Davidson scoring 91 points and setting numerous NCAA FCS and school records highlights Week 3 Chapter Update


week 3 MailchimpFor the first time since 2000 the Davidson football program is off to a 3-0 start. The Wildcats under first-year head coach Scott Abell picked up their third win in as many games in record-setting style.

Playing their scheduled game with Guilford two days early because of Hurricane Florence, Davidson assaulted the NCAA FCS and school record book to the tune of two national record and eight school marks in scoring 91 points against a team that scored 61 for the second consecutive week.

To learn more details about the records Davidson set, check out the Uplifting Athletes Rare Performance of the Week Award.

All those records are nice, but the only number that matters for Davidson is adding another victory to its 2018 to ledger after the Wildcats won only four games the last two years combined.

Northwestern Chapter leader Peter Snodgrass is featured this week in our Beyond The Trophy series.

Syracuse: The Orange won for the first time without the full services of starting quarterback Eric Dungey, who went down with an injury in the second quarter and did not return. Back-up signal caller Tommy DeVito came off the bench to complete 11 of 16 passes for 144 yards with a touchdown and the Syracuse defense limited Florida State to fewer than 250 total yards to improve to 3-0.

Penn State: Senior quarterback Trace McSorley accounted for five touchdowns (three rushing, two passing), went over 1,000 rushing yards for his career and became the Nittany Lions all-time leading rushing touchdown leader for quarterbacks in a blowout of Kent State.

Stony Brook: Backstopped by a defense that limited Fordham to minus-7 yards rushing to win its second game in a row after dropping the opener. Jordan Gowins and Donald Liotine each eclipsed 100 yards on the ground with a touchdown for the Seawolves.

Clemson: Tigers defensive end Clelin Ferrell helped the Tigers defense shut down Georgia Southern’s offense with a pair of sacks, 2.5 tackles for a loss and seven total tackles. The Eagles finished with fewer than 150 total yards against a Clemson offense that rolled up nearly 600 total yards.

Western Michigan: The Broncos piled up more than 500 total yards of offense and 68 points to win its first game of the season. Western Michigan’s defense not only shut out the Hornets, but limited them to five first downs and 123 yards. QB Jon Wassink spread the ball around to seven different receivers to finish with 286 yards and a couple touchdowns.

Notre Dame: The Fighting Irish continue to win games despite struggles putting points on the board. The Notre Dame defense produced three key turnovers and held Vanderbilt to fewer than 100 yards on the ground to improve to 3-0.

Princeton: This is the 150th season of football for the Tigers and Princeton opened with style by scoring 44 first-half points. WR Jesper Horsted had a monster opening two quarters with seven catches for 140 yards and a pair of touchdowns. RB Charlie Volker chipped in with 162 on only 14 carries with two touchdowns as well.

Chapter Scoreboard Week 3

Northwestern Chapter leader and long snapper Peter Snodgrass featured this week for 2018 Beyond The Trophy series


SNODGRASS 1Each week during the college football season we will feature a player who is an officer for an Uplifting Athletes Chapter for our Beyond the Trophy series.

 Name: Peter Snodgrass

College: Northwestern University

Height, weight, class, position: 6-0, 205 pound redshirt sophomore long snapper

High School: Palo Alto HS, Palo Alto, Calif.

About Snodgrass: A highly decorated high school linebacker, center and long snapper, Snodgrass is in his second season at Northwestern and is the No. 2 long snapper on the depth chart for the Wildcats. … Serves in a leadership position for the Northwestern Football Chapter of Uplifting Athletes. … Snodgrass was a team captain all four years of high school, is an Eagle Scout and was a President’s Gold Award honoree for community service.

What is your most memorable experience as a college football player?

Snodgrass: Beating Michigan State in triple overtime last season.

What drove you to get involved with Uplifting Athletes?

Snodgrass: Trey Klock, our chapter president, was a teammate I looked up to on the team. He told me about Uplifting Athletes and how it allows us to use our influence as football players to help raise awareness and support the rare disease community. As soon as I learned more about Uplifting Athletes, I realized I needed to get involved to support those I know with rare diseases.

What have you learned from your experience with Uplifting Athletes?

Snodgrass: I have learned how to organize and lead my teammates to tackle rare diseases. Our voice, as college football players, carries a lot of weight. People take notice to what college football players are doing, and I believe it’s my duty to utilize this voice to support a cause I believe in.

As a player, what is your favorite part of the game day experience at your home stadium?

Snodgrass: My favorite experience is running out of the tunnel for the opening kickoff. Every time I do this, I feel like I am 6 years old living out my dream.

Who is your favorite NFL player and why?

Snodgrass: Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo because I am trusting him to bring the 49ers back to the glory days.

If you could have lunch with any one person (dead or alive), who would you choose and why?

Snodgrass: William Campbell. He coached football at and played football for Columbia then went on to become known as the “Coach of Silicon Valley”. He was a trailblazer who believed personal relationships mattered more than the politics of business.

What is your favorite road stadium you ever played in and why?

Snodgrass: Nebraska because we won in overtime and the environment there was electric.

HOT SEAT QUESTIONS

What is your perfect pizza?

Snodgrass: Pepperoni, Mushrooms, Sausage, and Onions.

Last 3 songs you added to your playlist?

Snodgrass: Dark Necessities by Red Hot Chili Peppers; Beautiful Escape by Tom Misch and Good Intentions by Disclosure.

What is your go-to fast food restaurant?

Snodgrass: In-n-Out Burger.

 Favorite sports team (any sport)?

Snodgrass: San Francisco 49ers.

What is the most used app on your phone?

Snodgrass: Twitter.

No. 1 goal for yourself in 5 years?

Snodgrass: To be happy.

 

Davidson sets pair of NCAA FCS records and smashes eight school marks in historic victory to earn Uplifting Athletes Rare Performance of the Week honors


DAVIDSON 1For the first time since 2000 the Davidson football program is off to a 3-0 start. The Wildcats stayed unbeaten with a record smashing performance against Guilford in a 91-61 victory last Thursday night in a game that was moved up because of Hurricane Florence.

This school and FCS record setting performance, which included three blocked kicks by one player, earns the entire Davidson Wildcats team the Uplifting Athletes Rare Performance of the Week.

Among the records set in this wild contest that featured 1,662 yards of total combined offense, Davidson now owns the NCAA FCS record for total yards in a single game (964) and rushing yards in a single game (685). The previous benchmark for total yards was Weber State’s 876 set in 1991 and the rushing yards record was four yard better than Missouri State’s 681.

Both of those numbers shattered long-standing school records that date back to 1946 and 1921, respectively.

The ‘Cats 15.5 yards-per-play nearly doubled the previous school mark of 8.3 set in 1979. In addition to the total yards, rushing yards and yards-per-play, the other Davidson records set include: yards in a half (525), points in a half (57), touchdowns in a game (13), rushing touchdowns in a game (10) and blocked kicks in a game (four).

Speaking of blocked kicks, senior defensive end Corey Coppola was named the Pioneer Football League Special Teams Player of the Week after the West Virginia native blocked a pair of extra points and a punt to give him four blocked kicks already this season.

Previous Uplifting Athletes Rare Performance of the Week Winners

Week 1: Eric Dungey, Syracuse

Week 2: William Wicks, Davidson

 

Second-half rally pushes Maryland to 2-0 and highlights Week 2 Chapter Update


Week 2 Newsletter MailchimpSuffering from a bit of a hangover after pulling off an upset of Texas in its opener, Maryland found itself on the road and trailing Bowling Green at halftime.

The Terps had little trouble moving the ball in the opening two quarters, but a plethora of penalties stalled Maryland drives and kept the offense from putting points on the board.

That changed in the second half for the Terrapins, as Maryland finally took the lead late in the third quarter then used it’s fierce running game to pile on 28 fourth-quarter points to outscore the Falcons 35-0 the second half.

In a year charged with emotion following a turbulent offseason, Maryland is 2-0 and hosts winless Temple before embarking on its nine-game Big Ten schedule for 2018.

Ty Johnson and Tayon Fleet-Davis combined for 226 of the Terrapins 444 rushing yards with three fourth-quarter touchdowns.

Davidson: Sparked by a pair of 100-yard rushers the Wildcats stayed almost exclusively on the ground against Division II Chowan and piled up 426 rushing yards to improve to 2-0. Slot back William Wicks had 132 of those yards on only nine carries, but three of those totes went for touchdowns to earn the junior Uplifting Athletes Rare Performance of the Week honors.

Clemson: The No. 2 ranked Tigers went on the road to College Station and received a full test from Texas A&M. The Aggies scored the final 13 points powered by QB Kellen Mond throwing for 430 yards and three scores. Despite Mond’s late heroics, it was Clemson QB Kelly Bryant’s clutch throws and dual threat that allowed the Tigers to hold on.

Catch up with Clemson Chapter leader Patrick Godfrey in the 2018 debut of Uplifting Athletes Beyond The Trophy series.

Illinois: Another slow first-half start offensively didn’t keep the Fighting Illini from getting to 2-0 this season with 20 second-half points including a blocked punt returned for a touchdown by the Illinois special teams. Back-up quarterback M.J. Rivers came in for injured starter AJ Bush and threw for 105 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

Stony Brook: The Seawolves built a 20-0 lead, but saw visiting Bryant rally to take the lead just past the midway point of the third quarter. Stony Brook responded with the final 30 points to get the FCS nationally ranked Seawolves their first win of the season.

Penn State: Fueled by a defense that got off to a rough start but closed with a bang by recording 10 tackles for a loss and four sacks, the Nittany Lions shredded in-state rival Pitt on the road.

Saint Francis: Red Flash quarterback Bear Fenimore rallied his squad after they fell behind early with four consecutive scoring drives in the first quarter to grab a comfortable 28-7 lead after 15 minutes. Fenimore finished with 201 passing yards with a pair of touchdowns and two rushing scores.

Baylor: After winning only one game in his debut as Baylor head coach last year, Matt Ruhle’s Bears are off to a 2-0 start this season. Sophomore QB Charlie Brewer, part of a two-quarterback rotation, threw for 328 yards and three touchdowns.

Syracuse: Orange quarterback Eric Dungey continues to pile up records, tying the Syracuse record for the most touchdown passes in a game with five in a cruise-control victory over FCS opponent Wagner in the home opener.

Colgate: Raiders quarterback Grant Breneman plunged over from 1 yard out early in the second quarter for the only touchdown of the game in a defensive battle. The teams combined for fewer than 500 yards of total offense.

NC State: The deep receiving corps of the Wolfpack is paying dividends, as despite early injuries NC State continues to pile up points in the passing game. QB Ryan Finley threw for 370 yards and former walk-on wide receiver Thayer Thomas had nine grabs for 114 yards including a highlight-reel one-handed touchdown grab.

Florida State: New Seminoles head coach Willie Taggart picked up his first victory thanks to 320 passing yards and three touchdowns from Deondre Fancois including the game winner with 4:03 to play to rally FSU past FCS Samford.

 

 

Davidson slot back William Wicks scores three times on nine carries to earn Uplifting Athletes Rare Performance of the Week honors


WICKSOn a day when Davidson College was content to keep the ball on the ground against NCAA Division II Chowan, the Wildcats had 11 runners combine for 58 carries and more than 400 rushing yards to power Davidson to a 49-28 victory to start the season 2-0.

William Wicks, a 5-9, 172-pound versatile slot back for Davidson, was one of two Wildcats who cracked the 100-yard barrier against the Hawks.

Wicks carried only nine times, but three of those went for touchdowns before the 9-minute mark of the second quarter to earn the Davidson junior the Uplifting Athletes Rare Performance of the Week.

The native of Fayetteville, NC finished with 132 yards on the ground and averaged a staggering 14.7 yards per carry thanks to touchdowns runs covering 60 and 38 yards before his 5-yard dash at the 9:50 mark of the second quarter gave the Wildcats a 28-7 lead.

Wicks and Wildcats sophomore running back Wesley Dugger combined to rush for 285 of Davidson’s 426 yards on only 25 carries with four touchdowns.

Previous Uplifting Athletes Rare Performance of the Week Winners

Week 1: Eric Dungey, Syracuse

 

Clemson Chapter leader and offensive lineman Patrick Godfrey kicks off 2018 Beyond The Trophy series


GODFREYEach week during the college football season we will feature a player who is an officer for an Uplifting Athletes Chapter for our Beyond the Trophy series.

Name: Patrick Godfrey

College: Clemson University

Height, weight, class, position: 6-2, 270-pound senior offensive lineman

High School: Harborfields HS in Greenlawn, N.Y.

About Godfrey: The native of New York had a preferred walk-on offer from Stony Brook University and other FCS schools were interested in the offensive lineman. Godfrey wanted something different, though. He wanted the big-time college football experience of the Deep South and chose to Clemson a shot. He was accepted, tried out for the team and made it as a walk-on. Prior to the 2017 season Godfrey was awarded a scholarship by head coach Dabo Swinney. … He graduated with an economics degree in less than three years and is a graduate student. … Godfrey has appeared in 16 games for the Tigers heading into this season with more than 60 snaps to his credit. Last year he appeared in 13 games for Clemson.

What is your most memorable experience as a college football player?

Godfrey: My most memorable experience as a college football player was running down the hill against Notre Dame. I grew up a die-hard Irish fan, and it was only my second time ever running down the hill. Add to that the hurricane conditions and massive stakes of the contest, and you have a truly unforgettable moment.

What drove you to get involved with Uplifting Athletes?

Godfrey: My best friend was already involved. I saw the profound impact his work with the Rare Disease community had on him and I wanted in.

What have you learned from your experience with Uplifting Athletes?

Godfrey: I’ve learned that as Division 1 athletes we have an incredible platform, and that the best thing to do with that is to look out for those who might not have a big voice for themselves. The Rare Disease Community needs more advocates, and I’m happy to join the fight.

As a player, what is your favorite part of the game day experience at your home stadium?

Godfrey: Running down the hill. It really is the “most exciting 25 seconds in college football.”

Who is your favorite NFL player and why?

Godfrey: My favorite NFL player is Peyton Manning. His incredible work ethic was always something that I admired- I try to go above and beyond in whatever I do in the same manner he did with film study.

If you could have lunch with any one person (dead or alive), who would you choose and why?

Godfrey: I would have lunch with Ronald Reagan. I’m an economics guy and I loved his fiscal platform.

What is your favorite road stadium you ever played in and why?

Godfrey: Virginia Tech- that place was absolutely wild. The whole stadium shook for Enter Sandman and those fans berated us start to finish.

2017 video of Godfrey sharing the story of receiving his scholarship

 HOT SEAT QUESTIONS

What is your perfect pizza?

Godfrey: Little Vincent’s Cold Cheese in Huntington, NY.

 Last 3 songs you added to your playlist?

Godfrey: All Bob Seger: Night Moves, Mainstreet and Old Time Rock n’ Roll.

 What is your go-to fast food restaurant?

Godfrey: Wendy’s 4 for 4- great deal, great food.

 Favorite sports team (any sport)?

Godfrey: The New York Football Giants.

 What is the most used app on your phone?

Godfrey: Instagram. I’m addicted to checking my newsfeed.

No. 1 goal for yourself in 5 years?

Godfrey: Become the family man that my Father is, by keeping God first.

Western Michigan and Syracuse Rare Disease Awareness Game highlights Week 1 Chapter Update


WEEK 1 GRAPHICWestern Michigan and Syracuse football programs joined forces Friday night for their wild season opener to make the game an Uplifting Athletes Rare Disease Awareness Game.

Players from each team wore Uplifting Athletes stickers on their helmets in support of the Rare Disease Community.

During the first quarter, rare disease patient Chloe Hunt from Alagille Syndrome Alliance, along with her mother and 14-year-old twin sister, joined the teams on the field and were recognized.

Prior to the game Chloe and her family were given a tour of the Western Michigan football facilities and were also able to meet the Syracuse players and coaching staff in the tunnel before warm-ups.

The game itself was a tale of two halves, as the Orange raced out to a comfortable 27-point halftime lead before the Broncos put together a furious second-half rally that made Syracuse insert starting quarterback Eric Dungey back into the game.

Western Michigan had no answer for Dungey, as the senior rang up 384 total yards of offense and three touchdowns. His 200 rushing yards was a single-game school and ACC record for yards on the ground by a quarterback and earned Dungey the Uplifting Athletes Rare Performance of the Week.

Penn State: The Nittany Lions used a little veteran savvy from quarterback Trace McSorley and the playmaking ability of newcomer K.J. Hamler to escape the legitimate upset bid of Appalachian State with an improbable overtime victory. Seven plays after Hamler returned a kickoff 52 yards, McSorley hit the redshirt freshman for a 15-yard touchdown pass inside the final minute to force overtime.

Northwestern: Strong first-half performances by running back Jeremy Larkin and quarterback Clayton Thorson allowed the Wildcats to score all 31 of their points in the first half to hold off Purdue on the road. Northwestern winning another close game is no real surprise.

Illinois: Behind the stellar second-half by dual-threat quarterback AJ Bush the Fighting Illini rallied from a 14-point halftime deficit to edge Kent State for its 21st consecutive victory in the home opener. Bush finished with 329 of the Illin’s 469 total yards (190 passing and 139 rushing). Reggie Corbin’s 1-yard plunge with 10:39 to play was the difference.

Notre Dame: The Fighting Irish landed some big-play haymakers early and built a 21-10 lead then turned it over the Notre Dame defense to slam the door on Michigan in a marquee Week 1 match-up. The ND defense limited Michigan to 307 total yards and forced a pair of key turnovers. Te’von Coney and Khalid Kareem combined for 19 tackles, three tackles for loss and two sacks to pace the Fighting Irish defense.

Baylor: Using a balanced attack offensively, 295 rushing and 311 passing, allowed the Bears to race to a comfortable non-conference victory that snapped Baylor’s eight-game losing skid at home. Three of the Bears’ first four touchdowns covered 20 or more yards.

Davidson: The Wildcats overcame weather delays with a fast start fueled by RB Wesley Dugger’s 67-yard scamper for a touchdown on the third snap of the game. Davidson rolled up more than 400 yards of offense and scored all 34 of its points in the first half.

Maryland: The Terrapins came up huge for the second year in a row in the opener, stunning previously No. 23 ranked Texas. Maryland coughed up an early 24-7 lead and had to rally in the fourth quarter to come from behind. The Terrapins forced three turnovers in the final 6:09 and scored the final 10 points to post an emotionally charged victory.

NC State: Junior wide receiver Jakobi Meyers posted a career-high 14 catches for 161 yards to help the Wolfpack hold off FCS power James Madison. NC State was a slick 11-for-16 on third-down conversions and its defense allowed only one touchdown.

Colgate: Behind 194 passing yards and two touchdowns from sophomore QB Grant Breneman the Raiders were able to edge Holy Cross to record their eighth consecutive win over the Crusaders. Colgate had to hold off a late rally from Holy Cross, after building a 24-0 halftime lead.

Clemson: As expected, the Tigers went to 33-0 against FCS opponents behind strong efforts from both of its quarterbacks in easily dispatching of Furman by 41 points.

Lehigh: Running back Dominick Bragalone rushed for 139 yards and three touchdowns and the Mountain Hawks’ Jon Seighman blocked a 30-yard field goal attempt with 33 seconds remaining to hold off fellow Uplifting Athletes Chapter Saint Francis.

STAY TUNED NEXT WEEK FOR OUR WEEKLY BEYOND THE TROPHY SERIES!

WEEK 1 SCOREBOARD