Scrap is doing what Scrap does: coach top-notch defenses. Tom Bradley is fitting in well at UCLA, as the No. 19 Bruins are dominating the Pac-12 on the defensive side of the ball. UCLA has beaten three ranked opponents already this season and will have a chance to add to that total when it takes on No. 10 Utah on Saturday at 3:30 p.m.
Carl Nassib was named one of the four finalists for the Lombardi Award. While that may be a surprise to some, it isn't a shocker that OSU lineman Joey Bosa is on the list as well. Texas A&M's Myles Garrett and Clemson's Shaw Lawson round out the final ballot.
Connor Cook was banged up last week in the MSU game with Maryland. Cook says that he will be able to play this weekend when the Spartans take on Bosa and THE Ohio State University.
As for Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg, the focus remains on the final games of this season and not the NFL.
In Iowa the Hawkeyes may have just had the best day in its history. The football team got to 10-0 for the first time and the Iowa wrestling team broke the record for outdoor attendance. The Hawkeyes pulled a stunning comeback on the mat to defeat a very tough Oklahoma State team.
Hockey Valley Signs 2016-17 Recruiting Class
The men's hockey team is currently ranked No. 22 in the USCHO.com rankings. A great deal of the success can be attributed to the play of the freshmen. Freshman forward Chase Berger leads the team with eight goals, which is also good for the second-most goals in the country. Fellow freshman Alec Marsh is tied for third on the team with 10 points. Andrew Sturtz is just a few points behind with eight and has already been named to the NCAA.com's Top-5 Plays of The Week list twice. This week his goal came in at No. 2. The Lions also added three defensemen that have played well, along with goalie Chris Funkey, who performed admirably in the one game that he has seen the ice. Take a look at this past weekend's highlights of the sweep versus Sacred Heart.
This week letters of intent were signed by the players that will join the team in 2016. Next season the team will add what may be the best recruiting class in program history. There are currently eight players slated to join the team, notably a pair of Russian forwards, Denis Smirnov and Nikita Pavlychev, who was drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins in June. Here are some of his USHL highlights. Smirnov is a natural scorer with possibly the greatest amount of talent to ever join the hockey program. Here is a look at the pair earlier this year. While the future is bright, so is the present – the team is off to a great start (6-2-2) and will take a long road trip to Alaska this week.
Here's coach Guy Gadowky's interview with PSU hockey play-by-play caller Brian Tripp:
PSU Women's Sports
The women's soccer team beat Albany in the first round of the NCAA Tournament last weekend. The team will play a second round match with Boston University at 6:30 p.m. on Friday at Jeffrey Field in State College.
The women's cross country team won the Mid-Atlantic Title last weekend and will compete in the Division One Championships in Louisville, Kentucky on November 21.
The women's volleyball team (24-3) was handed a tough defeat by Minnesota last weekend. The team will face Michigan in the first match of a three-game homestand tonight at 7 p.m. in State College. Saturday night at 7 p.m., the team will host Maryland. Russ Rose's squad will have the chance to avenge losses to Northwestern and Nebraska in the final two matches of the year next week. Two weeks from now, the team will begin its defense of the national title in the NCAA Tournament.
The women's hockey team got its first conference win of the season with a win over Robert Morris. Micayla Catanzariti registered a hat trick in the 5-3 victory.
The women's basketball team won for the second time this year when it handled Fordham 75-59 in the Bryce Jordan Center. The team will face a challenging foe tonight when it travels to Knoxville for a game with No.4 Tennessee. The game will be broadcast on the SEC Network at 8 p.m.