Valparaiso's comeback effort denied by Morehead State: Mark Pappas threw for 303 yards and three long touchdowns and Morehead State outlasted Valparaiso 27-21 on Saturday. Morehead State (5-5, 3-3 Pioneer League) took a 14-0 lead in the first quarter on two Pappas touchdown passes and led by that score at halftime. The Crusaders (1-9, 1-5) tied it in the third on two Chris Duncan TD passes and the Eagles scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns for a 27-14 lead. Duncan hit Deuce Larose with a 2-yard scoring pass with 1:13 to go but Morehead's Jordan Huffman recovered the ensuing onside kick.
VU continues play at Warhawk Classic: Sam Perez and Payton Bertermann struck out in the 10th frame to lead a rally in the final game at the Warhawk Classic. The Crusaders, which finished 2-3 Saturday, forced a 839-839 tie with the two strikes as the Crusaders defeated No. 13-ranked Lincoln Memorial 95-85 in the tiebreaker. Perez led VU with a 195.8 average. Final round is Sunday.
Colts promote Kelly, Johnson, waive Cain: Wide receiver Deon Cain started three games for the Colts this season but he's been waived ahead of Sunday's game against Miami. Quarterback Chad Kelly was promoted off the practice squad and will be Brian Hoyer's backup as Jacoby Brissett remains out with a knee injury. Receiver Marcus Johnson returns to the 53-man roster after spending the 2018 season with the Colts. Defensive tackle Kyle Peko was waived after being claimed on waivers earlier this week.
AROUND THE HORN
Justin Allgaier raced to his first NASCAR Xfinity Series victory of the season Saturday at ISM Raceway to advance to the championship finale. Allgaier will race Christopher Bell, Cole Custer and reigning champion Tyler Reddick for the title next Saturday at Homestead-Miami Speedway. ... Kyle Busch won the pole and all eight title contenders qualified in the top 10 for the final race to decide the championship field. Busch earned the top starting spot for Sunday's race at ISM Raceway outside of Phoenix.