In OT or regulation, Northwestern looks to extend streak

Published: Friday, November 10, 2017 @ 12:17 PM
Updated: Friday, November 10, 2017 @ 12:16 PM

            FILE - In this Oct. 28, 2017, file photo, Northwestern linebacker Nate Hall (32) celebrates with teammates after intercepting a pass from Michigan State quarterback Brian Lewerke during the third overtime of an NCAA college football game in Evanston, Ill. Northwestern, which has won three consecutive overtime games, plays Purdue this week. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)
FILE - In this Oct. 28, 2017, file photo, Northwestern linebacker Nate Hall (32) celebrates with teammates after intercepting a pass from Michigan State quarterback Brian Lewerke during the third overtime of an NCAA college football game in Evanston, Ill. Northwestern, which has won three consecutive overtime games, plays Purdue this week. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)

Northwestern would gladly take a win without the overtime. But the Wildcats aren't complaining.

They head into Saturday's game against Purdue with a spot in the record book after becoming the first FBS program to play three consecutive overtime games and win them all.

"When you've been through overtime before, it makes you more comfortable in that situation," defensive lineman Joe Graziano said.

The Wildcats (6-3, 4-2 Big Ten) are second in the Big Ten West after winning four in a row. But the past three games are what put them in the record book.

And they looked right at home in OT against Nebraska last week. Clayton Thorson sneaked into the end zone on fourth-and-1 for the go-ahead touchdown. The defense then came up with a sack and pass breakup while preserving a 31-24 victory.

That came on the heels of a wild finish against then-No. 16 Michigan State. Thorson threw a 22-yard touchdown to Flynn Nagel and Nate Hall — with 30 stitches in his left hand — intercepted Brian Lewerke in the end zone to seal a 39-31 win after Graziano stripped the quarterback on that play. A week before that, Thorson scored from the 1 after a 23-yard reception on third down by Justin Jackson to lift the Wildcats over Iowa 17-10 in OT.

Purdue (4-5, 2-4) beat Illinois last week to snap a three-game losing streak. But quarterback David Blough dislocated his right ankle and will miss the rest of the season.

Here are some things to know as Northwestern looks to keep its win streak going against the Boilermakers:


Purdue coach Jeff Brohm spent most of this season using a two-quarterback rotation. Don't expect to see it again. With the Boilermakers missing their most experienced starter in Blough, Brohm will turn to the other quarterback, Elijah Sindelar, for the next three games — and perhaps a fourth.

"While he (Sindelar) was disappointed he had not been starting the last couple weeks, he practiced well," Brohm said. "He's continued to work hard. I think he's excited about the opportunity to play."

Sindelar will be backed up by Jared Sparks, a redshirt freshman who is listed on the depth chart as both a receiver and quarterback.


Northwestern's all-time leading rusher, Justin Jackson needs 202 yards to join Wisconsin's Ron Dayne as the only Big Ten players with four 1,000-yard seasons. Jackson ranks sixth on the conference's career rushing list with 4,927 yards.


Under Brohm, the Boilermakers have already surpassed last season's overall and conference victory totals. The defense is allowing 19.4 points fewer per game, the biggest improvement in the Football Bowl Subdivision, and 94.0 yards fewer rushing per game, the nation's seventh-best improvement. They are running for 63.1 yards more per game than 2016, the eighth-best turnaround in the nation. The most important number is this: Purdue has seen its crowds increase by 12,589 per game, a big turnabout from the steadily dwindling numbers of recent years.


Northwestern has scored on all 17 trips to the red zone during their win streak and converted four against Nebraska — three touchdowns and a field goal. They are now 34 of 36 on the season and rank 10th in the country in red zone efficiency.

"''I think offensively for the most part, (it's) taking care of the ball first of all," coach Pat Fitzgerald said. "Being able to run it somewhat efficiently down there. Pretty consistently kicking our red zone field goals."


Purdue is 1-2 in its first three night games this season, beating Ohio University at home while losing to Louisville in Indianapolis and Nebraska at home. But the Boilermakers are 2-0 when playing Northwestern under the lights. More good news: Purdue has allowed a total of 120 yards rushing over the past two games.

The bad news: Northwestern is comfortable throwing the ball and won its only other night game this season, 49-7 over Bowling Green.


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Dayton traffic from the WHIO traffic center

Published: Monday, November 20, 2017 @ 2:33 AM
Updated: Monday, November 20, 2017 @ 2:33 AM

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Major Highway Incidents

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  • Rip Rap Road is closed due to high water. 
  • Crews are responding to a crash on Ballinger Road near Old Springfield Road in Union. The crash was reported shortly after 2 a.m.

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  • Alex-Bell Road will be closed for work on the Washington Twp. bridge over Holes Creek until Nov. 30. More information, including detour information, is available here.
  • A half-mile of Stroop Road in Kettering between Woodman Drive and Glenheath/Braddox intersection will be closed until the end of the year so a bridge can be replaced. .
  • SR 48 Ramp to I-70 west, Overnight RAMP CLOSURE Nov. 17 at 8 p.m. - Nov. 18 at 12 p.m. The official detour is: SR 48 to US 40 east to SR 49 to I-70 west.
  • SR 48 Ramp to I-70 east, Overnight RAMP CLOSURE Nov. 18 at 8 p.m. - Nov. 19 at 12 p.m. The official detour is SR 48 to US 40 east to Airport Access Road to I-70 east.
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  • SR 4 between I-70 and Enon Road, Lane closures Oct. 26 - Nov. 17. One lane will remain open in each direction.
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  • SR 705 near Groff Road, Daily lane closures Nov. 27 - Dec. 11 between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. One lane will remain open for travel in each direction through the use of flaggers.
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Reports: Charles Manson, mass murderer, has died

Published: Wednesday, November 15, 2017 @ 11:20 PM
Updated: Monday, November 20, 2017 @ 12:42 AM

Charles Manson Biography

UPDATE @12:42 a.m. 11/20/17

Mass murderer Charles Manson died Sunday night, according to reports.


Mass murderer Charles Manson is in a California hospital and is said to be in grave condition, several media outlets are reporting tonight. 

The New York Post, Los Angeles Times and others are reporting that the 83-year-old, who was born in Cincinnati, has struggled with gastrointestinal problems. 

Kern County Sheriff's Lt. Bill Smallwood confirm to the Times that Manson is at a hospital in Bakersfield. 

Vicky Waters, a spokeswoman for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, declined to comment to the Times, citing federal and state medical privacy laws that preclude the agency "from commenting on protected health information for any inmate in our custody." 

Waters did confirm that Manson is alive, according to the Times report. 

Manson is serving multiple life sentences at a Corcoran, California, prison. 

Manson and members of his "family" of followers were convicted of killing actress Sharon Tate and six others during a rampage in the Los Angeles area in August 1969. Prosecutors said Manson and his followers were trying to incite a race war he dubbed "Helter Skelter," taken from the Beatles song of the same name. 

Tate, the wife of director Roman Polanski, was 8 ½ months pregnant when she was killed at her home in Benedict Canyon on Aug. 9, 1969. 

Four others were stabbed and shot to death the same night: Jay Sebring, 35; Voytek Frykowski, 32; Abigail Folger, 25, a coffee heiress; and Steven Parent, 18, a friend of Tate's caretaker. The word "pig" was written on the front door in blood. 

The next night, Manson rode with his followers to the Los Feliz home of Leno and Rosemary LaBianca, then left three members to kill the couple. 

Manson’s death sentence was changed to life without parole following a 1972 California Supreme Court ruling that found the state's death penalty law at the time unconstitutional. He has been denied parole 12 times.

Boil advisory lifted for Greenville water customers

Published: Saturday, November 18, 2017 @ 6:09 PM
Updated: Sunday, November 19, 2017 @ 10:43 PM

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UPDATE @ 10:45 p.m. (Nov. 19):

A boil advisory issued for customers of the City of Greenville Public Water System has been lifted, according to a release from the water department. 

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Samples were collected on Saturday and water quality has returned to normal levels, officials said. 

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Residents must boil tap water before using for drinking, making ice, washing dishes, brushing teeth and preparing food until further notice.

The boil water advisory applies to the entire City of Greenville Public Water System.

Tap water should be brought to a rolling boil for at least one minute, according to a release issued Saturday evening.

The advisory was issued due to high turbidity, or cloudiness, in the water supply.

The water plant routinely monitors water for turbidity to make sure it is properly filtered. Samples taken Saturday had higher levels for about seven minutes due to a mechanical failure. 

“Because of the elevated turbidity, there is an increased chance that your drinking water may contain harmful microbes,” the release stated.

Crews are in the area to collect water samples.

The boil advisory likely will remain in effect for the next three or more days until the quality of the water can be determined.

For more information, contact the City of Greenville Water Department at 937-548-2415 or the Greenville Utility Billing Department at 937-548-1815.

Reports: Pedestrian hit by car in Xenia

Published: Sunday, November 19, 2017 @ 9:38 PM

Medics have been requested to reports of a pedestrian who was hit by a car in Xenia Sunday night. 

A police officer in the area of West Main and North Orange streets reported the crash around 9:25 p.m., according to police scanner traffic. 

The condition of the victim was not immediately available. 

We have a crew on the way and we’ll update this page as we learn more.