Here are some facts and figures about games involving Indiana college football teams. Times are eastern.
Buffalo (4-6) at Ball State (2-8) (7 p.m.): The Bulls got past Ball State, 31-21, a year ago. Tyree Jackson was 23-of-37 for 406 yards and three touchdowns in Buffalo’s 38-28 win over Bowling Green. Jacob White came up with eight tackles for the Cardinals in their 63-17 loss at Northern Illinois.
Rutgers (4-6) at Indiana (4-6) (Noon): The Hoosiers hung on for a 33-27 win against Rutgers last year. Deonte Roberts recorded nine tackles for the Scarlet Knights in their 35-6 loss to No. 13 Penn State. Cole Gest ran 17 times for 82 yards and a touchdown in Indiana’s 24-14 win at Illinois.
Dayton (5-5) at Valparaiso (5-5) (2 p.m.): The Flyers soared to a 37-21 win against Valparaiso last season. Alex Jeske went 16-of-27 for 300 yards and a score in Dayton’s 36-17 win over Marist. Donny Navarro had four receptions for 84 yards and a touchdown for the Crusaders in their 36028 win over Butler.
Purdue (4-6) at Iowa (6-4) (3:30 p.m.): The Hawkeyes posted a 49-35 win over Purdue a season ago. Elijah Sindelar was 37-of-50 for 376 yards and two touchdowns in the Boilermakers’ 23-13 loss at Northwestern. Joshua Jackson returned interceptions of 43 and 52 yards for scores in Iowa’s 38-14 loss to No. 5 Wisconsin.
Navy (6-3) at Notre Dame (8-2) (3:30 p.m.): The Midshipmen edged No. 9 Notre Dame, 28-27, in their last meeting. J.R. Osborn connected on the game-winning 18-yard field goal as time expired in Navy’s 43-40 win over Southern Methodist (SMU). Alize Mack caught two passes for 12 yards and a score in the Fighting Irish’s 41-8 loss at No. 2 Miami.
Indiana State (0-10) at Northern Iowa (6-4) (5 p.m.): The Panthers roared to a 39-6 win over Indiana State in 2016. Jonas Griffith racked up 13 tackles for the Sycamores in a 45-0 loss to Western Illinois. Marcus Weymiller had 25 carries for 131 yards and a touchdown in Northern Iowa’s 25-10 win against Missouri State.
Benedictine (9-2) at Saint Francis (10-0) (Noon): This is the first meeting on the gridiron between the No. 15 Kansas-based Ravens and top-ranked and defending national champion Saint Francis. Ejay Johnson ran 18 times for 142 yards and two scores as Benedictine earned a share of the Heart North Conference crown with a 66-17 win over Peru State. Justin Green had 18 rushes for 158 yards and three scores in the Cougars’ 40-20 win over Taylor on November 4. Benedictine is averaging 51.1 points per contest, compared to 48.8 points for Saint Francis. Kevin Donley is first among NAIA coaches with 312 career victories, while Benedictine’s Larry Wilcox is right behind with 277 total wins. The Ravens are making their 13th playoff appearance, compared to 17 for the Cougars. The winner moves on to the second round on November 25 against an opponent to be determined after all of the first round contests.
NCAA DIVISION II PLAYOFFS
Harding (8-3) at Indianapolis (11-0) (1 p.m.): The Arkansas-based Bisons and No. 6 Indianapolis are playing football for the first time. Terrence Dingle had 14 carries for 74 yards and two scores as Harding secured its eighth straight win with a 24-17 decision over Arkansas Tech. Great Lakes Valley Conference offensive player of the year Jake Purichia was 22-of-31 for 348 yards and five touchdowns in the Greyhounds’ 42-27 win over Notre Dame (Ohio). Harding is making its ninth post-season appearance, while Indianapolis is in for the fourth time. The Greyhounds have won 15 straight contests and finished unbeaten for the first time since 1953. The survivor advances to take on Ashland (10-1) or Northwest Missouri State (9-2) on November 25.
NCAA DIVISION III PLAYOFFS
Monmouth (9-1) at Trine (10-0) (Noon): The Illinois-based Fighting Scots and No. 23 Trine are meeting for the first time. Hayden Nelson’s one-yard touchdown in overtime lifted Midwest Conference champion Monmouth to a 9-6 win over St. Norbert. Jonathon Fierro recorded nine tackles, an interception, and a fumble recovery in the Thunder’s 28-6 win over Olivet. Monmouth is in the post-season for the second year in a row and sixth time overall, while Trine is in the playoffs for the first time since 2010 and fourth all-time. The Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association champion Thunder finished unbeaten for the first time since 2010. Next up for the winner is a date against Franklin (8-2) or Wartburg (10-0) on November 25.
Franklin (8-2) at Wartburg (10-0) (1 p.m.): The Heartland Conference champion Grizzlies are matching up with Iowa Collegiate Athletic Conference titlist Wartburg for the first time. Jordan Brown had 16 carries for 76 yards with a touchdown as Franklin earned its eighth straight and the Victory Bell with a 56-14 decision over Hanover. Matt Sacia went 17-of-26 for 336 yards and five scores for the No. 15 Knights in their 41-20 win over Nebraska Wesleyan. Franklin is in the playoffs for the ninth time in the last 11 years, while Wartburg is making its 11th post-season appearance. A meeting with Monmouth (9-1) or Trine (10-0) is up next for the survivor on November 25.
Miami (Ohio) (4-7) at Ball State (2-9) (7 p.m.): The RedHawks slipped past Ball State, 21-20, a year ago. Brad Koenig recorded 13 tackles and a fumble recovery in Miami’s 27-24 loss to Eastern Michigan. Caleb Huntley ran 26 times for 141 yards in the Cardinals’ 40-24 setback to Buffalo.
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Anderson (1-9): Drew Wilson came up with 15 tackles and a fumble recovery, but the Ravens still dropped their seventh straight contest with a 22-9 loss to Manchester.
Butler (6-5): Sam Schrader closed out his career by tossing a 23-yard touchdown pass and running 15 times for 70 yards and another score against Valparaiso.
DePauw (8-2): Chandler Nicholson recorded seven tackles and had a 52-yard interception return for a touchdown, but the Tigers still came up on the short end of a 22-21 decision to Wabash.
Earlham (0-10): Despite 10 tackles from Rance Albert, the Quakers suffered their 43rd straight setback with an 83-14 loss to Rose-Hulman.
Hanover (4-6): Conner Gibson’s five receptions for 50 yards were not enough for the Panthers against Franklin.
Manchester (6-4): Donovan Henderson Jr helped the Spartans to their fourth win in a row with 31 carries for 128 yards and a touchdown against Anderson.
Marian (7-3): Charles Salary helped the Knights to their second consecutive shutout with seven carries for 130 yards and two scores in a 63-0 blanking of Lindenwood-Belleville. The 2012 and 2015 NAIA national champions missed out on post-season play for the first time since 2013.
Rose-Hulman (8-2): Andrew Dion helped the Fightin’ Engineers keep the Battle of the Boarders Broadsword by completing all four of his passes for 117 yards and three scores against Earlham.
Taylor (4-6): Jake LaMunyon tallied 11 tackles for the Trojans in their 21-13 win over Missouri Baptist.
Wabash (8-2): Ike James helped the Little Giants reclaim the Monon Bell with 27 rushes for 79 yards and three touchdowns against DePauw.