sorry for my last message.. i misunderstood you..

the response to xhttp.responseText and xhttp.responseXML came back as it should.. the same in IE as in all other broswers.. however, i think IE just doesnt like the way im pulling text out of my variables.. like this..

var PittLoses = x[i+4].textContent;
var PittOTWins = x[i+5].textContent;

its really the only thing i can think of at this point. thanks for all your help man.