Here is the latest Mid-America sports news from The Associated Press

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi is beginning to settle into a run-oriented offensive identity. Freshman quarterback John Rhys Plumlee rushed for 165 yards to lead a 413-yard rushing attack in a 31-6 rout of Vanderbilt. With Plumlee replacing injured quarterback Matt Corral Ole Miss has rushed for 692 yards over its last two games. The Rebels play Missouri on Saturday.

ATLANTA (AP) — The Braves are back at home for a decisive postseason game, which is not necessarily a good omen. Over the years, Atlanta is the place where other teams come to celebrate in October. The St. Louis Cardinals hope to continue that trend when they face the Braves in decisive Game 5 of the NL Division Series. The pitching matchup will be a rematch of Game 2, when Atlanta’s Mike Foltynewicz outdueled Jack Flaherty of the Cardinals for a 3-0 victory.

AMES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa State has been searching all season for a primary ball carrier. The Cyclones might have found their guy in quarterback Brock Purdy. He gave Iowa State the boost it was looking for in its ground game in a blowout win over TCU. Purdy ran for 102 yards and two touchdowns in leading Iowa State past the Horned Frogs 49-24. Next up is a trip to play West Virginia on Saturday.

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The PGA Tour Champions has announced a new tournament for St. Louis, the first for the 50-and-older circuit in the area since 2001. The Ascension Charity Classic will be played in 2020 the first weekend of October at Norwood Hills Country Club.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa’s offense surrendered eight sacks in last week’s 10-3 loss at Michigan. Penn State is next for the No. 17 Hawkeyes on Saturday night. The Nittany Lions lead the nation in sacks. The Hawkeyes know the blueprint is there for Penn State and everyone else. They are focused on addressing the problems in practice so they don’t have a repeat against Penn State.

UNDATED (AP) — The XFL has released season-ticket prices and the draft process for its eight teams. League President Jeffrey Pollack says one of the primary goals is providing fans with an experience that is affordable. Nearly three-quarters of season ticket prices for the eight teams are $50 or less per game. Next week’s draft will be in five phases and will take place over two days.

UNDATED (AP) — It’s been a tough month for major league relief pitchers, with bullpens often getting tagged in the playoffs. Carlos Martinez, Mark Melancon, Sean Doolittle and Ryan Pressly are among the pitchers who’ve been hit hard. Overall, relievers have a 5.85 ERA so far in the AL Division Series and NLDS.

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