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College

SportShorts for Monday, October 21, 2019

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Illini kick late field goal to beat Badgers

James McCourt kicked a 39-yard field as time expired and Illinois pulled off the biggest upset of the college football season, knocking off No. 6 Wisconsin 24-23 on Saturday.

Tony Adams picked off a pass by Jack Coan for the 30 1/2-point underdog Illini (3-5, 1-3 Big Ten) at midfield with 2:33 remaining. Dre Brown’s tackle-breaking 13-yard run got Illinois to the Wisconsin 25, setting up McCourt to attempt the winner. The junior’s kick was down the middle to give coach Lovie Smith the most significant victory of his 4-year tenure in Champaign.

Wisconsin had not trailed this season and was looking to roll into a showdown with No. 3 Ohio State next week in Columbus. Instead, the Badgers (6-1, 4-1) blew a nine-point lead in the final 9:46 of the fourth quarter.

Iowa able to hold off the Boilermakers

Mekhi Sargent scored on a 14-yard run with 2:16 left and Iowa held off Purdue 26-20 to snap a two-game losing streak.

Tyler Goodson scored his first career touchdown from a yard out and Keith Duncan kicked four field goals for the Hawkeyes (5-2, 2-2 Big Ten). They also broke a two-game skid against Purdue (2-5, 1-3).

Redhawks hold on to top Northern Illinois

Jaylon Bester ran for two touchdowns and Sam Sloman kicked two fourth-quarter field goals that allowed Miami of Ohio to hold off Northern Illinois, 27-24 in a Mid-America Conference battle Saturday afternoon.

Marcus Childers nosed in from a yard out to put Northern Illinois up 10-0 with 3:08 left in the second quarter, but the RedHawks answered with a 10-play, 75-yard drive and scored again on the first drive of the third quarter

Childers and Bester traded third-quarter touchdowns and Miami pushed its lead to 27-17 with just under six minutes to play after Sloman converted from 34- and 37-yards out.

Ohio State up to No. 3 in latest AP Poll

Ohio State edged past Clemson to No. 3 in The Associated Press college football poll and Wisconsin dropped to 13th after being upset ahead of its showdown with the Buckeyes.

Alabama remained No. 1 on Sunday in the AP Top 25 presented by Regions Bank, receiving 24 first-place votes. No. 2 LSU held its place and received 16 first-place votes.

SOCCER

Red Stars reach NWSL final with 1-0 win

The Chicago Red Stars are going to the National Women’s Soccer League championship game for the first time.

Striker Sam Kerr scored the only goal as the Red Stars beat the Portland Thorns 1-0 in an NWSL semifinal Sunday afternoon at SeatGeek Stadium in Bridgeview. The Red Stars will meet the North Carolina Courage in the final at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27 in Cary, N.C..

Kerr opened the scoring in the eighth minute, set up perfectly by Yuki Nagasato’s lofted ball into space.

Kerr slotted the ball past Thorns goalkeeper Adrianna Franch to give the Red Stars an early lead, making up for a missed chance two minutes earlier.

The Nagasato-to-Kerr connection was a common occurrence in the regular season: Nagasato led the league with eight assists, seven of which went to Kerr.

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