Taylor takes world title in South Korea
Florida’s Christian Taylor became the youngest world champion in the triple jump in stunning fashion at the IAAF World Championships in Daegu, South Korea.
Taylor, in his fourth jump, leapt a world-leading 58-11 (17.96m) to move to the front of the leaderboard and put the pressure on defending world champion and Olympic silver medalist Phillips Idowu.
Taylor beat Idowu in August in the Diamond League event in London and had his number once again in Daegu. Idowu bound out to a 57-4 (17.77m) mark, his furthest of the competition, but not enough to defend his World title.
First Kentucky hat trick in six years leads to win
Junior forward Matt Lodge charted the first Kentucky hat trick in six years — and just the seventh in program annals — while pacing another dynamic scoring effort for the Wildcats in a 4-2 win against IPFW.
A native of Rossington, England, Lodge continued to dominate UK’s opposition in the fifth game of the year, netting goals in the 18th, 55th and 77th minute. He also had a goal early in the game negated due to an offsides call.
Lodge fired a staggering 31 shots through the first five games of the season, spearheading a UK attack that averaged 21.8 shots per game and a 51-12 advantage in corner kicks. In his three-year career, Lodge, UK’s first freshman All-America in 2009, owns 15 goals and six assists.
Utah State duo post career highs to top Weber State
Senior All-American Liz McArthur tied her career-high with 25 kills and junior Laurel Bodily posted a career-high 30 digs to lead Utah State’s volleyball team to a five-set win against in-state rival Weber State. With the victory, USU had earned 12 wins in 13 matches and eight consecutive victories on the road.
McArthur posted her fifth double-double of the season and 17th of her career as she added 13 digs in the match to go along with three block assists and one service ace. Bodily recorded her 27th career double-digit dig match, including her seventh consecutive this season with her 30 digs. It was the third time in four matches that Bodily posted at least 20 digs.
Kansas’ Webb, Beshears connect on final play to top NIU
Facing a fourth-and-goal with 14 seconds remaining in the game, sophomore quarterback Jordan Webb completed a six-yard touchdown pass to junior wide receiver D.J. Beshears right at the goal line to give Kansas a 45-42 victory against Northern Illinois.
Webb threw for a career-high 281 yards and three touchdowns in the victory, while Beshears recorded career highs in receptions, receiving yards, touchdowns and kickoff return yards. Beshears finished the game with seven catches for 70 yards with two TDs while adding 197 yards on seven kickoff returns and an 18-yard rush for 285 all-purpose yards. Beshears not only completed the game-winning drive, but he initially set it up with a 51-yard kickoff return down the left sideline to begin the possession at NIU’s 47-yard line.
Bloomsburg’s Mateo rushes for five touchdowns in rout
Backup tailback Eddie Mateo rushed for a career-high 179 yards and tied a school record with five touchdowns leading then-No. 9 Bloomsburg to a 45-10 win against Clarion.
Mateo filled in nicely for the Bloomsburg starting tailback Franklyn Quiteh, who did not play after the second quarter due to an injury. Before Quiteh departed he had carried 17 times for 114 yards.
The mark of five TDs in a game has been achieved five times in Bloomsburg history — the most recent by Jamar Brittingham in 2007 against C.W. Post. Mateo, whose performance earned him PSAC East Offesnive Player of the Week, scored on runs from 8, 1, 14, 22 and 38 yards.
Freshmen lead Illinois back from two sets down to top Tulsa
Illinois came away with a win following a big defensive effort as the No. 4 Illini won the Middle Tennessee Invitational title with a victory against Tulsa. UI dropped the first two sets but then found a way to stop Golden Hurricane All-American Tyler Henderson, one of the national kills leaders the past two years. Henderson still finished with 33 kills.
After pulling within 2-1, Illinois limited Tulsa to .147 hitting in the fourth set before pulling away for the win. Illinois had an 11.0-4.0 advantage in blocks, as redshirt freshman Anna Dorn came up big with nine block assists to go with her 13 kills. Freshman Liz McMahon also added six block assists and 10 kills.
Marquette’s Kelly posts pair of goals in win at No. 14 Milwaukee
Maegan Kelly helped Marquette to a 2-0-0 week and earned Big East Offensive Player of the Week honors in the process after totaling four points across two games.
The sophomore had two goals – one game-winner and one game-tying score against Milwaukee. Kelly’s score came at a crucial time as she launched one in the 109th minute of a 1-0 win. She also fueled a comeback victory in a 2-1 decision at Indiana.
Career high 54 assists pushes Szaacs to fourth in Westminster history
Senior Jessie Szakacs, a 5-foot-7 setter, tied a career high with 54 assists for Westminster in a 3-2 win against Elizabethtown. In another 3-2 win the following day, Szakacs nearly equaled the mark with 53 assists. She also posted nine kills, 13 digs and two blocks in the Elizabethtown match.
In three matches during the week, Szakacs averaged 10.46 assists and 2.46 digs per set. She now ranks fourth in team history with 2,529 career assists.
Neugebaur leads West Virginia Wesleyan to win
Senior Adam Neugebauer threw four touchdown passes, boosting his season total to 10, as West Virginia Wesleyan held off Bentley 28-23.
Neugebauer finished the afternoon 36 of 50 for 340 yards and one interception, with his scoring passes covering 13, 19, 7 and 15 yards. The three longest passes all went to classmate T.J. Benners, who caught nine balls for 81 yards.
Neugebauer’s performance earned him both D2football.com and WVIAC offensive player of the week honors.