 12-10 on shots placed on goal.

Nine different Spartans placed a shot on goal in Wednesday’s contest. Morgan Mauk (Toledo, Ohio/E.L. Bowsher) led the Manchester offense with 3 shots on goal, while Peyton Horn (Crown Point, Ind./Andrean) added 2 shots on goal.

Becca Colbert (Porter, Ind./Chesterton) made 9 saves in goal. Bluffton goalie Brielle Collier made 12 stops in goal en route to the clean sheet.

RHIT Men’s Soccer – RHIT 1, Anderson 0

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. — Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology completed its third perfect Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference men’s soccer regular season in program history with a 1-0 win over Anderson University on Wednesday night.

The Fightin’ Engineers finished a perfect 9-0 in the HCAC regular season, matching the 2009 and 2016 teams with perfect conference records.  Rose-Hulman will host the HCAC Tournament Semifinal round on Wednesday Nov. 3.  If the Engineers advance in the semifinal round, the HCAC championship match will take place at Rose-Hulman on Saturday Nov. 6.

AJ Yilmaz provided the lone goal to give Rose-Hulman its margin of victory on Wednesday.  Takezo Kelly provided the assist, and Evan Hofer led the defensive effort with a shutout in goal.

Rose-Hulman outshot Anderson 22-5 in the match, led by Yilmaz and Caleb Urban with four shots each.

Rose-Hulman completed the perfect 9-0 HCAC season by outscoring the opposition 19-3.  The Fightin’ Engineers stand 12-4-1 overall entering next week’s postseason tournament.

RHIT Volleyball Falls to HCAC Co-Leader Earlham

RICHMOND, Ind. — Earlham College maintained a share of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference volleyball lead with a 25-20, 25-20, 25-18 victory over Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology on Wednesday night.

Allie Fults led the Rose-Hulman offense with seven kills.  Jillian Gregg recorded 23 assists and Kylie Rathbun had 15 digs for the Engineers.

Fults and Elizabeth Canon led the serving performance with two aces each.

Earlham improved to 7-1 in HCAC play, while Rose-Hulman stands 11-15 overall and 2-6 in league games.  The Fightin’ Engineers will honor Emily Wilcox on Senior Day when Hanover College comes to Hulbert Arena on Saturday at 5 pm.

RHIT Women’s Soccer – Rose-Hulman 3, Anderson 2

ANDERSON, Ind. — Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology has captured the No. 3 seed for the upcoming Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Women’s Soccer Tournament after earning a 3-2 road victory at Anderson University on Wednesday afternoon.

With the victory, Rose-Hulman improved to 11-2-2 on the season and 7-1-1 in HCAC play.  Anderson earned the No. 4 seed after completing the regular season at 7-7-1 and 6-2-1 in league contests.

Sarah Shoemaker scored the game winner in the 71st minute to snap a 2-2 tie and lift the Engineers to the victory.

Rose-Hulman opened the scoring in the 13th minute on a score by Christina Rogers, courtesy of a pass from Elle Vuotto.

Lauren Brown tied the score at 1-1, but Rose-Hulman took a 2-1 halftime lead with a score in the 44th minute by Megan Foder.  Jayden Gibson provided the assist.

Anderson again knotted the score at 2-2 on a goal by Lillie Casey, setting the stage for the Shoemaker game winner.

Rose-Hulman outshot Anderson 18-6 in the game, with Natalie Dillon picking up the victory at goalkeeper.  Rogers led the Engineer offense with five shots.

Rose-Hulman will host a first round HCAC Women’s Soccer Tournament Game on Saturday at 2 pm at the Engineer Soccer Field.

FRANKLIN WSOCCER: RECAP | Grizzlies Drop Regular Season Finale to Transylvania

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Franklin College women’s soccer team closed out their regular season on Wednesday (Oct. 27) night with a road match against the Transylvania Pioneers.

The Grizzlies (5-11, 4-5 HCAC) saw their winning streak come to an end as the Pioneers (9-5-2, 4-3-1 HCAC) took a 3-0 decision. The Pioneers opened the scoring in the 20th minute on a penalty kick goal and added insurance markers in the 64th and 81st minutes, respectively.

Riley Rice stopped six shots in goal over 68:13 of action before giving way to freshman Makenna Mundy. Mundy made four saves over the final 21-plus minutes of action.

Franklin will turn their attention to this weekend’s quarterfinal match in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) tournament. As the tournament’s six-seed, Franklin will travel to Rose-Hulman on Saturday (Oct. 30) to take on the third-seeded Engineers.

FRANKLIN VOLLEYBALL: RECAP | Volleyball Bested by Hanover on Wednesday Night

HANOVER, Ind. – The Franklin College volleyball team opened the final week of regular season play on Wednesday (Oct. 27) night, hitting the road for a matchup with conference rival Hanover.

The Grizzlies (10-15, 2-6 HCAC) were unable to snap their recent slide, falling to the Panthers (15-9, 6-2 HCAC) in straight sets, 25-17, 25-17, 25-10.

Franklin got a team-high 11 kills from Miranda Wilson to lead an offense that struggled to get going all night, recording an attacking percentage of .067. Billie Jarrett had 20 assists on the night while Alyssa Zemlyak (six kills) and Chloe Holder (five kills) finished second and third on the team in kills overall.

Holder led all net-front defenders with three blocks while Allison Thompson dug up a team-high 12 balls on the back line.

Franklin wraps up the regular season on Saturday (Oct. 30) afternoon with a road matchup against the Defiance Yellow Jackets. First serve from Ohio is set for 4:00 p.m.

FRANKLIN MSOCCER: RECAP | Grizzlies Secure Four-Seed in HCAC Tournament, Shut Out Pioneers for Fourth Straight Win

FRANKLIN, Ind. – The Franklin College men’s soccer team had the chance to lock up a post-season home game on Wednesday (Oct. 27) night when they hosted the Transylvania Pioneers in the final match of the regular season.

For the first time in program history, there will be playoff soccer at Faught Stadium after the Grizzlies (7-8-1, 5-3-1 HCAC) turned in a gritty performance to shut out the Pioneers (5-8-2, 3-5-1 HCAC) 2-0. The Grizzlies got two second half goals from freshman Van Lian, earning the program’s second ever win over the Pioneers and knocking Transy out of post-season contention.

How it Happened
Both teams wasted no time getting at each other and the result was a physical opening half. Shot attempts were 8-2 in the Pioneers’ favor through 45 minutes, but the two teams headed into halftime locked in a scoreless draw.

The game remained scoreless until the 74th minute, when a pair of pin-point passes led to the game-winner. Jair Moreno found Jon Moore on the wing and Moore lofted a ball into the box where Lian bounced a header off the ground and into the cage for the ice-breaker.

Less than five minutes later, Lian took advantage of a misplayed ball by Transy goalkeeper Cade Terry and sent a shot off the crossbar into the net for his first career multi-goal game.

Inside the Box Score
-Wednesday night’s win marked the fourth in a row for the Grizzlies, setting the longest winning streak for the program under head coach Cody Graman.
-Shots for the night were 16-5 in Transy’s favor and 5-2 in shots on target. Elliott Clark was perfect in goal, stopping all five attempts for his third solo clean sheet of the year.
-Lian has three goals over his last two games, scoring the game-winner in each of the last two contests to lead the team in that category.
-Moore’s assist was the first of his career, giving his a team-high 21 points through the end of the regular season. Moore remains tied for the program lead for most goals in a single season with 10.
-Moreno now has assists in back-to-back games, giving him points in consecutive contests for the first time in his career.
-Wednesday night’s win gives the Grizzlies five HCAC wins for the first time since their last post-season appearance back in 2014. 

Up Next
Franklin will host Defiance in the opening round of the conference tournament on Saturday (Oct. 30) afternoon. Kick-off time will be announced in the coming days.

HANOVER MSOCCER: Hughes nets a hat trick to lead HC past MSJ

CINCINNATI, Ohio – Senior Josh Hughes (Lafayette, La.) carded a hat trick to propel HC past Mount St. Joseph on Wednesday evening in Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference action, 5-0. With the win, the Panthers wrap-up the regular season at 12-4-1 overall, 8-1-0 HCAC and claim the no. 2 seed as part of the HCAC Tournament.
 
Hanover scored early and often in the contest as Hughes provided the first three blows including his first strike off an assist by junior Keegan Marx (Evansville, Ind.) in the 4th minute, 1-0.
 
The next strike came moments later as Hughes netted a goal inside the 18-yard box off a MSJ miscue that extended the Panther lead. His final blow came just seconds into the second half as he gave HC the 3-0 advantage.
 
Sophomore Joel Yann (Louisville, Ky.) added a goal in the 82nd minute before sophomore Mason Brown (Louisville, Ky.) connected on a PK to secure the convincing 5-0 victory.
 
Hanover returns to action at the Soccer Complex on Wednesday, Nov. 3 as they host the semifinal match-up of the HCAC Tournament.

HANOVER WSOCCER: Women’s Soccer falls in battle of HCAC best

HANOVER, Ind. – In a battle of Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference best the Panthers fell in a heartbreaker to the Lions of Mount St. Joseph, 1-0.
 
Hanover concludes the regular season at 12-1-3 overall, 7-1-1 HCAC and will claim the no. 2 seed as part of the HCAC Tournament.
 
In a very competitive battle, Mt. St. Joseph was able to provide the one and only dagger with just 15 minutes remaining in the opening frame as a cross into the 18-yard box eluded the Panther defense for the 1-0 advantage.
 
Hanover tallied 12 first half shots including a late attempt from sophomore Bri Matis (Liberty Twp., Ohio) which she placed on frame but was saved by the Lion keeper. 
 
The Panthers hunted for the equalizer early in the second half as senior Maggie Day (Sellersburg, Ind.) fired a strike from just outside the 18-yard box that missed right of frame.
 
They continued on the attack as Day got another close-range attempt in the 74th minute that missed wide.
 
The Panthers final attempt came with just seconds on the clock as Matis got one final shot that was saved by the MSJ defense.
 
Hanover returns to action at the Soccer Complex on Wednesday, Nov. 3 for the semifinal round of the HCAC Tournament.

HANOVER VOLLEYBALL: Hanover claims Victory Ball with straight set win over Franklin

HANOVER, Ind. – The Hanover volleyball team captured the battle for the Victory Ball on Wednesday evening as they defeated Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference foe Franklin in straight sets, 3-0 (25-17, 25-17, 25-10).
 
With the win, Hanover moves to 15-9 overall, 6-2 HCAC.
 
The opening set saw Hanover land 16 total kills for a game-high .238 hitting percentage. Pacing HC in the set was senior Maddie Edwards (Jasper, Ind.) who charted a series of kills to push Hanover out front 5-2. The Panthers continued on the attack as junior Adrianne Vance (Indianapolis, Ind.) connected for a kill that extended the Panther lead to double digits. Junior Emma Harmon (Carmel, Ind.) provided the final dagger from behind the service line to secure the 25-17 set one win.
 
Set two saw domination from sophomore Casey Dunn (Fort Thomas, Ky.) who led a six run rally from behind the service line to help the Panthers run away to a 21-10 advantage. Franklin looked to erase the deficit pulling within 24-17 when Harmon connected for another Panther kill. HC added a match best 17 kills in the set.
 
The final set of the evening saw a balanced attack by the Blue and Red as a pair of service aces by freshman Maggie Schweitzer (Shelbyville, Ind.) and back-to-back kills from freshman Brookelyn Herrell (Greenfield, Ind.) propelled Hanover to the straight set 25-10 victory.
 
The Panthers wrap-up the regular season on Saturday with a trip to Rose-Hulman. First serve is set for 5:00 PM.

TAYLOR ATHLETICS | Taylor Suffers Dramatic Loss to Marian Inside Turner

UPLAND, Ind. – In a hard-fought and highly competitive match, the Taylor University men’s soccer team lost to Marian (9-6-2, 5-3 CL) by a score of 3-2 in double-overtime, with senior, Quinn Partain, scoring each of the Trojan goals.

Taylor dominated play throughout much of the first half, taking twice as many shots as Marian and knocking in two goals.

Partain first scratched the scorebook at the 10-minute mark, benefiting from Jhon Alzate’s fourth assist of the season. While Partain fulfilled and Alzate mediated, the sequence was started by Brian Matipa, who first intercepted a pass in the Knight backfield.

Marian responded with a fourfold flurry of shots, yet to no avail as Trojan goalie, Sam Spiegel, kept the net clean.

Partain, then, itched the scratch of the scorebook for a second time, this time scoring off of a foul kick from 33 yards out on the right side of the field. The senior’s strike flew millimeters beyond the head of a diving Luke Holwarda, who froze the Knight goalie, creating space for the ball to sneak into the net’s left pocket.

By the end of the first half alone, the Wheaton, Illinois, native earned his first-career multi-goal match, now leading the Trojans with five goals on the season.

Taylor maintained a 2-0 lead heading into the half, but Marian would soon strike back as the Knights bookended the second half with two goals of their own.

With 10 minutes in and just under 10 minutes remaining, Marian found the back of the net and drew even with Taylor, pushing the match into overtime. Scattered in between, however, were numerous saves by Spiegel, two of which were simply phenomenal and one of which spoiled a Knight penalty kick.

Nonetheless, the score was tied at two after 90 minutes of play and would remain that way throughout the first overtime period.

The match nearly ended in a draw, but Marian managed to break the tie with one minute to play, closing the match in a matter of seconds.

Despite allowing three goals, Spiegel put forth a remarkable effort in goal, securing a career-high 15 saves, several of which are sure to make the season’s highlight reel.

Taylor (8-6-1, 3-4-1 CL) will return to action on Saturday, October 30th, for the regular-season finale at home against Saint Francis (4-9-4, 0-6-2, CL) at 7:00 pm.

TAYLOR ATHLETICS | Trojans Battle No. 6 Marian But Fall in Overtime

INDIANAPOLIS – The Taylor University women’s soccer team battled No. 6 Marian (14-2-1, 6-1-1 CL) for more than 90 minutes, before allowing the match’s only goal and falling to the Knights 1-0 in overtime.

Marian started the match with speed, arranging two corner kicks and taking two shots in the opening five minutes. Taylor soon responded with a shot of its own, taken by Linli Tu but saved by the opponent’s goalie.

From that point on, however, Marian controlled the flow of the game, taking an additional nine shots in the opening half while snuffing out any sense of Trojan response.

Play moved into the half tied at zero, with Marian outshooting the Trojans 11-to-one.

In the second half, the Trojans continued to hold off the highly-ranked Knights, maintaining a clean net in response to Marian’s four shots on-goal.

The Trojan offense picked up in the second period, though, firing six shots, three of which landed on frame and one of which struck the cross bar via Tu’s firm foot. Senior, Erin Teevans, contributed two shots on-goal, yet the match remained tied at zero after 90 minutes of play.

Hannah Brackenbury secured seven saves throughout the match, before surrendering the only goal of the night roughly three minutes into overtime.

Taylor (10-6, 2-6 CL) will look to bounce back and finish the regular season on a high note, as the Trojans travel to Fort Wayne to take on St. Francis (2-12-1, 0-8 CL) on Saturday, October 30th, at 7:00 pm.

TAYLOR ATHLETICS | Trojans Get Back on Track with Sweep of RV Cougars

UPLAND, Ind. – Taylor ended its only losing streak of the season, sweeping past a visiting RV Mount Vernon Nazarene squad to snap a brief two-match slide while improving to 11-1 inside Odle Arena this season.

The win was TU’s eighth-straight on its home court, completed a season sweep of MVNU (26-7, 11-6 CL) and gave No. 25 Taylor a fourth victory over a foe ranked or receiving votes in the national poll.

The Trojans had little trouble with their guests on Wednesday, picking up 16 more kills and 18 more digs than MVNU while maintaining a lead throughout much of the 25-21, 25-18, 25-16 outcome.

Stephaney Fifield put on a defensive show, piling up 26 digs for her 19th match with at least 20 digs this season. Fifield was joined in double figures by Nikki Parrett, who tallied 14 digs, as the duo accounted for 40-of-65 digs for the Purple and Gold.

On the offensive side, Amanda Adams and Ryan Czerniak took care of business with a combined 28 kills. The pair combined to hit .382, with Adams ending with 15 kills and Czerniak adding 13.

Kacy Bragg and Grace Isaacs also played well, with Bragg posting 41 assists and Isaacs registering nine terminations and three blocks.

No. 25 Taylor (25-6, 13-4 CL) will close its regular season on Saturday at 5:00 pm when it hosts Saint Francis (6-22, 4-13 CL). TU will honor its seniors prior to the start of the contest inside Odle Arena.

TAYLOR ATHLETICS | Volleyball Remains in NAIA Top-25 Poll

KANSAS CITY – The NAIA released its new Top-25 Volleyball Poll on Wednesday morning, with Taylor slipping seven spots to No. 25 in the new rankings.

The Trojans collected 122 points in the latest poll, down 118 points from the previous national ratings on October 13. TU went 2-2 between the two polls, scoring sweeps of RV Bethel and Goshen, before suffering a five-set loss at Spring Arbor and a three-set defeat to then-No. 22 Indiana Wesleyan.

Taylor enters the final week of its regular season with an overall record of 24-6 and a 12-4 clip within the Crossroads League. The Trojans have won three matches against teams ranked or receiving votes in the NAIA Top-25 at the time, boast a 10-1 record inside Odle Arena and have won seven-straight home matches.

No. 25 TU will look to add to each of those marks on Wednesday evening, when it welcomes RV Mount Vernon Nazarene (26-6, 11-5 CL) into Odle for a 7:00 pm start.

NO. 9 IWU WOMEN’S SOCCER TOPS GRACE IN TOP-15 BATTLE

WINONA LAKE , Ind. – No. 9 Indiana Wesleyan women’s soccer picked up a clutch road win Wednesday, downing League foe No. 15 Grace College. It’s the Wildcat’s first win in Winona Lake since 2016 when IWU topped the Lancers 2-0 in the Crossroads League Tournament Semifinals. 

Mallory Krueger netted the game-winning goal from 25 yards out off a free-kick. It’s her second game-winning goal of the season and seventh goal, good for third-most on the squad.


INSIDE THE BOX

  • IWU landed one more shot on frame, edging GC 5-4. 
  • IWU has mustered five or fewer shots on goal in four contests this season, winning two games and losing two games.
  • The red & grey fired off five corners, four more than the Lancers. IWU has held three opponents this season to one or fewer corner kick attempts. 
  • Indiana Wesleyan committed a season-high 15 fouls. 


SEIFFERT PERSPECTIVE

  • Tonight was definitely a battle but I’m proud of how our team came out today and competed. Getting three points on the road in this league is always a positive thing. We have another top-notch opponent coming up this weekend so we will rest up tonight and look forward to getting back on the training grounds tomorrow.


NEXT TIME OUT

  • IWU stays on the road, heading to Indianapolis for a date with No. 6 Marian.

INDIANA WESLEYAN MSOCCER: WILDCATS FALL AT THE FEET OF THE LANCERS 4-1

MARION, Ind. – Indiana Wesleyan men’s soccer dropped a 4-1 decision to Grace College this evening. Both teams have been very competitive with the Lancers over the past several years with IWU leading the matchup 12-8-4.
 
MATCH INSIGHTS
Lost 4-1

  • Lancers found the back of the net quick into the game at the 4-minute mark.
  • Wildcats responded with a goal by Philipp Basara assisted by Giuseppe Santacroce as Basara finished in upper left corner of the goal just four minutes later.
  • Lancers responded with back-to-back goals at 21-minute mark and 23-minute mark.
  • The second half consisted of one more goal by the Lancers.
  • IWU outshot Grace 12 (4)-10 (7). IWU posted 10 corner kicks to Grace’s one.

REEB PERSPECTIVE

  • “I think the score line is a poor indicator of the game. But we made numerous mistakes in the back that costed us and they made us pay tonight. Trying now to refocus, honor our seniors, and set ourselves up for success in the tournament.”

NEXT TIME OUT

  • Wildcats will host Marian University on Saturday, October 6 at 6pm for Senior Day.

IU KOKOMO VOLLEYBALL: Streak Reaches 10 With Sweep Over Bearcats

OWENSBORO, Ky. – The Indiana University Kokomo volleyball win streak reached 10 last night as the Cougars took care of the Brescia Bearcats, 3-0 at The Moore Center. The Cougars move to 21-8 overall and 13-1 in River States Conference action with just four matches left this season. 

Erinn Adam led all players with 10 kills on 19 attempts with one error, hitting .474 in the win. Kendal Williams led the way with 15 assists while Kaley Lyons added 13. Alyvia Smith and Alexa Roberts each had nine digs. 

In the opening set, the Cougars scored points in bunches with one of their biggest runs being a 5-0 run that turned a match tied at four into a five point lead for IUK. With a six point advantage at 17-11, IU Kokomo ended the first set on an 8-2 run to take the 1-0 match lead. 

A 5-0 and a 6-0 run was the difference in the middle set as the Cougars cruised to a 25-12 victory. The 5-0 run came as the match was tied at seven. Three of the points came off of Bearcat mishaps and the other two were kills from Sidney Gerig to cap off the run. In the 6-0 run, four of the points came from Brescia errors and the other two came via kills from Adam. Audrey Strawsma ended the set with a kill to put IUK up 2-0. 

Trailing 3-2 early, the Cougars used a 7-0 run to gain the lead back from the Bearcats. This time, Brescia answered with an 8-0 run of its own to regain the lead and force IU Kokomo head coach Heather Hayes to use the first of her two timeouts. The Bearcats kept the set close but with the Cougars leading by one at 21-20, IUK rattled off four straight points, the final three coming off Brescia mistakes. The Cougars held on for their 15th sweep of the season and secured their 10th straight victory. 

The Cougars will return to action this Friday as they host IU Southeast at 7 p.m. On Saturday IU Kokomo will host Midway as they look for revenge, as the Eagles gave the Cougars their only conference blemish of the season back on September 17.

INDIANA NORTHWEST MSOCCER: MOISES TIRADO SCORES GOAL; MEN’S SOCCER LOSES MATCH AGAINST ROOSEVELT WEDNESDAY

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. — The Indiana University Northwest men’s soccer team was unable to come away with the victory despite the goal by sophomore Moises Tirado as the RedHawks lost to host Roosevelt Wednesday.

TEAM RECORDS
Roosevelt 9-5-1 (9-4-0 CCAC) | IU Northwest 1-13-1 (0-12-0 CCAC)

HALF BREAKDOWN
FIRST HALF: Roosevelt 4, IU Northwest 1

  • Roosevelt quickly made it 1-0 in the third minute of the match after Anthony Aldape knocked it through.
  • Sebastian Padilla doubled the lead in the seventh minute to make it 2-0.
  • The Lakers wasted no time and made it 3-0 in the eighth minute after Sebastian Rodriguez found the back of the net.
  • Aldape was able to record his second goal of the half this time a header in the 12th minute which made it 4-0.
  • Vitaliy Prots tried to get the RedHawks on the scoreboard in the 26th minute but his shot was saved,
  • Moises Tirado scored his first goal of the season in the 29th minute to make it 4-1 Roosevelt.
  • Trevor Witte looked to cut the deficit in half in the 33rd minute but his shot went high.
  • Fernando Ramos recorded six saves in the opening 45 minutes.

SECOND HALF: Roosevelt 3, IU Northwest 0

  • Roosevelt made it 5-1 in the 77th minute from the goal by Andy Lomeli.
  • Lukas Palma expanded the lead to 6-1 during the 80th after striking through a goal.
  • Gerardo Nicolas scored the last goal of the contest in the 87th minute which made it 7-1.
  • Ramos picked up seven more saves in the second half.

FINAL SCORE: Roosevelt 7, IU Northwest 1

UP NEXT

  • IU Northwest will be back in action Saturday, October 30 as the RedHawks host their regular-season finale against Trinity Christian College starting at 2 p.m. CT.

IU SOUTHBEND MBASKETBALL: #25 Titans open season with win over IU East

RICHMOND, Ind. – A balanced attack saw seven players finish in double figures on Wednesday night, as No. 25 IU South Bend opened the 2021-22 campaign with a strong road win at IU East, 91-64.

IU South Bend jumped out to an 8-3 lead behind six quick points from Sergio Diaz by the 17:41 mark. The Red Wolves (0-1) bounced back with a pair of threes to even the score at 12-12 just four minutes later, and briefly moved in front with eight unanswered points in a 1:02 stretch. The Titans (1-0) reclaimed the lead on Donyell Meredith’s layup midway through the first half as part of an 11-1 run, and would remain in front the rest of the way.

A run of 11 straight points, capped by Sam Snodgrass’ three-pointer at the 6:15 mark gave the Titans a double-digit advantage, and the visitors would go into the locker room leading 42-26.

In the second half the Red Wolves would briefly cut the lead to 11 after three quick three-pointers, 57-46 with 13:06 to play, but that would be as close as they would get. IU South Bend out-scored their opponents 34-18 the rest of the way to secure the win.

The Titans continue their three-game season-opening road swing on Saturday, when they take on Lawrence Tech (Mich.). Tipoff from Southfield is set for 4:00 p.m.

IU SOUTH BEND WBASKETBALL: Gard’s 31 leads Titans past Gray Wolves

SOUTH BEND, Ind. – Behind 31 points from junior Maddie Gard, IU South Bend recorded their second dominant victory in as many games to start the season Wednesday night, defeating Lourdes (Ohio) 94-70 inside the Student Activities Center.

Gard finished just two points shy of her career high, shooting 12-for-18 from the floor in the win. Rachel Robards collected 14 points, Maddy Schumacher tallied 11, and Emma Fisher led the Titans (2-0) with six rebounds and five assists on the night.

The Titans led from start to finish, starting with an early 7-1 lead midway through the first quarter following a pair of buckets from Gard. With a 10-1 run later in the period, IUSB quickly built a double-digit lead, 20-9 after Katie Gard’s jumper with 55 seconds in the first.

Maddie Gard scored half her team’s points in the second, posting 12 in the Titans’ 24-point quarter. A three-pointer at the 4:04 mark brought Lourdes (0-2) to within six points, 31-25, but the home team would out-score the Gray Wolves 13-4 at the close of the first half to stretch the advantage back to 44-29 at the break.

IU South Bend pulled away in the second half, going up by as much as 29 points late in the third quarter, after a third layup from Amaya Rufus within a two-minute span. Lourdes would close out the game on an 11-2 run over the final four minutes of play, but were unable to get back in the game.

After a pair of home victories over the last four days, the Titans will start a three-game road swing on Saturday, October 30, when they face Concordia (Mich.). Tipoff from Ann Arbor is set for 5:00 p.m.

PURDUE NORTHWEST MBASKETBALL: Men’s Basketball announces 2021-22 roster additions

HAMMOND, Ind. – The Purdue University Northwest men’s basketball program is excited to announce its newcomers for the upcoming 2021-22 season.

Fourth-year head coach Boomer Roberts added three transfers and three freshmen into the fold, including Kai Steinman (Champaign, Ill., Southern Miss.)Jonte Coleman (Champaign, Ill., UT Martin)Rafael Cruz (Chicago, Ill., Western Michigan)Sangolay Njie (Chicago, Ill., Victory Rock Prep)Parion Roberson (Gary, Ind., West Side), and Jackson Richards (Kokomo, Ind., Kokomo).

“We feel great about the 2021 recruiting class,” Roberts said. “We were able to add guys who live out our values of love, joy and toughness. All six individuals raise our skill level and give us more depth. With our ten returning guys hungry to build off a good year, the competition at each position in our program this fall will be the highest we’ve had in a long time.”

Kai Steinman – Freshman – 6’2 Guard – Champaign, IL – Ben Davis HS/Southern Miss
“We recruited Kai out of high school, and were really impressed his ability to score it and pass it from either guard spot. He was a very good player for Ben Davis, one of the top high schools in Indiana. Kai has grown a lot over this past year, maturing on and off the floor. We believe Kai will thrive at PNW because of his work ethic, his love for hoops, and his strong desire to be a part of our basketball family.”

Jonte Coleman – Junior – 6’4 Guard – Champaign, IL – Kankakee JC/Tennessee Martin
“I’ve known Jonte since he was in high school, and we developed a great relationship as we’ve watched him get better and better. He’s a great fit for how we play on both ends, and is serious about growing as a person and as a player. Jonte has a chance to be one of the best shooters I’ve ever coached, and his constant movement off the ball will give space to our other playmakers.”

Rafael Cruz – Senior – 6’3 Guard – Chicago, IL – Triton JC/Western Michigan
“As a graduate transfer, Ralph is going to help our program take another step while pursuing his Master’s degree at PNW. We’re excited about his competitiveness and his ability to help bring the best out of his teammates. Ralph is a playmaker who can play anywhere on the perimeter, and his fearlessness and feel for the game will give us another guy we trust on or off the ball.”
 
Sangolay Njie – Freshman – 6’6 Forward – Chicago, IL – Whitney Young HS/Victory Rock Prep
“We’re really excited to coach Sangolay, because there aren’t many guys with his motor, edge, and athleticism. As we got to know him, it was clear that Purdue Northwest was a great fit. He is a high-character dude from a great family. On the court, Sangolay’s desire to keep improving his skillset and his versatility on both ends will allow him to compete for playing time immediately.”

Parion Roberson – Freshman – 6’4 Guard – Gary, IN – West Side HS
“Parion played a vital role in helping a really good Gary Westside squad to a 4A semistate appearance in 2021. He is a unique player because of his combination of skill and size at the guard spot. Parion shoots it well from deep, and he’s a great passer who makes the right read consistently. A strong student and a really impressive young man, Parion will make a big impact on PNW over the next several years.”

Jackson Richards – Freshman – 6’3 Guard – Kokomo, IN – Kokomo HS
“Jackson joins us after an impressive season at Kokomo, where he filled the stat sheet as a senior. We love his toughness and his competitive desire, which will be great fits in our PNW Basketball family. Jackson brings good size and length to our perimeter, and he’s going to keep improving because he loves the gym. Another good student, Jackson will be a great representative of what we’re about for the next four years.”

TRINE VOLLEYBALL: Final Road Match of the Regular Season Goes Trine’s Way

NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The Trine University women’s volleyball team was able to secure a home match in the 2021 Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) Tournament on Wednesday with a victory at Saint Mary’s College, 3-1.

The win puts Trine at 16-14 on the season, and 5-2 in MIAA action. Saint Mary’s falls to 7-13 and 2-5.

10 errors doomed Trine in the first set, as Saint Mary’s ended the opening stanza with a seven-point scoring run that two timeouts could not halt. The Belles were able to connect for 13 kills to take the opener 25-20.

The tide would turn in the second set however as the Thunder were finally able to build some momentum. Hannah Sands [Jonesville, Mich. / Jonesville], Anna Loughrey [West Bloomfield, Mich. / Walled Lake Central], Jocelynn Nicholls [Montgomery, Mich. / Camden-Frontier] and Olivia Jolliffe [Warren, Mich. / Cousino] all had kills in the early goings to give Trine a slight 7-5 lead.

Chloe Behm [Albion, Ind. / Central Noble] notched a kill that started a 5-1 scoring run to spark a 10-4 run to end the set. Samantha Carlin [Celina, Ohio / Celina] had a pair of aces en route to the 25-18 set two win. The Thunder tallied 16 total kills in the second, a huge bounce back performance to keep Trine in it.

Loughrey was key for Trine in a 25-19 victory in set three. She swung for four kills, including three in the midst of a 7-2 scoring spurt mid-set. Of note, Carlin was able to reach 500 career digs in just her freshman season during the third set.

The Thunder put the match to bed via a 25-20 win in the fourth set. Jolliffe had four kills to allow Trine to jump out to a 10-7 edge. A pair of service aces from the sophomore capped a 9-2 run to go up 15-9. The Thunder finished the fourth set with a 25-22 score.

Jolliffe, Sands and Loughrey led the way offensively with 14, 13 and 13 kills, with Baughman assisting on 46 total points. Sands had the team’s highest hitting percentage at .429. Carlin led the way with 20 digs.

Senior day is next on the schedule for the Thunder on Saturday, October 30 at 1 pm against Albion College.

TRINE MEN’S SOCCER: Trine Takes Regular Season Finale 3-1 over Alma

ALMA, Mich. – The Trine University men’s soccer team defeated Alma College on Wednesday night, 3-1. The win gives the team plenty of momentum heading into the postseason having won their last three regular season matches.

The Thunder finish 9-7-1 overall and 4-2-1 in Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) play, making them the number four seed in the upcoming conference tournament. With the loss, the Scots fall out of postseason contention at 3-13 and 1-6.

The team’s leading goal scorer Tyler Murphy [Greenfield, Ind. / Greenfield Central] was on it once again in the closing match of the regular season. He scored his 14th and 15th goals of the season in the first half of play with two long-range missiles.

The first came in the 24th minute after attempts by Connor Malmquist [Valparaiso, Ind. / Morgan Township], Francesco Mazzei [Dearborn, Mich. / Dearborn] and Koen Droese [Pickerington, Ohio / Pickerington Central] were all on goal, but saved.

Murphy was able to extend the lead to 2-0 with a repeat performance in the 35th minute. The Thunder were able to put all seven first half shots on goal and outshot Alma 7-1.

The Scots were pushing more in the second half to try to keep their postseason hopes alive, but to no avail. Alhusain Yahya [Melvindale, Mich. / Melvindale] was able to score in the 78th minute to make it 3-0, but Alma countered with a goal just 15 seconds later to get to the 3-1 final.

Troy Saylor [Caledonia, Mich. / Caledonia] received the win in net with three saves.

Up next for the Thunder is their home playoff matchup against the Albion College Britons. That match will take place on Saturday, October 30 at 7 pm on Shive Field.

ST. FRANCIS MBASKETBALL: No. 2 Cougars Open the 2021-22 Season with Dominating Victory Over Wolverines

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – On Wednesday evening, the No. 2 University of Saint Francis Cougars (1-0) started their 2021-22 campaign in Hutzell Athletic Center when they played host to the University of Michigan-Dearborn Wolverines (0-1), and behind junior guards Antwaan Cushingberry and Dan McKeeman dominated in a 117-58 win.

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As the game got underway, the Cougars picked up right where they left off last year when they made the NAIA Final Four for the second time in four years.

Junior guards Antwaan Cushingberry and Dan McKeeman led the way in the first half. McKeeman was on target with five made three-point attempts to lead the team with 15 points. Cushingberry, fresh off of earning NAIA All-American honors, followed suit with 14 points in the frame.

The Cougars jumped out to a 13-5 lead in the game’s first four minutes and stayed resilient throughout. The Wolverines would close to within four points and that was the closest they got as Saint Francis began to build a lead.

After 20 minutes, the Cougars had a 49-28 lead going into halftime.

Heading into the second half, the script remained the same.

Saint Francis continued applying the pressure on defense, while doubling the score at 60-30 less than five minutes into the frame.

In addition, their defense stepped up. Throughout the game the Cougars forced 18 turnovers and got seven steals and outscored the Wolverines 68-30 in the frame paving the way to an opening night victory.

Throughout the game, the Cougars shot 59 percent from the floor, 48 percent from beyond the three-point line, and 87 percent from the free throw line. Along with 30 points, Cushingberry along with junior guard Jalan Mull each had eight assists to lead the team, and sophomore forward David Ejah had five rebounds, a block, steal, and 11 points himself.

The Cougars resume play on Friday afternoon when they travel to Goshen, Indiana to compete in the Goshen College Comfort Inn Halloween Classic and take on the Graceland University Jackets beginning at 8:00 pm.

ST. FRANCIS MSOCCER: Cougars Fight Huntington Foresters to Second Straight Scoreless Tie

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The University of Saint Francis Cougars (4-9-4; 0-6-2 Crossroads) played host to the Huntington University Foresters (8-6-3; 3-2-3 Crossroads) Wednesday evening at Bishop D’Arcy Stadium, and battled each other out to a scoreless tie for the second straight game. 

As the game got underway, the Foresters started on offense and forced sophomore goalkeeper Aidan Hosler to make his first save after just one minute of play. The Cougars then had themselves a couple shots with one on goal, but Huntington stayed tough and kept them off the scoreboard.

As the first half progressed, Hosler became the player to watch as he made four saves to keep the game scoreless at halftime.

Going into the second half, the Cougars started on offense but a shot by Elmar Martinez went wide, giving the ball back to the Foresters. In the 60th minute, back-to-back shots by Huntington went high and were saved by Hosler.

Just four minutes later, the Cougars had their shot. Simon Helmer took a shot but it hit the post, and a corner kick that followed went to no avail.

A couple shots in the 90th minute by the Foresters both went wide, and the game went to overtime a scoreless tie.

After an uneventful first overtime, Hosler stepped in to make one more clutch save in the 104th minute of play as he kept his team in the game to earn the tie. 

“Our commitment to finish the season strong has been tremendous from the team,” Head Coach Jake Essig said. “We’ve gotten our spirit and compete level back and we are confident our best days are ahead of us.”

Throughout the game the Cougars had eight shots with one on net, while Hosler stepped up to make six saves on as many shots on goal by Huntington. 

The Cougars resume play on Saturday when they travel to Upland, Indiana to face the Taylor University Trojans (8-6-1; 3-4-1 Crossroads) in the season finale beginning at 7:00 pm. 

ST. FRANCIS WSOCCER: Cougars Score Early but Fall in the End to Huntington Foresters

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The University of Saint Francis Cougars (2-12-1; 0-8 Crossroads) traveled to Huntington, Indiana Wednesday afternoon for a road conference match against the Huntington University Foresters (5-8-3; 1-6-1 Crossroads) and lost 3-1 after an early goal.

As the game started, the Cougars got the first scoring opportunity in the fifth minute as Carlee Biddle got the ball across to Aubrey Vince who knocked in the first goal of the game to give Saint Francis the lead.

But less than five minutes later, the Foresters tied the score in the 10th minute as the ball went just out of the reach of senior goalkeeper Melanie Xouris.

The next 20 minutes went back and forth with neither team able to gain an edge.

However, in the 32nd minute, a scoring opportunity for the Cougars fell short and gave the ball back to the Foresters, who proceeded to move the ball down the field and found the net to give themselves their first lead of the game.

The rest of the first half saw a couple shots by both teams go wide, and the game went to halftime with Saint Francis on the short end of a 2-1 game.

Heading into the second half, the Foresters began to take control on offense as they produced another scoring chance in the frame’s first 10 minutes.

Then after a save from Xouris, and another couple missed shots, the Foresters’ persistence finally paid off as they netted their third goal in the 54th minute.

As the rest of the game progressed, the Cougars continued to battle and claw but the Foresters proved too much as the game ended with the Cougars on the short end of a 3-1 score.

Throughout the game, the Cougars had 17 shots with 11 on goal while Xouris stepped in to make seven saves on 14 shots on goal.

The Cougars resume play on Saturday evening when they return home to Bishop D’Arcy Stadium to play host to the Taylor University Trojans (10-6; 2-6 Crossroads) in the season finale beginning at 7:00 pm.

TODAY IN BASEBALL HISTORY

1948       On Lou Boudreau Day, held in his honor by the citizens of his hometown, Harvey (IL), the Indians’ skipper tells an audience his Indians were lucky to win the recent World Series. The Cleveland player-manager cites his infielders driving in more than 400 runs and the lack of injuries to key players as reasons why his “third-place” club excelled this season.

1951       The Red Sox trade catcher Les Moss and flychaser Tom Wright to the Browns for backstop Gus Niarhos and outfielder Ken Wood. The deal will have little impact in Boston (6th place) and St. Louis (7th place) when both teams finish in the second division.

1953       Red Barber resigns as a Brooklyn Dodger broadcaster and will take the ‘catbird’ seat with the rival New York Yankees. The ‘Old Redhead’ reportedly left the team because he was upset with Brooklyn owner Walter O’Malley’s refusal to support him when he failed to get a higher fee from Gillette, the sponsor of the 1953 World Series on television.

1954       Major league owners vote down the sale of the Philadelphia A’s to a hometown syndicate. A week later, the Mack family sells controlling interest to Arnold Johnson, who will move the team to Kansas City.

1958       On Candlestick Point, an area where the rocks resembled candlesticks, construction begins on the Giants’ new ballpark in San Francisco. The transplanted team will play their games at Seals Stadium until a new ballpark on the eastern shore of the San Francisco Bay is ready.

1961       Three thousand spectators witnessed the ground-breaking ceremony for the $18,000,000 Municipal Stadium in the Queen’s Flushing Meadow Park. The future home of the Mets and the NFL’s Titans, expected to be ready for Opening Day in 1963, will be known as Shea Stadium in honor of Bill Shea, the lawyer who helped bring back the National League to the Big Apple.

1979       The one-time Florida State baseball head coach Dick Howser replaces Billy Martin as the Yankee manager. After spending ten years as the team’s third-base coach, the new skipper compiles a 103-59 record, leading the team to an AL East championship, but hands-on owner George Steinbrenner fires the independent-minded skipper after being swept by Kansas City in the playoffs.

1981       After dropping the first two games of the Fall Classic, the Dodgers defeat the Yankees, 9-2, capturing the World Championship in six games. The victory at the Bronx ballpark marks the third time this postseason that Los Angeles will come from behind to win a series, having been down 0-2 against the Astros in the five-game strike-necessitated NLDS, and 1-2 behind the Expos in the NLCS five-game series.

1981       Entering Game 6 of the World Series in the fifth inning, Yankee right-hander George Frazier, relieving starter Tommy John, gives up three go-ahead runs in the team’s 9-2 elimination loss to the Dodgers at Yankee Stadium. The 27-year-old reliever becomes the first pitcher to lose three games in a best-of-seven World Series and the second to drop that many decisions in any Fall Classic, joining White Sox Lefty Williams, the loser of a trio of games in the best-of-nine series played in 1919.

1988       The Padres deal Keith Moreland and Chris Brown to the Tigers for pitcher Walt Terrell, who will be traded, with a player named later [Freddie Toliver] to the Yankees in July. The midseason swap will bring Don Schulze and Mike Pagliarulo to San Diego.

1989       The A’s sweep the Giants in the earthquake-delayed Fall Classic with a 9-6 victory at Candlestick Park. Right-hander Dave Stewart, named the series MVP, becomes the first hurler to win two games in the LCS and the World Series.

1992       The first-ever Branch Rickey Award recipient is Blue Jay outfielder/DH Dave Winfield, selected from 28 nominees, one player from each major league club. The honor, bestowed by representatives from the media and Rotary Club, will be given annually to the major leaguer who makes significant contributions to the community, exemplifying the service club’s motto, “Service Above Self.”

1995       In Game 6, Tom Glavine and Mark Wohlers combine on a one-hitter to defeat the Indians, 1-0, giving the Braves their third World Championship, the first since moving to Atlanta. David Justice’s leadoff homer in the sixth inning off Jim Poole proves to be the difference.

1998       “It is especially fitting that this legislation honors a courageous baseball player and individual, the late Curt Flood, whose enormous talents on the baseball diamond were matched by his courage off the field. It was 29 years ago this month that Curt Flood refused a trade from the St. Louis Cardinals to the Philadelphia Phillies. His bold stand set in motion the events that culminate in the bill I have signed into law.” – BILL CLINTON, U.S. president, commenting on the Curt Flood Act. President Clinton signs the Curt Flood Act of 1998, revoking baseball’s antitrust exemption for labor matters, but not for issues involving relocation, expansion, or the minor leagues. The passage of the legislation by the 105th Congress comes over seventy-five years after the Supreme Court ruled that the sport was not involved in interstate commerce or trade as customarily defined within the context of the Sherman Antitrust Act.

2001       With a son named Gehrig, Curt Schilling receives the 2001 Roberto Clemente Award for his contributions to numerous charities, including ALS, better known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. The Diamondback right-hander, who won the World Series opener yesterday, was selected due to his outstanding baseball skills, combined with devoted work within the community.

2001       With his seventh-inning three-run shot off New York’s Andy Pettitte, Matt Williams becomes the first player in World Series history to hit home runs with three different teams. The Diamondback third baseman homered in the Fall Classic for the Indians in 1997 and with the Giants in 1989.

2002       After being unable to get permission to talk to Lou Piniella from Seattle and deciding not to wait ten days after the World Series for the availability of Giant skipper Dusty Baker, the Mets give Art Howe a four-year, $9.4 million deal to manage the team. New York’s new skipper led the A’s to a pair of AL West championships (2000, 2002), with his teams winning 383 games during the last four seasons, matching Joe Torre’s Yankee total.

2002       The Marlins do not renew the contract of John Routh, the 43-year-old man who has been Billy the Marlin since Florida’s first game in 1993. Although ‘Billy’ will return next season, the Fish hires a new person to wear the 35-pound costume as the team seeks to increase the mascot’s visibility by changing the character’s overall role.

2002       Signing the veteran manager to a four-year contract, the Devil Rays name Lou Piniella as their team’s new skipper. As compensation to sign ‘Sweet Lou’ away from Seattle, Tampa Bay sends their All-Star outfielder Randy Winn (.298, 14, 75) to Seattle for minor leaguer Antonio Perez.

2007       With a 4-3 win over the Rockies at Coors Field, The Red Sox, for the second time in four years, complete a four-game sweep to win the World Series. Terry Francona becomes the first manager to win his first eight games in the Fall Classic.

2007       During the middle of Game 4 of the World Series between the Red Sox and the Rockies, si.com reports Alex Rodriguez has decided to opt-out of his Yankee contract. The timing of the announcement and being a no-show at the game to receive the Hank Aaron Award, which honors the most outstanding offensive performer in each league, are severely criticized by fans and the media.

2009       In Game 1, Chase Utley, en route to a record-tying five World Series homers, becomes the first left-handed batter in 81 years to hit two round-trippers off a southpaw in a Fall Classic game. After setting a record by reaching base in 26 straight postseason games with his first-inning walk, he goes deep twice off southpaw CC Sabathia in the Phillies’ 6-1 victory at Yankee Stadium, matching Babe Ruth’s performance in the fourth and final game of the 1928 series.

2010       Before Game 2 of the World Series at AT&T Park, Tim Wakefield receives the Roberto Clemente Award for his excellence as a ballplayer and commitment to the community. The 44-year-old Red Sox starter is actively involved with “Pitching in for Kids,” a nonprofit that provides grants to improve the lives of children across New England.

2011       After being down by 10.5 games on August 25 for the NL Central Division lead, the Cardinals beat the Rangers at Busch Stadium, 6-2, in Game 7 of the Fall Classic to win their eleventh world championship in franchise history. In Game 6, the Redbirds had been down to their last strike in the ninth and the tenth innings but rallied to tie the score and eventually win the game on David Freese’s leadoff, walk-off home run in the 11th.

2012       At a press conference held before Game 4 at Detroit’s Comerica Park, Clayton Kershaw is named the 2012 Roberto Clemente Award recipient, an honor given to a major leaguer who demonstrates the value of helping others by his action off the field. The Dodger right-hander and his wife, Ellen, founded the Kershaw Challenge, which includes its cornerstone charity, “Arise Africa,” that helps the couple to build and sustain an orphanage known as “Hope’s Home” in Lusaka, Zambia.

2013       In the fifth game of the World Series, Red Sox’s first baseman David Ortiz ties Billy Hatcher’s 1990 World Series record, reaching base in his ninth consecutive plate appearance. ‘Big Papi,’ the Fall Classic MVP, extends the streak that began in Game 3 with a fourth-inning single in the team’s 3-1 victory over the Cardinals at Busch Stadium.

1962 WORLD SERIES: New York Yankees (4) vs San Francisco Giants (3)

Over the last few decades, the defending champion New York Yankees had made an art out of dominating the American League on the way to their twenty-fifth Fall Classic. It was becoming all-too-predictable and the early 1960’s were looking a lot like the 50’s when the “Pinstripes” played in eight out of the ten world championships.

On the other side of the ball, the National League’s representatives were a familiar opponent to the Yanks as well as former “roommates”. The Giants had finally recaptured the National League pennant for the first time since moving across the country to San Francisco (after the 1957 season) and it seemed fitting that the prelude to this “Subway Series” revival was a playoff between the Los Angeles Dodgers who used to call Brooklyn their home.

Series veteran Whitey Ford was given his usual Game 1 start by the Yanks sophomore manager Ralph Houk and extended his World Series consecutive-innings scoreless streak to thirty-three before San Francisco got on the scoreboard in the second inning. The Giants Billy O’Dell kept pace with “The Chairman” through six innings, but finally surrendered to Clete Boyer and his fellow “Bombers” in the closing innings for a 6-2 loss.

Jack Sanford got revenge the following day though with a three hit, 2-0 shutout that evened the contest at a game apiece. Billy Pierce continued the cycle in Game 3, blanking the Yankees through six innings until the newly crowned single-season homerun leader, Roger Maris, broke through the deadlock with a two run single in the seventh and eventually scored on a force-out grounder. Yankees closer Bill Stafford almost blew it in the ninth after giving up a two run blast of his own to Ed Bailey, but managed to pull it together for the 3-2 victory.

Game 4 featured a rare break-out performance at the plate by the Giants’ Chuck Hiller. An unlikely threat to the Yankees power pitching, the second baseman had hit only twenty home runs in his eight year Major League career. Those numbers didn’t matter though as he nailed a bases-loaded homer off of Yankees reliever Marshall Bridges in the seventh. It was the first grand-slam ever in a World Series outing by a National Leaguer and snapped the two all tie that resulted in a San Francisco victory at Yankees Stadium. In a strange twist the winning Giants reliever was none other than Don Larsen who (exactly six years earlier to the day) pitched his record-setting perfect game for the home team against the Brooklyn Dodgers.

Ralph Terry, who had gone 0-4 in Series outings finally managed to cross over in Game 5. As with the rest of the outings, both teams were locked in a tie late in the game. This time, it was Tom Tresh’s turn to take the lead. The New York rookie hammered a three run, eighth-inning homer off Sanford who lost the game despite putting up ten K’s in 7 1/3 innings. After a five day absence (due to travel and three rain delays) the Series returned with the Giants well rested and ready to even the score. Billy Pierce’s three hitter and Cepeda’s three hits and two RBIs netted San Francisco’s the crucial 5-2 triumph that held the Fall Classic at a 3-3 standoff.

Terry, who had given up the deciding blast to Bill Mazeroski in the 1960 heart-breaker, returned for the start in Game 7 and responded by holding the Giants to just two hits (and a 1-0 lead) going into the ninth. The Yankees pitcher had found some redemption winning twenty-three games during the regular season in ’62 and was on his way to a complete-game victory. Pinch-hitter Matty Alou led off the inning with a perfect bunt for base one, but Terry answered back by striking out both Felipe Alou and Hiller. Willie Mays, who had just completed a phenomenal forty-nine homer, one-hundred forty-one RBI season, rose to the occasion and blasted a double to right field. Maris made a sprinting grab and managed to reach cutoff man Bobby Richardson to hold Alou at third. Despite the great defensive stand by the Yankees, clean-up man, Willie McCovey and Orlando Cepeda were due up next. During the regular season, McCovey had tallied twenty home runs and fifty-four RBIs while Cepeda added thirty-five homers and one-hundred forty-four runs batted in. Houk elected to keep Terry in, believing the right-hander would handle the Giants lefty. With a one ball, one strike count on McCovey, Terry brought the heat, but the Giants slugger sent the offering toward right field. Second baseman Richardson moved slightly to his left and desperately reached up with his glove snagging the ball and another World Series title.

Once again, the mighty Yanks had been able to hold off a worthy opponent despite failing to win consecutive games at any point in the Series and getting .174 and .120 batting marks from two of their biggest threats, Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle. Their less-than stellar stats were certainly a compliment to the Giants pitching staff as the “The M&M Boys” had posted one-hundred seventy-eight home runs combined in the last two seasons. It mattered little though as the American League’s dynasty had proven that they were back and ready for more.

NFL STANDINGS

American Football Conference
East Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Buffalo Bills420.6670.0203982-1-02-1-03-2-01-0-01 L
New England Patriots340.4291.51791401-4-02-0-03-1-02-1-01 W
New York Jets150.1673.0801751-1-00-4-01-3-00-2-02 L
Miami Dolphins160.1433.51272070-3-01-3-01-4-01-1-06 L
 
West Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Las Vegas Raiders520.7140.01801663-1-02-1-04-1-01-1-02 W
Los Angeles Chargers420.6670.51481502-1-02-1-03-1-02-0-01 L
Kansas City Chiefs340.4292.01882031-2-02-2-01-4-00-1-01 L
Denver Broncos340.4292.01401271-2-02-2-02-4-00-1-04 L
 
North Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Cincinnati Bengals520.7140.01891282-1-03-1-03-0-02-0-02 W
Baltimore Ravens520.7140.01871643-1-02-1-04-2-00-1-01 L
Cleveland Browns430.5711.01731653-1-01-2-02-2-00-0-01 W
Pittsburgh Steelers330.5001.51171322-2-01-1-02-2-00-1-02 W
 
South Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Tennessee Titans520.7140.01931643-1-02-1-04-1-02-0-03 W
Indianapolis Colts340.4292.01691491-2-02-2-02-2-01-1-02 W
Jacksonville Jaguars150.1673.51161721-3-00-2-01-4-00-2-01 W
Houston Texans160.1434.0972031-2-00-4-01-4-01-1-06 L
 
National Football Conference
East Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Dallas Cowboys510.8330.02051463-0-02-1-03-1-02-0-05 W
Washington Football Team250.2863.51462101-3-01-2-02-2-01-0-03 L
Philadelphia Eagles250.2863.51591850-3-02-2-02-3-00-1-02 L
New York Giants250.2863.51391801-3-01-2-02-4-00-2-01 W
 
West Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Arizona Cardinals7001.0000.02251143-0-04-0-03-0-02-0-07 W
Los Angeles Rams610.8571.02071463-1-03-0-05-1-01-1-03 W
San Francisco 49ers240.3334.51351490-3-02-1-02-3-00-2-04 L
Seattle Seahawks250.2865.01501620-3-02-2-01-3-01-1-03 L
 
North Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Green Bay Packers610.8570.01681463-0-03-1-04-1-02-0-06 W
Minnesota Vikings330.5002.51471372-1-01-2-03-1-01-0-02 W
Chicago Bears340.4293.01011622-1-01-3-01-3-01-1-02 L
Detroit Lions070.0006.01282000-3-00-4-00-5-00-3-07 L
 
South Division
 WLTPctGBPFPAHomeRoadvs. Confvs. DivStreak
Tampa Bay Buccaneers610.8570.02331474-0-02-1-04-1-01-0-04 W
New Orleans Saints420.6671.51401011-1-03-1-03-2-00-1-02 W
Atlanta Falcons330.5002.51351761-2-02-1-01-3-00-1-02 W
Carolina Panthers340.4293.01461462-2-01-2-01-4-01-0-04 L

NBA STANDINGS

Eastern Conference
Atlantic Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
New York31.7502-11-02-03-13-11 W
Philadelphia22.5001.00-12-10-20-22-21 L
Toronto23.4001.51-31-01-02-22-31 W
Brooklyn23.4001.51-21-11-02-32-31 L
Boston23.4001.50-22-10-21-32-31 L
 
Central Divison
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Chicago401.0002-02-02-03-04-04 W
Milwaukee32.6001.51-12-11-02-13-21 L
Cleveland32.6001.51-12-11-13-23 W
Indiana14.2003.51-10-30-11-41-42 L
Detroit03.0003.50-10-20-20-30-33 L
 
Southeast Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Charlotte41.8001-13-01-04-14-11 W
Miami31.7500.52-01-11-03-13-12 W
Washington31.7500.51-02-13-13-11 W
Atlanta31.7500.52-01-11-13-12 W
Orlando14.2003.00-21-20-21-31-42 L
 
Western Conference
Northwest Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Utah301.0002-01-02-03-03-03 W
Minnesota31.7500.52-11-02-13-11 W
Portland22.5001.52-10-12-22-21 W
Denver22.5001.51-11-10-12-12-22 L
Oklahoma City14.2003.01-20-20-11-31-41 W
 
Pacific Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Golden State401.0001-03-03-04-04-04 W
Sacramento22.5002.00-22-01-12-22-21 W
LA Lakers23.4002.51-21-10-22-32-31 L
Phoenix13.2503.00-21-11-11-31-32 L
LA Clippers13.2503.01-20-10-11-21-31 L
 
Southwest Division
 WLPctGBHomeRoadDivConfLast 10Streak
Dallas21.6671-01-11-01-02-12 W
Memphis22.5000.51-01-21-22-22 L
San Antonio13.2501.51-20-10-21-33 L
Houston13.2501.51-10-20-11-21-32 L
New Orleans14.2002.00-21-21-11-41 L

NHL STANDINGS

Eastern Conference
 GPWLOTLPtsROWGFGAHomeRoadL10
Florida Panthers770014731135-0-02-0-07-0-0
Washington Capitals740311428192-0-32-0-04-0-3
Carolina Hurricanes55001052282-0-03-0-05-0-0
Detroit Red Wings74219423232-1-12-1-04-2-1
New York Rangers74219415180-1-14-1-04-2-1
Buffalo Sabres64119319114-1-00-0-14-1-1
Pittsburgh Penguins63128324172-1-11-0-13-1-2
Columbus Blue Jackets64208419154-1-00-1-04-2-0
Philadelphia Flyers53117323162-1-11-0-03-1-1
10 New York Islanders63217315153-2-13-2-1
11 Toronto Maple Leafs83417316252-1-11-3-03-4-1
12 Tampa Bay Lightning73317321270-2-13-1-03-3-1
13 Boston Bruins53206315152-0-01-2-03-2-0
14 New Jersey Devils53206314153-2-03-2-0
15 Ottawa Senators62404215192-3-00-1-02-4-0
16 Montreal Canadiens71602111251-3-00-3-01-6-0
 
Western Conference
 GPWLOTLPtsROWGFGAHomeRoadL10
St. Louis Blues550010525112-0-03-0-05-0-0
Edmonton Oilers651010427183-1-02-0-05-1-0
Minnesota Wild651010520182-1-03-0-05-1-0
Calgary Flames64119421150-0-14-1-04-1-1
San Jose Sharks64208420141-0-03-2-04-2-0
Winnipeg Jets63217324222-0-01-2-13-2-1
Vancouver Canucks73317220210-1-03-2-13-3-1
Dallas Stars73317214181-0-12-3-03-3-1
Nashville Predators73406320202-3-01-1-03-4-0
10 Vegas Golden Knights73406316221-3-02-1-03-4-0
11 Seattle Kraken72415218241-1-01-3-12-4-1
12 Anaheim Ducks72415220241-2-01-2-12-4-1
13 Colorado Avalanche62404116231-2-01-2-02-4-0
14 Los Angeles Kings61413114201-1-00-3-11-4-1
15 Chicago Blackhawks70522014300-3-10-2-10-5-2
16 Arizona Coyotes60511011300-3-00-2-10-5-1

MLS STANDINGS

Eastern
TeamGPWDLGFGAGDHomeAwayPTS
New England33227465402512-3-110-4-373
Nashville SC32121645331228-8-04-8-452
Philadelphia321311845341110-3-33-8-550
New York City FC321381152341810-3-33-5-847
Orlando City SC3212119474708-6-24-5-747
Atlanta3112109423579-4-33-6-646
D.C.32135145250211-1-42-4-1044
New York3112712373257-5-35-2-943
CF Montreal31111010444138-4-33-6-743
Columbus32118134144-39-3-42-5-941
Inter Miami CF32115163450-167-2-74-3-938
Chicago3397173652-167-5-52-2-1234
Toronto FC3269173762-254-7-52-2-1227
FC Cincinnati3248203670-341-5-103-3-1020
Western
TeamGPWDLGFGAGDHomeAwayPTS
Sporting KC3117775634229-5-28-2-558
Seattle3217785131208-4-49-3-458
Colorado32151074533128-7-17-3-655
Portland32154135051-110-2-45-2-949
Vancouver32121194343010-2-42-9-547
Los Angeles32137124650-48-4-45-3-846
Real Salt Lake3113612504739-4-24-2-1045
Minnesota32129113740-39-3-43-6-745
Los Angeles FC3212812504558-5-34-3-944
San Jose32910134150-95-4-74-6-637
Houston32612143651-156-6-40-6-1030
FC Dallas32611154454-104-7-52-4-1029
Austin3184193150-196-2-82-2-1128