Baylor pulls off upset of Oklahoma State highlights Week 9 Chapter Upate


BAYLOR GRAPHICIn his second season in charge at Baylor, head coach Matt Ruhle declared the goal for this season was to become bowl eligible. The Bears were 1-11 a year ago and are in the midst of a massive program re-build.

What might be considered normal preseason coach speak was exactly what Ruhle believed was possible for this team. And with an impressive home upset of Oklahoma State in come-from-behind fashion, Baylor is one victory away from achieving that goal.

Quarterback Charlie Brewer, who didn’t start but entered the game in the second half on the heels of spending time in concussion protocol during the week, led the Bears on three touchdown drives in the final 16 minutes.

Brewer completed only four passes, but his final one to Denzel Mims covered six yards for a touchdown with 7 seconds remaining to give Baylor a dramatic come-from-behind victory. It was Mims’ only catch of the day after sitting out almost the entire game with an illness.

Nick Rinella goes old-school and does a little bit of everything for Saint Francis to earn Uplifting Athletes Rare Performance of the Week honors

Princeton: The No. 17 ranked Tigers moved to 8-0 for the first time since 1995 and took over sole possession of first place in the Ivy League with an emotional and dramatic come-from-behind victory over No. 20 Dartmouth in a battle of two previously unbeaten squads. In a game dominated by defense, Princeton QB John Lovett powered over from the 5-yard-line with 6:33 to play for the winning touchdown. Dartmouth held a 9-7 lead for nearly two quarters after notching a safety in very early stages of the second quarter.

Colgate: The No. 11 ranked Raiders wrapped up their 10th Patriot League title and third in the last four years with perhaps its best showing of the season, a 41-0 blanking of Fordham. Colgate scored 14 points in the first quarter and led 31-0 at halftime. The Raiders not only rushed for a season-high 364 yards – best total since 2012 – but the Colgate defense set a program record by limiting the Rams to minus-50 yards rushing. The shutout was No. 5 on the season for the Raiders, who have not surrendered a touchdown since the 6:59 mark of the fourth quarter in the season opener against Holy Cross. That’s a streak of nearly 430 minutes.

Illinois: Led by a running game that gashed Minnesota for a 430 yards – the most since 2010 – the Orange and Blue improved to 4-5 overall this season. Junior running back Reggie Corbin racked up a career-high 213 yards on just 13 carries (16.4 yards per carry). Corbin found a hole on the Illini’s second offensive snap of the game and outraced the Gopher defense for a 72-yard touchdown to put Illinois in front for good. Corbin also added a 77-yard touchdown in the third quarter, giving him four runs of 70-plus yards on the year.

Syracuse: Playing as a ranked team for the first time since 2001, the Orange pounded Wake Forest by running the ball 60 times for 264 yards and five touchdowns on the ground. A little sluggish early, Syracuse fell behind 10-0 early, but responded with 28 unanswered points to seize control. The road victory was the first in the ACC for the Orange since 2016.

Saint Francis: Using a defense that notched four turnovers, three sacks and nine tackles for a loss, the Red Flash won back-to-back games for the first time this season. Junior safety Nick Rinella led Saint Francis in rushing yards, tackles and kick returns yards. He also iced this game with a late fourth-quarter interception in the end zone.

Catch up with Saint Francis Chapter leader Nick Rinella in the latest installment of our Beyond The Trophy Series

Lehigh: Sophomore wide receiver Jorge Portorreal had a career-high nine catches for 216 yards and a pair of touchdowns to pace a Mountain Hawks offense that piled up 550 yards and scored 45 points to end Lehigh’s seven-game losing streak.

Clemson: The Tigers offense exploded for a season-high 77 points to move to 9-0 and remain square in the middle of the College Football Playoff picture as the consensus No. 2 ranked team in the country. The run game powered the Tigers offensively, accounting for 492 of the 661 total yards. Travis Etienne, Lyn-J Dixon and Tavien Feaster each eclipsed 100 yards rushing and combined for four touchdowns. It was the second time this season a trio of Clemson running backs went over the 100-yard mark in the same game.

Penn: For the second game in a row the Quakers defense allowed only a single touchdown, and the offense scored 17 second-half points to nudge past Cornell. The defense for the 6-2 Quakers limited Cornell to 317 total yards while recording eight tackles for a loss and three sacks.

NC State: Freshman running back Ricky Person, Jr. scored three touchdowns and kicker Christopher Dunn kicked four field goals as the duo combined for 35 points in a victory over Florida State that halted the Wolfpack’s two-game slide. NC State is bowl eligible for the fifth consecutive season. Person’s three touchdowns is the most for a freshman since 2013.

Notre Dame: Fighting Irish quarterback Ian Book overcame a sluggish first half to rally undefeated Notre Dame on the road against Northwestern. Book was 15 of 19 for 236 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the second half. He finished with 399 total yards for the Irish (343 passing, 56 rushing) including a 23-yard touchdown run to ice the victory with 2:45 to play.

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Illinois claims first Big Ten victory since 2016 to highlight Week 6 Chapter Update


WEEK 6 GRAPHICIllinois has already won more games in 2018 than it did all of last year when the Fighting Illini ran past Rutgers by 21 points on the road.

The Illini are now 3-2 overall and the triumph over the Scarlet Knights ended a 13-game losing streak in the Big Ten Conference.

Prior to Saturday, the last conference victory for Illinois came over Michigan State in November of 2016.

The key against Rutgers was a commitment to the ground game that produced a pair of 100-yard rushers and the Illini defense forcing turnovers.

Illinois picked off three passes against Rutgers, including the first pass attempt of the game, and now has 10 interceptions in five games.

Catch up with Stony Brook Chapter leader Marc Nolan in the latest installment of our Beyond The Trophy Series

Northwestern: The Wildcats ended their three-game slide by improving to 2-0 on the road and knocking Michigan State out of the Top 25 for the second year in a row. QB Clayton Thorson had four total touchdowns (3 passing, 1 rushing) and Northwestern head football coach Pat Fitzgerald picked up victory No. 50 in the Big Ten Conference.

Baylor: Kicker Connor Martin had a brutal day for the Bears until it came time to kick the winning field goal. Martin, who had already misfired on three field goals and an extra point, provided Baylor with victory No. 4 this season by nailing a 29-yard field goal in the closing seconds to knock off Kansas State.

Princeton: From the start of the second quarter when it was a 7-7 game, Princeton scored on eight of its next nine drives to run away from Lehigh. The FCS nationally ranked Tigers posted a single-game school record 733 yards of total offense and improved to 4-0 overall.

Princeton Tigers quarterback John Lovett accounts for nearly 400 yards as part of a record setting day to earn Uplifting Athletes Rare Performance of the Week honors

Davidson: The Wildcats moved to 5-1 overall and won back-to-back conference games for the first time since 2007 by holding on to edge Jacksonville. That same year, 2007, was also the last time Davidson won at least five football games in a season. The Wildcats posted more than 300 yards rushing again and scored six of the first seven times they had the ball.

NC State: Powered by a running game that totaled a season-high 225 yards, the Wolfpack remained unbeaten by jumping out to a 28-3 lead before holding off a late Boston College rally. NC State is 5-0 for the first time since 2002 when Phillip Rivers was the quarterback and the Wolfpack started 9-0.

Western Michigan: Sparked by a defense that produced three sacks, eight tackles for losses and a critical turnover, WMU held on to edge Eastern Michigan on homecoming. The Broncos have won four in a row after starting the season 0-2.

Notre Dame: The Fighting Irish continue to move up in the polls – now No. 5 in the country – after running away from Virginia Tech in the second half on the road. Notre Dame outscored the Hokies 28-7 the final 30 minutes and is now right in the center of college football playoff discussions.

Colgate: The nationally ranked Raiders cruised to 5-0 overall behind a defense that has not allowed a touchdown in four consecutive games. James Holland Jr. had a pair of touchdowns and QB Grant Breneman threw for a season-high 254 yards to power the Colgate offense.

Clemson: Travis Etienne, Lyn-J Dixon and Adam Choice each eclipsed the 100-yard rushing mark on only 10 carries to power a Tigers offense that rolled up 471 yards on the ground – the most under head coach Dabo Swinney. The Tigers averaged 11.8 yards per carry, breaking the previous school record of 11.2 set in 1903 against Georgia Tech.

Penn: The Quakers coughed up a 24-0 lead, then put together a clinching 8-play, 87-yard drive in the dying minutes to come-from-behind and knock off Sacred Heart on the road. Karekin Brooks rushed for 191 yards on 28 carries to pace a ground game that churned out 364 yards.

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Colgate Bicentennial celebration throwback 1932 tribute uniforms highlight Week 4 Chapter Update


COLGATE MAILCHIMP

Colgate had a Bicentennial Blast on Saturday as Raiders kicked off their second century celebration by drubbing Lafayette at home to improve to 3-0 on the young season.

All the rage in Hamilton over the weekend to kick off Colgate’s Bicentennial festivities was the throwback uniforms the Raiders wore to honor the Colgate’s famous 1932 “Undefeated, Untied, Unscored Upon … and Uninvited” team.

The idea behind these one-of-a-kind uniforms was two years in the making and the idea was hatched by Broc Hazlet, Colgate’s Director of Equipment Services.

In his words “I wanted to do something different.” Raiders coach Dan Hunt was on board right away and Hazlet knew he had a true design partner in the head coach as they set out to on this project.

Abu Daramy-Swaray intercepted a pass in the end zone and returned a punt 77 yards to highlight a game that was never in doubt after the Raiders went up 15-0 in the first quarter and never looked back.

Learn more about Davidson Chapter Leader George Hatalowich in the latest installment of our Beyond The Trophy series.

Princeton: For the first time since 1886 the Tigers opened a season scoring 50-plus points in back-to-back games after rolling Monmouth in the home opener for Princeton. WR Jared Horsted was one of three Tigers to have a big day, but the senior also became the all-time leading touchdown receptions leader in school history to earn the Uplifting Athletes Rare Performance of the Week award.

Syracuse: This week is all about Clemson, but in order to get the sizzle behind the match-up with the ACC champs the Orange had to get to 4-0 for the first time since 1991 by taking out UConn. Syracuse has scored 50 or more points in three of its four games heading into Death Valley.

Stony Brook: The Seawolves picked up their third consecutive victory and went to 1-0 in conference play on the strength of running backs Jordan Gowins and Donald Liotine, dubbed as the Long Island Express, after each rushed for more than 100 yards for the third consecutive Saturday.

Penn State: Facing serious adversity for the second time this season, this time on the road on a Friday night at Illinois, Penn State closed strong again with 42 unanswered points after falling behind 27-24 midway through the third quarter to dispatch of the Fighting Illini.

NC State: Don’t look now but the Wolfpack are 3-0 and continue to float under the ACC radar after dispatching of Marshall on the road. Jarius Morehead came up with the first interception of the season for NC State and returned it 57 yards for a score the sealed victory No. 3.

Maryland: Freshman RB Anthony McFarland ran for 100-plus yards with two scores and LB Tre Watson returned a touchdown for a score as the Terrapins bounced previously undefeated Minnesota to improve to 3-1 overall heading into Big Ten play.

Western Michigan: Sparked by a defense that produced three turnovers, three sacks and a whopping 10 tackles for a loss the Broncos subdued Georgia State for their second win in a row and first victory on the road this season. Junior LB Drake Spears was the tip of the WMU defensive spear with nine tackles, two sacks, three tackles for a loss and a forced fumble.

Penn: The Quakers offense continues to sizzle as Penn won it’s sixth game in a row dating back to last season and is 2-0 this year thanks to more than 500 yards of total offense against Lehigh. Most impressive was Penn called 39 running plays from scrimmage and all 39 went for positive yards. The Quakers did not have a negative rushing play on its way to piling up 30 points.

Baylor: In a battle of 2-1 teams with Kansas, the Bears defense showed up big-time by registering four sacks, the most in 16 games for Baylor, and had five more tackles for a loss to limit the Jayhawks to a single touchdown. The Bears are 3-1 and face Top-10 ranked Oklahoma on the road this week.

Florida State: The Seminoles started fast and played aggressive defense all game to subdue Northern Illinois at home. QB Deondre Francois threw for 352 yards and two touchdowns and the FSU defense limited the Huskies to 221 total yards.

Clemson: The undefeated Tigers knocked off Georgia Tech for the fourth consecutive year to claim victory in their ACC opener on the road. True freshman QB Trevor Lawrence spread the ball around to his talented wideouts, completing 13 of 18 passes for 176 yards with four touchdowns to four different receivers

Notre Dame: Fighting Irish QB Ian Book made his first start of the season a memorable one, guiding the Notre Dame offense to 56 points and more than 550 yards. Book accounted for five touchdowns (three passing, two rushing) and completed 25 of his 34 passes for 325 yards to keep Notre Dame undefeated.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

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.

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