Chapter Update: Florida State pulls off big-time upset and three other chapter schools pick up Week 6 wins


For the first time in more than a half century an unranked Florida State team beat a top-five ranked team in Doak Campbell Stadium with a narrow victory over North Carolina. The last time it happened was October 16, 1965 when the Seminoles recorded a 10-3 win over No. 5 Georgia.

The upset provided Mike Norvell his first ACC victory as the Florida State head coach. The Seminoles’ last victory over a top-five team came in 2014 when they edged Notre Dame.

Quarterback Jordan Travis completed only eight passes, but finished with 191 yards through the air to average nearly 24 yard per completion. He also rushed 16 times for 107 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Florida State also blocked a pair of punts in the first quarter and now leads the nation in blocked kicks with five.

Florida State Chapter President, linebacker DeCalon Brooks, scooped up a blocked punt on the first drive of the game and returned it 18 yards to set up FSU’s first touchdown. Fellow FSU Chapter Leader, wide receiver Keyshawn Helton, had two catches for 43 yards.

Clemson: The Tigers scored a school record 52 points in the first half to extend its road winning streak to 14 games with a victory over fellow Uplifting Athletes Chapter Georgia Tech. The previous mark for points in a half was 49 against Wake Forest in 1981. Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence became only the second quarterback in school history to throw for 400 yards and five touchdowns in a road game. Lawrence joins Tajh Boyd, who did it twice – once in 2012 and another time in 2013. Clemson Chapter President, punter Will Spiers, averaged 50.7 yards on three punts. The senior also made a late cameo appearance at quarterback for the Tigers, completing 2 of 3 passes for 13 yards.

Notre Dame: Sophomore running back Kyren Williams posted his third consecutive 100-yard game to help the No. 4 ranked Fighting Irish edge Louisville to remain unbeaten. Williams finished with 127 yards on 25 carries. Louisville came into this contest averaging nearly 425 yards a game offensively, but an Irish defense that surrendered fewer than 12 points a game on average held the Cardinals to a season-low 219 yards and seven points. Notre Dame Chapter President, linebacker Drew White, finished with three tackles including a tackle for a loss.

NC State: The Wolfpack trailed by six at halftime, but used a strong defensive effort in the second half to roll past Duke at home. NC State outscored the Blue Devils 17-0 in the second half. Redshirt sophomore linebacker Payton Wilson had a pair of interceptions to become the first Wolfpack linebacker with a pair of interceptions in the same contest since Jerod Fernanez picked off No. 1 ranked Florida State twice in the 2014 matchup. Wilson also finished with a team-high 19 tackles in the victory over Duke, the most tackles for a Pack player since Earl Wolff had 19 vs. Clemson in 2012.

Syracuse: Back-up quarterback Rex Culpepper, playing in place of injured starter Tommy DeVito, threw three touchdown passes and running back Sean Tucker notched his second 100-yard game of the season in a home loss to Liberty. Former Syracuse Chapter Leader, punter Nolan Cooney, averaged 46.5 yards per punt and he dropped all six of his punts inside the 20-yard line.

Joshua Eargle, the 2019 Uplifting Athletes Rare Disease Champion, stood in for Kansas’ Les Miles Saturday at West Virginia as the Jayhawks acting head coach. Miles was unable to make the trip to Morgantown after testing positive for COVID-19. Eargle won the award for his inspiring efforts to advance support and awareness for his daughter’s battle with an ultra rare disease.
Each week during the college football season we will feature a player who is an officer for an Uplifting Athletes Chapter. This week we feature Western Michigan linebacker and Chapter President Zaire Barnes.

Chapter Update: Notre Dame pushes past Florida State and three other teams nail down Week 5 victories


Playing for the first time in three weeks, No. 5 ranked Notre Dame used a balanced offensive attack to push past Florida State in a match-up of Uplifting Athletes chapter schools.

Sophomore running back Kyren Williams went for 185 yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries and freshman Chris Tyree kicked in 103 on 11 carries with a touchdown. Combined the duo averaged 9.6 yards per carry.  Wide receiver Javon McKinley also had a 100-yard day, catching five passes for 107 yards. The last time Notre Dame had a pair of 100-yard rushers and a 100-yard receiver in a single game was 2015 against Stanford.

Florida State fell behind 14-3 early but counter punched the entire game, grabbing a 17-14 lead late in the first quarter. Seminoles quarterback Jordan Travis had 300 total yards in his first start (204 passing, 96 rushing) with a pair of touchdowns.

Notre Dame Chapter leaders, linebackers Drew White and JD Bertrand, each had three tackles for the Fighting Irish. Former chapter leader, tight end Brock Wright, had two catches for 10 yards.

Clemson: The No. 1 ranked Tigers extended their home winning streak to 25 in handing No. 13 Miami its first loss of the season. RB Travis Etienne had 222 total yards (149 rushing, 73 receiving) and scored a pair of rushing touchdowns. Etienne extended his school record for 100-yard rushing games to 19 and became the first non-kicker in ACC history to score 400 points. QB Trevor Lawrence added 292 yards passing with three touchdowns and the Clemson defense produced three interceptions and five sacks. Clemson Chapter President Will Spiers punted only three times but averaged a stellar 52.7 yards per kick and Vice President Jack Maddox handled all the long snapper duties for the Tigers.

Georgia Tech: After falling behind 21-7 late in the second quarter Friday night at Bobby Dodd Stadium, the Yellow Jackets went on a tear and overwhelmed Louisville to even their record at 2-2. Wide receiver Ahmarean Brown’s touchdown pass in the final minute ignited the comeback. Brown’s nine-yard toss to Jalen Camp was the first touchdown pass by a Georgia Tech wide receiver since 2003. The Yellow Jackets outscored the Cardinals 32-6 in the second half. Georgia Tech Chapter leaders Jake DeFoor and Zach Quinney started at left guard and left tackle, respectively.

NC State: The Wolfpack picked up their second road victory in as many weeks with a victory at Virginia. NC State scored 24 unanswered first-half points to grab control. QB Devin Leary threw a pair of first-quarter touchdown passes and RB Zonovan Knight added a 35-yard TD scamper to put NC State in control. The Wolfpack defense made a pair of goal-line stands, stopping UVA at the 1-yard line twice. NC State Chapter Vice President Dylan Autenrieth started at tight end and President Thomas Ruocchio saw snaps on special teams and at tight end.

Syracuse: Four forced turnovers by the Orange defense was not enough to overcome Duke’s strong balanced offense that produced nearly 650 yards of total offense. Syracuse Chapter President Aaron Bolinsky started at long snapper and former chapter leader Nolan Cooney averaged 46.9 yards per punt with half of his eight kicks traveling 50-plus yards including a pair downed inside the 20-yard-line.

Each week during the college football season we will feature a player who is an officer for an Uplifting Athletes Chapter. This week we feature Davidson quarterback and Chapter President Tyler Phelps.

Chapter Update: NC State rallies late to upset No. 24 Pitt and two other teams pick up Week 4 victories


NC State redshirt sophomore quarterback Devin Leary made his first start of the season a memorable one by guiding the Wolfpack on a late scoring drive and tossing a touchdown pass in the final minute to Emeka Emeze that completed a one-point upset at No. 24 Pitt.

Leary marched the Wolfpack 79 yards in eight plays for the winning score after Pitt took a 29-24 lead with 1:44 to play. Leary finished with 336 yards through the air and four touchdown passes.

In a back-and-forth game that featured more than 900 yards of total offense and zero turnovers, penalties played a huge role. Pitt was penalized 13 times for 125 yards and eight of the Wolfpack’s 28 first downs came via penalties.

Clemson: The Tigers extended their winning streak on Saturdays to 46, passing the 1953-57 Oklahoma Sooners for the longest such streak in FBS history by taking out Virginia at home. QB Trevor Lawrence threw for 329 and three touchdowns. RB Travis Etienne rang up 187 yards from scrimmage and a pair of touchdowns. Etienne set a Clemson record for receiving yardage by a running back with 114 yards on five receptions. He broke C.J. Spiller’s running back record of 108 yards from 2008, and is only the second running back in Clemson history to surpass 100 receiving yards in a game.

Florida State: Redshirt sophomore quarterback Jordan Travis came off the bench and guided the Seminoles to five consecutive scoring drives to rally the Seminoles to a come-from-behind victory over FCS Jacksonville State. The Gamecocks led 21-14 at halftime. It was FSU’s first win for new head coach Mike Norvell. Florida State Chapter Leader Keyshawn Helton had 162 all-purpose yards and a touchdown for the Seminoles. Helton had three catches for 53 yards and totaled 109 on four kickoff returns including a pair of 30-plus yard returns.

Baylor: The Bears couldn’t take advantage of their opportunities in regulation on the road at West Virginia and fell in double overtime to the Mountaineers. Baylor missed three  field goals and was stopped on a fourth-and-goal from the 1-yard-line in the fourth quarter trailing 14-7. The Bears forced four turnovers, but misfired on first-half field goal attempts from 46 and 48 yards and had a 51-yard attempt on the final play of the first half blocked.

Each week during the college football season we will feature a player who is an officer for an Uplifting Athletes Chapter. This week we feature Illinois offensive lineman and Chapter President Alex Palczewski.

Chapter Update: NC State wins wild 2020 season opener and two other teams notch Week 2 victories


Powered by running backs Ricky Person Jr. and Zonovan Knight, NC State won its 2020 season opener in a wild back-and-forth affair with Wake Forest. Person and Knight combined for 196 yards on the ground with three touchdowns.

Person scored the winning touchdown on a 3-yard run late in the fourth quarter and finished with 99 yards and two scores. He also threw a touchdown pass on a halfback option.

Wake Forest, which rallied from 14-point deficits three times, had one final shot to win it. Back-to-back sacks by Vi Jones and Daniel Joseph sealed the Wolfpack victory.

Syracuse: For the second consecutive week the Orange defense gave Syracuse a chance on the road, this week against No. 25 Pitt. Only problem was the Panthers defense was just as strong. The Orange defense produced a pair of turnovers, had eight tackles for a loss, three sacks and held Pitt to fewer than 350 total yards. But the Orange offense managed only 171 total yards and was shut out in the second half of a 14-10 game at intermission. Former Syracuse Chapter leader and punter Nolan Cooney continues to shine. The senior averaged 43.6 yards per punt, registered one of 50-plus yards and dropped two of his six kicks inside the 20. 

Notre Dame: The No. 7 ranked Fighting Irish extended its home winning streak to a modern program record 20 games behind six rushing touchdowns from four different players. Notre Dame scored on its first four possessions to seize a 35-0 halftime cushion. Quarterback Ian Book had three rushing touchdowns the first half to become the first quarterback in modern school history with three rushing TD’s in a half. Notre Dame Chapter Vice President JD Bertrand recorded his first career tackle in the second quarter. The sophomore linebacker finished with three tackles.

Clemson: The No. 1 ranked Tigers claimed their home opener with ease and in the process set an Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) record with their 31st consecutive regular season victory to surpass the 2013-15 Florida State Seminoles. Clemson scored on its first seven possessions, led 28-0 after one quarter and 49-0 at halftime. Fast starts are a trademark of this offense guided by quarterback Trevor Lawrence. Since the start of the 2019 season, the Tigers have now outscored the opposition 219-34 in the first quarter. Clemson Chapter President Will Spiers averaged 46 yards per punt and buried two of his three kicks inside the 20.

Georgia Tech: Offense wasn’t a problem for the Yellow Jackets in their home opener at The Flats as Georgia Tech rolled up nearly 500 total yards. Five turnovers, the most in a game for the Jackets since 2013, was simply too much to overcome against the equally high-powered No. 14 ranked UCF offense. True freshman Jahmyr Gibbs amassed 219 all-purpose yards and scored twice. Gibbs had a rushing and receiving touchdown and set up Tech’s first score with a 75-yard return on the opening kickoff.

Each week during the college football season we will feature a player who is an officer for an Uplifting Athletes Chapter. This week we feature Notre Dame Linebacker and Chapter Vice President and  JD Bertrand.

Why support rare now?


Nearly 30 million Americans are living with a rare disease and  COVID-19 continues to present a myriad of challenges that is not only impacting the patients but their families and caregivers as well.

At the top of the list is reduced access to vital medical care which, in turn, has exacerbated already existing challenges. Among those already existing challenges include an accurate diagnosis of a complex disease, limited treatment protocol options, financial struggles, absence of hope and mental fatigue for patients, families and caregivers. 

“I don’t think you need to have a rare disease to have had all of this impact you mentally,” said Dr. Justin Hopkin, the father of a son with a rare disease and a rare disease advocate. “Managing the mental aspect of all this has been difficult for everybody. Finances, jobs, social issues … all those things have weighed heavily on most of us, but we know it’s been especially hard on those living with a rare disease.”

The isolation some Americans are feeling as we navigate the obstacle course of this pandemic is how some rare disease patients feel everyday. 

Since March, medical research on diseases other than COVID-19 has taken a huge hit. There have been countless research studies abandoned, suspended or postponed. 

Much is still unanswered about the ultimate impact the pandemic will have on clinical trials, too. That’s because it is unclear how many of these studies will eventually restart and how long it will be before they begin again.

Clinical trials play a critical role physically and mentally for rare disease patients. They show researchers and doctors what does and doesn’t work, and are a critical vehicle for rare disease patients to receive or obtain life altering therapy.

A clinical trial being delayed, interrupted or canceled can be a tipping point for a rare disease patient . They don’t have the luxury in most cases of multiple clinical trials. And the delay, interruption or cancelation of that trial jeopardizes any hope they might have had and could even be life threatening.

All this is going to lead to a healthcare system already pushed to its extreme limits by this pandemic becoming backed up and slowed even more. And it will directly and adversely impact a Rare Disease Community that faces an uphill climb under optimal conditions.

“Like everyone else, what we are hearing from the patients in our community has been tough,” said Kathi Luis, a rare disease advocate. “There was a lot of hopelessness, without their rehab, medication, treatments, clinical trials delayed or canceled … they didn’t have any hope. They are really defeated.”

In April, the National Organization For Rare Diseases (NORD) reached out to patients to gauge the best way to guide support and help for the Rare Disease Community.

Nearly 800 people responded to the survey from NORD’s research team and the results were made public last month.

95 percent of the respondents said they have been impacted at a cost to both their immediate and long-term health and well-being. Nearly three-quarters have had a medical appointment canceled and, of those, 65 percent were offered an alternative appointment via phone or video. 69 percent of the respondents have concerns about medication and medical supply shortages.

“Treating rare and medically complex cases like mine takes multimodal approaches. Remove one piece of the puzzle and the care patients receive results in sub-optimal outcomes. COVID-19 further exposed a glaring problem in the healthcare system by asking us what defines essential medical treatments,” said Marni Cartelli, a rare disease patient. “What if a treatment on its face doesn’t keep someone alive but is supplemental to one that does? Also, we must ask ourselves, is keeping someone alive the only essential medical service? What about keeping someone’s ability to feed themselves? These are all questions I ask myself every single day but society only had to ask itself in this pandemic.”

The time for action to support the Rare Disease Community is now. As we all adjust to what is the most recent new normal, the mental fatigue associated with the unknown for rare disease patients continues.

Uplifting Athletes is uniquely positioned to inspire hope in the Rare Disease Community. The 7,000 Mile Challenge is a way for YOU to get active and rally support for the rare diseases this summer.

Inaugural 7,000 Mile Challenge to support the Rare Disease Community set for July 17-26


Uplifting Athletes is proud to announce the inaugural 7,000 Mile Challenge – a 10-day event starting July 17th that will bring focus and attention to the more than 7,000 known rare diseases.

People affected by a rare disease are fighting against a finite clock that didn’t stop because of COVID-19. We’re letting the Rare Disease Community know that we won’t stop fighting for them!

“We are rallying our extensive network behind one initiative this summer so that we can continue to support our friends and partners in the Rare Disease Community,” Uplifting Athletes Executive Director Rob Long said. “Our team has worked hard to find a way to afford everyone the opportunity to take action and help the Rare Disease Community.”

It does not matter whether you are a casual walker, an avid runner, swimmer or roll on wheels of any kind, you can help make a difference for the Rare Disease Community. To participate in the 7,000-Mile challenge join an existing team, create a new team for you and others, or participate as an individual.  

Track and add your mileage to the collective Uplifting Athletes total using any single day or combination of days throughout the 10-day challenge. You can collect pledges for every mile you contribute to the challenge to support the mission of Uplifting Athletes. 

Join Uplifting Athletes wherever you are July 17th to 26th and rally your support for the Rare Disease Community through activity, donation or both!

To pre-register and start helping Uplifting Athletes Tackle Rare Diseases, visit upliftingathletes.org. Now is a time for action so no one in the Rare Disease Community lives without hope.

Proceeds from the 7,000 Mile Challenge support the mission of Uplifting Athletes and its charitable programs: Rare Disease Awareness, Rare Disease Research, Uplifting Leaders and Uplifting Experiences.

Any questions about the 7,000 Mile Challenge, please send an email to info@uplitingathletes.org.

Uplifting Athletes cancels all annual Lift For Life events for 2020


COVID-19 has led to many adjustments of the college athletic schedule. The football student-athletes and programs Uplifting Athletes work with face a condensed time frame to prepare for the upcoming season under heightened safety precautions.

In order to avoid any additional pressure, Uplifting Athletes made the decision to cancel all our annual Lift For Life events this summer.

On behalf of the Rare Disease Community Uplifting Athletes serves, thank you to everyone who has supported Lift For Life in the past. We look forward to a full Lift For Life schedule in 2021.

Lift For Life is the signature event for universities across the country that are part of the Uplifting Athletes nationwide network of chapters.

It is more important than ever for Uplifting Athletes to be there for our friends and family affected by Rare Diseases. Please stay tuned for a big announcement on Monday June 22 on how you can help rally support for the Rare Disease Community this summer.

NC State Chapter Leader Thomas Ruocchio values opportunity to come together and support a common cause


When NC State tight end Thomas Ruocchio headed to Philadelphia for his first Uplifting Athletes Leadership Development Conference in 2017, he was anticipating a weekend of business and logistics meetings.

Four years later, the outgoing NC State Chapter President appreciates the weekend of connecting with other college football student-athletes bound together by the rare disease cause.

The 2020 conference, held in late January, was Ruocchio’s fourth as a chapter leader and gives him the unique distinction of attending the single most Leadership Development Conferences by a student-athlete.

“I remember the first time I came, I thought this was going to be all about business and logistics,” Ruocchio said. “I’ve learned over my coming four times there is a logistical aspect to this because there has to be. But even more than just the nuts and bolts of running a chapter, it’s about becoming a leader and getting some valuable life skills for everyone involved.”

The annual Uplifting Athletes Leadership Development Conference provides an opportunity for college football student-athlete leaders from different schools to develop relationships that stretch beyond the field, absorb enhanced mission and vision knowledge based on Uplifting Athletes’ four programs and plot a chapter strategy for the upcoming year.

Ruocchio is drawn to the relationships established at the conference and the ability to have 30-40 guys going through the same experiences on different campuses around the country sharing those unique aspects of their journey.

“I was telling my mom about this conference before this year, about what a unique opportunity this is,” Ruocchio said. “The only way to share what you are going through as a college football player is with a teammate. And he’s going through the exact same experience you are.

“Here in Atlanta this year, you get to hear about 30-something unique individual experiences from guys at 20 different football programs. I really enjoy being able to hear everybody’s unique story. It’s a chance to come together to support a common cause and to each share our unique individual stories. You can’t get that anywhere else.”

This year because the conference had an odd number of student-athletes, as the veteran of the group, Ruocchio was offered his own room. But part of the charm of this conference, in his opinion, is being paired up with a roommate from a different school each year.

“I could have probably come to one or two of these and been able to run our chapter at NC State. It’s run so well and we are given all the right tools to be successful at this conference,” he said. “Coming back for the whole experience and meeting people has kept me coming back. I’m sad it’s my last one as a player and chapter leader.”

A lot has changed at Uplifting Athletes during Ruocchio’s tenure as a chapter leader at NC State. His four years of experience has helped, but overall he sees the leadership conference as a strong foundation to have a successful year as a chapter. And recent additions, such as the player panel and an Uplifting Experience, provides an all-around better foundation for young chapter leaders.

“My favorite part has always been the player panel. I always find the questions are so real-life and you don’t run into too many people on campus who can provide you those real-life answers to some of those questions we have about life after football,” Ruocchio said. “I’m on the cusp of being that guy who will start a life after football with the clock ticking, it’s been so valuable to hear from others.”

From a fundraising perspective, the four programs and the Young Investigator Draft have also helped everybody from teammates, to compliance, to each individual donor understand the value of each dollar raised and how it’s being put to good use.

“It’s helped from my perspective as a chapter leader so much to see exactly how the organization is using some of the funds we raise at the chapter level. It’s also given me a much more personal connection to the cause,” Ruocchio said. “Instead of just focusing on raising cash, we are able to connect to the cause. It’s a much clearer understanding of what we are doing together. Early on as a chapter leader I couldn’t really see the entire picture and I don’t know if that was just me being a young chapter leader or what? But I know and understand the cause and our part much clearer today.”

On behalf of the Rare Disease Community we serve, Uplifting Athletes would like to thank Thomas for his dedicated commitment and service to the rare disease cause during his time as a college football student-athlete at NC State.

39 Uplifting Athletes Chapter Leaders put through paces in Atlanta during 11th annual Leadership Development Conference


The cornerstone of the Uplifting Leaders program is our network of Chapters on campuses across the country led by college football student-athletes.

This past weekend, 39 leaders from 20 schools gathered in Atlanta for a high impact and fast paced weekend of learning and development during our 11th annual Uplifting Athletes Leadership Development Conference.

The 2020 conference provided an opportunity for our Chapter leadership to develop relationships that stretch beyond the football field, to absorb enhanced mission and vision insight based on Uplifting Athletes’ four programs – Rare Disease Awareness, Rare Disease Research, Uplifting Experiences and Uplifting Leaders – and to plot a chapter strategy for 2020.

“The difference for me this year was it’s a new group of guys mostly, but you establish similar quality of relationships,” said Clemson Chapter leader and Tigers’ long snapper Jack Maddox, who was attending his second conference. “I have a year of experience now, so I know more about what’s going on. I’m not overwhelmed as much and I know what we can and can’t do at our chapter. It’s such a valuable weekend.”

Following a meet-and-greet dinner Friday night, the conference kicked off Saturday with a full day of programming. Four breakout sessions led by Uplifting Athletes staff were followed by an “entering the real world” question-and-answer session with former college athletes.

The highlight of Saturday was the Uplifting Experience at the College Football Hall of Fame where 24 rare disease patients, caregivers and families were connected with the Chapter leaders to spend a couple hours experiencing the Hall of Fame together.

“I loved that the athletes had an opportunity to meet individuals with rare diseases outside of a hospital setting,” said Carol Unger, whose 32-year-old son Matthew is diagnosed with the ultra rare disease WAGR Syndrome. “I feel it is important to note that our children grow up, although some may still be at the maturity level of a 7 or 8 year old, and cherish those opportunities to meet with folks from the outside world.”

The first day of the conference closed out with a work session on three of Uplifting Athletes’ main events – Lift For Life, Reps For Rare Diseases and Touchdown Pledge Drive.

“Since Penn State is such an established chapter, my journey here is to learn what else can we do next to help support the Rare Disease Community,” said Penn State Chapter leader and long snapper Chris Stoll, who is in line to be the next PSU Chapter President taking over for quarterback Sean Clifford.

“I’m very excited to be more involved at another level. Sean did a great job and put a lot into it. But he’s our starting quarterback now and that’s a big job. I’m pumped to be here again and to meet so many guys who have passion for the rare disease cause and for using their platform to make a difference. And I’m very excited to get more involved at the next level.”

Sunday started with Dr. David Fajgenbaum, a former Uplifting Athletes Young Investigator Draft grant recipient, founder of the Castleman Disease Collaborative Network and rare disease research pioneer, sharing his story via a live video conference.

The conference wrapped up with some additional highlights of Uplifting Athletes’ programming that is available to support the rare disease cause and a work session to kick off 2020 at the chapter level.

A special thank you to all our sponsors and supporters who made this conference possible, Deloitte, Sanofi Genzyme, Jean Campbell and JFC Consulting and the College Football Hall of Fame. With your help, these young men are making a difference in the Rare Disease Community.

Chapter Update: Dramatic comeback makes Illinois bowl eligible and 10 teams post Week 11 victories


With a flair for the dramatic, Illinois became bowl eligible for the first time since 2014 with an improbable come-from-behind victory at Michigan State.

The Illini trailed 28-3 in the second quarter and 31-10 entering the fourth quarter.  In the end, Quarterback Brandon Peters threw a 5-yard touchdown to Daniel Barker with five seconds remaining to complete the rally and seal the victory.

On the final drive, Illinois converted a fourth-and-17 and drew a fourth-down pass interference call in the end zone before scoring. Peters finished with 369 passing yards and three touchdowns.

Wide receiver Josh Imatorbhebhe, a transfer from USC, had four receptions for 178 yards and two touchdowns. The junior’s 178 yards is the most receiving yards by an opponent at Spartan Stadium since at least 2000 and the most by an Illinois player ever in the 47-game series history against Michigan State.

The Illini, who forced four turnovers to help fuel the comeback, have won four straight.

Baylor: The Bears stayed undefeated thanks to a triple overtime victory at TCU. The opportunity to win the game in overtime came courtesy of redshirt freshman kicker John Mayers. His previous long field goal was 38 yards. His career-best 51-yard kick with 36 seconds remaining in regulation pulled the Bears level at 9-9. Charlie Brewer’s 4-yard TD pass to Denzel Mims in the third OT was the game winner. Baylor is 9-0 for the second time in program history after opening the 2013 season with nine victories in a row.

Penn: The Quakers’ eventual game winning touchdown early in the fourth quarter came on a trick play that started in the hands of the backup quarterback who threw back to a transfer quarterback/returner/receiver who then uncorked an 80-yard touchdown pass to a converted defensive back who’d never caught a touchdown before. The long distance catch-and-run by Eric Markes from Owen Goldsberry gave Penn a 21-14 lead. Cornell scored a touchdown to cap a 16-play, 94-yard drive with 50 seconds remaining to pull to within a point. The Big Red opted to go for the win with a 2-point conversion, but Penn freshman DB Kendren Smith knocked down the pass to preserve the victory.

Notre Dame: Senior quarterback Ian Book threw four touchdown passes and rushed for 149 yards in the win over Duke to become the first player in Notre Dame history to rush for more than 100 yards in a game and throw four touchdown passes. Notre Dame Chapter Vice President and linebacker Drew White led the Irish with seven total tackles including a sack and a tackle for a loss.

Learn more about Notre Dame Chapter Vice President and tight end Brock Wright in our Beyond The Trophy series

Davidson: On a day when the Wildcats rushing attack rolled up more than 450 yards and amassed a 33-point second quarter, this victory was also one for the program record books. Junior running back Wesley Dugger took over as the all-time leading rusher in school history as part of his 118-yard effort in the win over Butler. Dugger moved past John Leverett’s mark of 3,165 yards posted in 2004 to earn the Uplifting Athletes Rare Performance of the Week. Davidson Chapter President and linebacker George Hatalowich had six tackles for a defense that limited Butler to one touchdown and only 257 total yards.

Western Michigan: Senior quarterback Jon Wassink had a career-high 131 rushing yards in the victory over Ball State. Wassink became the first WMU quarterback to rush for more than 100 yards since Paul Jorgenson had 128 against Northern Illinois in 1973. The victory made the Broncos bowl eligible for the sixth consecutive season. WMU also completed its third undefeated season at home since 2000. 

Clemson: Running back Travis Etienne added three more touchdowns to his career resume in the victory over NC State to pass C.J. Spiller’s mark of 51 career touchdowns and take over as the all-time leader at Clemson with 54 career touchdowns. His 50 career rushing touchdowns is tied for second most in ACC history. Sophomore quarterback Trevor Lawrence threw for 276 yards and three touchdowns. It was the fifth consecutive game Lawrence threw at least three touchdowns passes to become the first quarterback in school history to pass for three scores in five straight games.

Florida State: The Seminoles scored 14 unanswered points in a 45-second span inside the final two minutes of the fourth quarter to pull away from Boston College. D.J. Matthews’ 60-yard touchdown pass from James Blackman with 1:48 to play made it 31-24 FSU. Jordan Travis made it a two-score game with a 66-yard gallop only 45 seconds later to extend the lead to 38-24. Blackman finished with 369 passing yards and wide receiver Terry Tamorrion had seven catches for 156 yards and a touchdown.

Colgate: Quarterback Grant Breneman rushed for a career-high 105 yards and added 195 yards through the air with a touchdown to help the Raiders notch their first home victory of the season with a win over Fordham. Colgate’s defense limited the visiting Rams to only 33 rushing yards and 208 total yards. The Raiders’ defense also added five tackles for a loss and three sacks.

Eastern Illinois: The Panthers used a furious second-half comeback that included a third-quarter successful onside kick to rally past Tennessee State for their first win of the season. EIU outscored TSU 28-3 in the second half after falling behind 35-21 at intermission. Darshon McCullough led a pair of Panthers running backs with 155 yards on 17 carries with a touchdown.