Weekly Update: Huge upset for Syracuse of previously No. 2 ranked Clemson and NC State continues to rise


week 7 chapter updateSo Friday the 13th did prove to be something of a nightmare for a couple of Top 10 college football teams and served as a foreshadow of the weekend that was Week 7 of the 2017 season.

Syracuse coach Dino Babers picked up his signature victory as the Orange head coach in his second season in upstate New York after unranked Syracuse edged defending college football National Champion Clemson inside the Carrier Dome.

The previously No. 1 ranked Tigers suffered only their second loss against an unranked opponent in their last 51 attempts.

Led by quarterback Eric Dungey, who earned the Uplifting Athletes Rare Performance of the Week, Syracuse scored 27 points against a Clemson defense that held five of its previous six opponents to two or fewer touchdowns.

This was only the third loss for Clemson in its last 34 games dating back to the start of the 2015 season. The Tigers still control their own destiny, though. Remember, last year the Tigers lost to Pittsburgh during the regular season and still went on to claim the ACC and National titles.

Following the historic victory for the Orange, it was Clemson coach Dabo Swinney who stole the show. The Tigers’ skipper was extremely gracious in defeat.

Swinney was clearly happy for Babers after the game, seen mouthing “I’m so happy for you guys” to the Orange coach during the postgame handshake. And later he went into the Syracuse lockerroom to personally congratulate some of the players and even posed for pictures with them.

Meet University of Illinois Chapter President and Fighting Illini starting offensive lineman Nick Allegretti in our weekly Beyond The Trophy series.

It depends on the rankings, but at least three and in one case four of the Top 10 teams in the country lost in Week 7 including Clemson, Washington, Washington State and Auburn.

One of the teams on trending the other direction is the NC State Wolfpack, who improved to 6-1 after using a strong finish to close out Pittsburgh.

NC State is ranked inside the Top 20 (T16 in the AP and No. 17 in the coaches poll) for the first time since Week 2 of the 2003 season. That year the Wolpack were No. 14 overall before losing a road game at Wake Forest.

The Wolfpack are on a bye this week after notching win No. 6 in a row after losing to South Carolina in their opener. But a pair of elite programs, Notre Dame and Clemson, are on deck for NC State to close out October.

Coming off a tough home loss to undefeated defending Big Ten Champion Penn State, the Northwestern Wildcats clawed back to .500 on the strength of a strong second half to subdue Maryland.

RB Justin Jackson had a season-high 171 yards and a couple scores to go along with nearly 300 yards passing from QB Clayton Thorson to power the Wildcats.

Colgate used a season-high 166 yards and a touchdown from RB James Holland to overpower Fordham at home. The Raiders defense came up big too, limiting the Rams to only 64 rushing yards on 31 carries.

For the second week in a row Princeton cleared the 50-point barrier and improved to 4-1 overall. The Tigers outgained Brown 538-170 overall and led 36-0 at halftime.

Saint Francis QB Ben Fenimore tossed three touchdown passes for a Red Flash team that led 17-0 at intermission and improved to 2-0 in the NEC.

Stony Brook scored all 22 points in the second half, keyed by a pair of short touchdown runs by Donald Liotine, to rally past New Hampshire.

Cam Akers’ 42-yard touchdown run with 8:32 to play propelled Florida State past Duke for the Seminoles second win of the season. Akers finished with 115 yards on 15 carries.

WEEK 7 SCOREBOARD

Syracuse QB Eric Dungey cracks Clemson defense and steers Orange to huge upset victory to earn Uplifting Athletes Rare Performance of the Week


Clemson v SyracuseSyracuse orchestrated one of the biggest upsets in school history as a part of weekend in college football where three of the previous Top 10 teams in the country went down. But the victory by the Orange over defending National Champion Clemson was the biggest of them all.

Orange starting quarterback Eric Dungey has been very good all season, but he saved his best overall performance in 2017 for the Tigers. Dungey accounted for 339 of Syracuse’s 440 yards of total offense and threw three touchdowns in the stunning 27-24 victory to claim the Week 7 Uplifting Athletes Rare Performance of the Week.

Dungey hung 27 points on a defense that nobody prior to last Friday night had figured out how to crack. The 6-4, 220-pound junior completed 20 of 32 passes for 278 yards with a trio of TD passes. He also rushed 21 times for 61 yards and his scramble for a first down late iced the improbable victory.

The native of Oregon is fifth in the nation in total offense, averaging 354.5 yards per game. He has accounted 17 touchdowns this season (nine pass, eight rush) and thrown for more than 2,000 yards while completing nearly 65 percent of his passes with only four interceptions.

Previous Uplifting Athletes Rare Performance of the Week Winners

Week 1: RB Josh Adams, Notre Dame

Week 2: QB Ryan Finley, NC State

Week 3: QB Trace McSorley, Penn State

Week 4: RB Saquon Barkley, Penn State

Week 5: WR Ervin Philips, Syracuse

Week 6: QB Chad Kanoff, Princeton

2017 Beyond The Trophy: Meet Illinois OL and Chapter President Nick Allegretti


September 2 2017 Illinois vs Ball State Football. Home OpenerEach 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: Nick Allegretti

College: University of Illinois

Height, weight, class, position: 6-4, 320-pound junior offensive lineman

High School: Lincoln-Way East, Frankfort, Ill.

About Allegretti: Ever since he stepped on the field as a redshirt freshman in 2015, Allegretti has displayed the diversity to play both guard and center for the Illini. … Played in 11 games as a redshirt freshman at guard and center and also played defensive tackle in two games. … President of the Illinois Chapter of Uplifting Athletes and a two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection. … Started all 12 games in 2016 and is on the AFCA and Rimmington watch lists this season. … Has started at guard and center this season and has been voted a team captain for five of the six games so far.

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

Allegretti: Beating Nebraska on a last-minute touchdown drive at home.

What drove you to get involved with Uplifting Athletes, and what, if anything, has this experience done for you?

Allegretti: When I was younger my brother had a battle with leukemia so I have seen how hard it can be to battle tough diseases. My brother had leukemia and there were a lot of resources there to help him recover and get back to my healthy and happy brother. When I found out that there were diseases that did not have as much research and did not have as much help, I knew I had to do whatever I could to change it.

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

Allegretti: Singing the Alma Mater after a big win.

Who is your favorite NFL player and why?

Allegretti: Joe Thomas. He is the best offensive lineman to play since I truly started following football.

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

Allegretti: Teddy Roosevelt or Franklin D. Roosevelt. FDR was in office during the depression and WWII and he had an incredibly tough job that came with incredible decisions. I would love to hear his point of view on all the issues he experienced during his presidency. Teddy Roosevelt seems like one of the most interesting presidents that we have had and I feel like sitting with him and hearing stories about the Rough Riders would be amazing.

What is your favorite road stadium to play in and why?

Allegretti: Nebraska is a great game day atmosphere.

In your words, what are some of the things you are looking for in life after football or big goals for the future?

Allegretti: I am finishing up my undergraduate degree in accounting this semester and then continuing with my masters in accounting. After football is over I plan on taking the CPA and pursuing a career in public accounting.

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What is your perfect pizza?

Allegretti: Sausage and pepperoni

Last 3 songs you added to your playlist?

Allegretti: When it Rains It Pours by Luke Combs, In Color by Jamie Johnson, It’s a Great Day to Be Alive by Travis Tritt

Taylor Swift or Miley Cyrus?

Allegretti: Miley Cyrus

 If you could spend the day with any celebrity, who would it be?

Allegretti: Lebron James

What was the last movie you went to the theater and saw?

Allegretti: Dunkirk

In the Mountains or on a Beach?

Allegretti: Beach

 

 

 

 

 

Weekly Update: No. 3 ranked Penn State hits its bye unbeaten and No. 2 Clemson starts 6-0 for third year in a row


week 6 chapter updatePenn State set itself up well for the upcoming bye week followed by the teeth of its 2017 schedule by dispatching of fellow Uplifting Athletes chapter Northwestern.

The defending Big Ten champion Nittany Lions remained undefeated and moved up to the consensus No. 3 team in the country by scoring the first 31 points on the road against the Wildcats.

Junior quarterback Trace McSorley broke a school record that dated back to 1994 by throwing 15 completions in a row – surpassing the previous mark of 14 by Kerry Collins. McSorley finished 25 of 34 for 245 yards and a touchdown against a Northwestern defense that sold out to limit big plays.

Penn State’s defense continues to be a difference maker, as the Nittany Lions came up with three more turnovers and limited the Wildcats to fewer than 70 yards rushing on 30 attempts.

NC State announced itself as a player in the ACC by winning its fifth game in a row. The Wolfpack took out previously No. 17 ranked Louisville at home on a nationally televised Thursday night game. NC State is now ranked No. 20 in the country.

The Wolfpack piled up more than 500 yards of offense and pulled off the rare offensive trifecta – QB passing for 300 yards, RB hitting 100 yards and a wideout surpassing 100 yards.

Meet Syracuse University Chapter President and Orange quarterback Zack Mahoney in our weekly Beyond The Trophy series.

Princeton overcame a sluggish start against Georgetown, surrendering the opening 10 points to the Hoyas. The next 50 points belonged to the Tigers and by the middle of third quarter the third win of the season for Princeton was secure.

Tigers QB Chad Kanoff continued his assault on the school passing records, moving up to second all-time after throwing for 313 yards and four touchdowns to grab the Uplifting Athletes Rare Performance of the Week.

For the third season in a row defending National Champion Clemson Tigers started a season 6-0. QB Kelly Bryant left the game with an ankle injury but threw for 200 yards and a score before he departed.

Clemson led 28-0 before the Deamon Deacons put a couple scores on the board in the final 8 minutes. The Tigers won despite losing the turnover battle 2-0 and rolling up nine penalties for 79 yards.

Syracuse climbed back to .500 overall and in the ACC by holding off Pittsburgh at the Carrier Dome. The Orange dominated this game in every category except the scoreboard and ended up hanging on for dear life to get to 3-3 overall and 1-1 in the ACC.

QB Eric Dungy paced an offense that total 500 yards by throwing for 365 yards and a couple touchdowns. Three wide receivers, Devin Butler, Ervin Philips and Ravian Pierce, each had at least seven catches and combined for 24 grabs. The Syracuse defense allowed only two touchdowns and less than 360 yards of total offense.

Facing some adversity at the quarterback position, Notre Dame rode a defense that forced three turnovers and limited struggling North Carolina to 265 total yards to post a comfortable three-score victory over the 1-5 Tar Heels.

The Irish turned to the ground game behind the combination of Josh Adams and Deon McIntosh. The duo combined for 242 yards on 25 carries with three touchdowns to power a rushing attack that totaled 341 yards and average 6.0 per carry.

WEEK 6 SCOREBOARD

Princeton Tigers QB Chad Kanoff continues assault on school passing records to earn Uplifting Athletes Rare Performance of the Week


Princeton football vs. BrownPrinceton Tigers quarterback Chad Kanoff continued his assault on the school passing records by moving into second on the all-time passer list in a victory over Georgetown.

Kanoff completed 86.2 percent of his passes and threw four touchdown passes to help the Tigers shake off a sluggish start. His performance allowed the California native to earn the Uplifting Athletes Rare Performance of the Week.

Kanoff completed 25 of 29 passes for 313 yards to give him 5,269 career passing yards. His four touchdown passes against the Hoyas covered 63, 13, 5 and 1 yards. The accuracy is nothing new for Kanoff this season. He’s averaging better than 70 percent and his NCAA QB rating is a stellar 162.4.

Becoming the all-time leading passer at Princeton is a long shot for Kanoff, but he has a chance. Doug Butler owns the record with 7,291 yards. Kanoff needs to average 337 yards per game over the final six contests. He’s averaged 308 yards per game so far this season.

Previous Player of the Week Winners

Week 1: RB Josh Adams, Notre Dame

Week 2: QB Ryan Finley, NC State

Week 3: QB Trace McSorley, Penn State

Week 4: RB Saquon Barkley, Penn State

Week 5: WR Ervin Philips, Syracuse

2017 Beyond The Trophy: Meet Syracuse QB Zack Mahoney


MAHONEY 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: Zack Mahoney

College: Syracuse University

Height, weight, class, position: 6-2, 217-pound senior quarterback

High School: Lyons Township in LaGrange Park, Illinois

About Mahoney: After one year playing at a junior college, Mahoney enrolled at Syracuse as a walk-on in January 2015. … Has appeared in 18 career game with seven starts and has thrown for nearly 1,500 yards with 15 touchdowns. … Three of his seven career starts are against Top 25 teams. … Was given a scholarship prior to 2016 season. … Shares the school record for touchdown passes in a single game with five. … President of the Syracuse Chapter and a current member of SAAC.

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

Mahoney: My most memorable experience was receiving a scholarship from Coach (Dino) Babers.

What drove you to get involved with Uplifting Athletes, and what, if anything, has this experience done for you?

Mahoney: I have a friend back home, Blake, who has a rare disease, Niemann Pic-C, and I have seen how rare diseases affect families first hand. I wanted to be able to help those in the Syracuse area who were going through something similar to Blake. This experience has really opened my eyes up to the true power of sports and the impact it has on our communities.

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

Mahoney: Running out of the tunnel. There is no feeling like running out of some smoke to 30,000 screaming fans.

Who is your favorite NFL player and why?

Mahoney: Tom Brady. He was questioned a lot coming out of college and did nothing but work hard to become the greatest NFL quarterback of all time.

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

Mahoney: Big Cat and PFT. They are some true football guys guys. I think it would be a very entertaining meal.

What is your favorite road stadium to play in and why?

Mahoney: Clemson. They had a very nice atmosphere and it was one of the nicer road fields I have played on.

In your words, what are some of the things you are looking for in life after football or big goals for the future?

Mahoney: I want to play football for as a long as I can. I want football to be a part of my life for as long as I am living. With all that being said, I would also love to help as many people as I can through the power of football.

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What is your perfect pizza?

Mahoney: Girodano’s, Chicago deep dish pizza

Last 3 songs you added to your playlist?

Mahoney: AC/DC: Thunderstruck, Cardi B: Bodak Yellow, Jesse McCartney: Beautiful Soul

Taylor Swift or Miley Cyrus?

Mahoney: Miley Cyrus

 If you could spend the day with any celebrity, who would it be?

Mahoney: Rob Gronkowski, he is a wonderful football player and really knows how to send it

What was the last movie you went to the theater and saw?

Mahoney: Hitman’s Bodyguard, our coach made us go see it

In the Mountains or on a Beach?

Mahoney: Beach

What’s the last picture you took with your phone?

Mahoney: A picture of my dog

 

Weekly Update: Second straight road win for Nebraska Cornhuskers and 2017 Touchdown Pledge Drive wraps up


WEEK 5 GRAPHICThank you, on behalf of the rare disease community we serve, to the 15 schools that participated in the 2017 Uplifting Athletes Touchdown Pledge Drive during the final three weeks in September.

The support from the college football student-athlete chapter leaders and donor to raise awareness and funds for rare diseases is appreciated. We couldn’t have done it without you!

Nebraska made it two road victories in a row by visiting fellow Uplifting Athletes Chapter Illinois for a Friday night Big Ten affair at Memorial Stadium. The Huskers defense put on a show, limiting the Fighting Illini to only a pair of field goals.

Linebacker Chris Weber, the Nebraska Chapter President, had a monster game with nine tackles that included six solo stops. He also had two tackles for a loss and one sack. Offensively, the Huskers piled up 411 total yards led by 246 yards and three touchdowns from QB Tanner Lee.

Penn State used a combination of defense and special teams to grab a 28-0 first-quarter lead on Indiana and cruised to a 31-point victory. The Nittany Lions forced four turnovers including a scoop-and-score by the special teams on a Hooisers punt return.

Linebacker Jason Cabinda paced a PSU defense that limited Indiana to its lowest point total of the season by recording 14 tackles, 1.5 TFL and one sack. QB Trace McSorley threw for 315 yards and a couple scores. WR DeSean Hamilton became the No. 1 receiver in school history with nine catches for 122 yards and three touchdowns.

Meet Clemson University Chapter President and Tigers kicker Christian Groomes in our weekly Beyond The Trophy series.

Colgate freshman quarterback Grant Breneman accounted for all three Raiders touchdowns in a road victory at Cornell. Breneman threw a pair of TD passes and rushed for another score. The Colgate defense came up with four interceptions that went a long way to the Raiders notching victory No. 2 of the season.

Joe Carbone threw for 182 yards with one touchdown and RB Stacey Bedell added 104 yards and a score on the ground to power Stony Brook to a huge Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) road victory over William & Mary. The Seawolves are 3-0 in the CAA and 4-1 overall with their only loss coming to FBS nationally ranked USF in Tampa in their opener.

Saint Francis used two touchdown passes from QB Bear Fenimore and 105 yards from RB Jymere Jordan-Toney to edge Liberty on the road in Virginia to improve to 3-1 overall.

Defending National Champion Clemson posted its second major road victory in as many weeks by traveling to Blacksburg, Virginia and subduing previously undefeated and nationally ranked Virginia Tech.

Dorian Daniel salted away another strong outing for the Tigers by returning an interception 22 yards for a touchdown early in the fourth quarter to give Clemson a 31-10 lead. QB Kelly Bryant totaled 280 yards of offense with one touchdown and led the Tigers in rushing with 94 yards.

Maryland RB Ty Johnson ripped off a 34-yard touchdown run with 70 seconds remaining to cap a solid 262-yard outing for the Terrapins on the ground. Johnson’s touchdown vaulted Maryland to a one-touchdown victory over Minnesota. The road victory featured Maryland using its third quarterback of the season.

Georgia Tech rolled up more than 400 rushing yards and cruised past winless North Carolina to improve to 3-1 overall and 2-0 in the ACC. QB TaQuon Marshall and RB KirVonte Benson combined for 267 yards and two touchdowns on 45 carries.

NC State held off a furious second-half comeback by fellow Uplifting Athletes Chapter Syracuse to hang on for a big ACC home victory. The Wolfpack led 26-7 at intermission. Syracuse WR Ervin Philips set a Syracuse and ACC single-game record with 17 receptions to earn the Uplifting Athletes Rare Performance of the Week award.

Washington is poised to make another strong run at a second straight Pac-12 title with a 5-0 start. The Huskies used 293 yards and three touchdowns from QB Jake Browning and WR Dante Pettis hauled in 12 pass for 105 yards with all three Browning TD passes going his way in a blowout win over Oregon State on the road.

Florida State picked up its first win of the season behind a late TD pass from QB James Blackman to WR Auden Tate covering 40 yards inside the final minute to edge Wake Forest on the road.

QB Brandon Wimbush threw for three touchdowns and added another on the ground as Notre Dame raced out to a 45-14 halftime lead over Miami (Ohio) from the MAC at home. The Fighting Irish improved to 4-1 overall.

Chapter Scoreboard Week 5