For the sixth consecutive year, Uplifting Athletes is empowering NFL prospects with the opportunity to use the NFL Combine as a platform to give back by raising funds and awareness in support of the Rare Disease Community.
Reps For Rare Diseases has been used as a way for athletes to give back at a pivotal point in their quest to play at the highest level as they put their skills on display for NFL teams.
Since its inception in 2015, more than 100 players have participated in this campaign through either the NFL Combine or NFL Pro Day workouts.
This year Uplifting Athletes currently has 21 players who chose to participate in Reps For Rare Diseases 2020 at the NFL Combine including: Grayland Arnold, JaMycal Hasty, Denzel Mims, Clay Johnston, James Lynch and Chris Miller from Baylor, Davion Taylor from Colorado, Jalen Elliott, Alohi Gilman, Tony Jones Jr., Cole Kmet, Chris Finke and Julian Okwara from Notre Dame, Juwan Johnson from Oregon, Rob Windsor from Penn State, Kevin Davidson from Princeton, Sterling Hofrichter and Kendall Coleman from Syracuse, Reggie Robinson and Trevis Gipson from Tulsa and Shaun Bradley from Temple.
“During Combine and Pro Day training, so much time and energy is focused by these young men on achieving their dreams of playing in the NFL,” former NFL player and Uplifting Athletes’ Chapter Success Manager Levi Norwood said. “It is amazing to see so many NFL hopefuls realize, especially during this tiring and grueling process, how impactful their platform can be. We are honored they chose to stand alongside Uplifting Athletes and the Rare Disease Community.”
Fans and supporters can pledge towards the performance of any one of our NFL Combine participants this year and help Uplifting Athletes tackle rare diseases.
Horizon Therapeutics plc and Uplifting Athletes announced a new partnership for the 2020 Reps for Rare Diseasescampaign. Horizon will match donations up to $35,000 through its #RAREis program, which is dedicated to providing individuals living with rare disease and families access to resources that connect, inform and educate as they navigate their daily lives.
“Thank you to all the athletes participating in Reps For Rare Diseases and good luck as you continue your football journey,” Uplifting Athletes Director of Sports Impact and NFL veteran Brett Brackett said. “This group of athletes displays the empathy and character that helps them stand out amongst their peers. Any NFL team would be lucky to have one of these men representing their organization.”
The proceeds from the 2020 Reps For Rare Diseases campaign support the mission of Uplifting Athletes and its charitable programs: Rare Disease Awareness, Rare Disease Research, Uplifting Experiences and Uplifting Leaders.
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.
“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.
Kent State needed four tries to get the first bowl victory in school history. The Golden Flashes, making their first bowl appearance since 2012, upended Utah State in the Frisco Bowl to not only record the first bowl win for the program, but also record its first winning record in seven seasons.
Kent State won its final four games of the season to finish 7-6 overall. Sophomore kicker Matt Trickett drilled five field goals in the 10-point victory to give him 29 field goals this season. It was the third game Trickett posted four or more field goals in a game and his five made kicks is the most by a MAC player in a bowl game since 2013. Kent State Chapter President Antwan Dixon, a member of the 2019 Rare Disease Champion Team, had a career-best 99 receiving yards and recorded his first touchdown of the season.
Penn State: The Nittany Lions had a record breaking outing to outgun Memphis in the Cotton Bowl and post their third 11-win season in the last four years. Led by redshirt sophomore running back Journey Brown, Penn State rolled up 396 rushing yards – the most ever in a bowl game for the Nittany Lions. Brown had a career-high 202 yards and a pair of touchdowns. His 202 yards is the most by a Penn State running back in its storied bowl history – surpassing the 194 yards posted by Saquon Barkley in the 2017 Rose Bowl. Brown’s record performance earned him the Uplifting Athletes Rare Performance of the Bowl Season. Penn State’s seven total touchdowns and five rushing touchdowns both tied Cotton Bowl records. Sophomore All-American linebacker Micah Parsons tied a career-high with 14 tackles. He also had 3.0 tackles for a loss, 2.0 sacks and a pair of forced fumbles to earn Defensive MVP honors for the game.
Notre Dame: A convincing 24 point win over Iowa State in the Camping World Bowl gave the Fighting Irish back-to-back 11-win seasons for the first time since 1988-1989. Sparked by a balanced offense and another stingy effort from a Notre Dame defense that recovered a pair of fumbles in the game to give them an FBS-best 19 on the season, the Irish grabbed control early and never let the Cyclones have a say in determining the outcome. Notre Dame Chapter Leader Drew White finished with five tackles in the game. The linebacker ended the season tied for first in tackles with 80.
Clemson: For the third time in four years the Tigers will play for the College Football Playoff National Championship. The defending champions won their record 29th straight game, rallying from a 16-point deficit in the first half to edge Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl. Clemson will play No. 1 seed LSU for the title on Monday, January 13 in New Orleans. Tigers quarterback Trevor Lawrence accounted for 366 total yards and three touchdowns, including a career-high 107 rushing yards. The Clemson defense sealed the victory with a pair of fourth-quarter interceptions – including a Nolan Turner pick in the end zone with less than a minute remaining. Buckeyes quarterback Justin Fields had thrown only one interception all season before the National Semifinal.
Western Michigan: The Broncos saw Western Kentucky kick a pair of field goals in the final two minutes – including a game winner from 52 yards out with no time left on the clock – to claim the First Responder Bowl. Western Michigan senior cornerback Kareem Ali, a transfer from Temple, picked off a pass in the second quarter and returned it 88 yards for a touchdown. Ali’s pick-six, the first interception of his career, was the first interception ever returned for a touchdown by a Bronco in a bowl game. The 88 yards he covered is the most for an interception return by any Mid-American Conference (MAC) player ever in a bowl game – surpassing the previous mark by 32 yards. The three-point loss dropped WMU to 7-6 overall for the season.
Illinois: Making its first appearance in a bowl game since 2014, the Fighting Illini fell to California in the Redbox Bowl – the first bowl game appearance for Illinois since 2014. Turnovers fueled the Illini as they had a program-best 28 takeaways during the regular season. Despite outgaining Cal 450-395, the Illinois defense did not produce a single turnover for the first time all season. Junior punter Blake Hayes had five punts for 208 total yards with a long of 55 yards and dropped four of those five boots inside the 20-yard line. Hayes owns three of the top 11 single-season punting averages in Illinois history and no fewer than six single-season program punting records. Illini senior linebacker Dele Harding had six tackles and 1.5 tackles for a loss in his final game. Harding finish his senior year with 153 tackles to finish sixth on the Illinois all-time list for a single season and the most by an Illini player in the last 25 years.
Florida State: The Seminoles had nearly 200 more yards of total offense than Arizona State in the Sun Bowl, but Florida State was undone by six turnovers that the Sun Devils converted into 14 points on their way to a seven-point victory. Seminoles redshirt sophomore wide receiver Tamorrion Terry had a career-best nine catches and 165 receiving yards including a 91-yard catch-and-run touchdown.That 91-yard touchdown catch was the longest passing play in Sun Bowl history (86 years). Terry’s six touchdown catches this season of 60 or more yards ties him with Oklahoma All-American Dede Westbrook in 2016 for the most in a season nationally since at least 2010.
Baylor: For the third time in seven years, the Bears went to a bowl game with 11 wins and chance to register 12 victories for the first time in program history. Undone in the first half of the Sugar Bowl by a dominant Georgia squad, Baylor fell behind 19-0 and despite a strong second half never fully recovered and ultimately fell to the Bulldogs by 12 points. Still, only two years removed from a 1-11 season, playing in a New Year’s Six Bowl with a chance to make program history was not on the Bears’ radar when the season kicked off.
Defending National Champion Clemson became the first team in college football history to win five consecutive conference championships when it overpowered Virginia in the ACC Championship game.
The Tigers extended their nation-best winning streak to 28 games and have now won 19 ACC championships and 25 overall championships in Clemson program history.
Led by quarterback Trevor Lawrence and wide receiver Tee Higgins, Clemson scored the first five times it had the ball on its way to an ACC Championship game record 62 points and 619 total yards.
Higgins finished with three touchdown receptions and 182 receiving yards, each setting an ACC Championship Game record. With those three TD catches the junior tied Clemson’s all-time receiving touchdowns record with 27 and earned the Uplifting Athletes Rare Performance of the Week.
Lawrence set an ACC Championship game record with four touchdown passes. He finished with 302 passing yards and for the eighth consecutive game threw at least three TD passes.
Tigers running back Travis Etienne chipped in with 114 yards and a touchdown to eclipse 1,500 yards on the ground this season. It’s the second year in a row he went over the 1,500-yard mark, becoming the first player in program history to accomplish the feat.
For the fifth consecutive year the undefeated Tigers will participate in the College Football Playoff. Clemson was awarded the No. 3 seed and will face second-seeded Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl on December 28 in one CFP semifinal.
The Tigers’ fifth CFP playoff appearance ties Alabama for the most appearances in the brief history of the four-team playoff.
Baylor: Forced to use its second and third string quarterbacks, the Bears still took the Big 12 Championship game into overtime before falling to Oklahoma by a touchdown. Twice Baylor rallied from double-digit deficits to force extra time in its first appearance in the conference title game. After losing starting quarterback Charlie Brewer in the first half, the combination of redshirt freshman Gerry Bohanon and true freshman Jacob Zeno combined to throw for more than 200 yards and three touchdowns without an interception to keep Baylor in the hunt. The Bears had a crack to take the lead late in the fourth quarter, moving inside the OU 20 before stalling and settled instead for John Mayers 27-yard field goal as the final points in regulation. Junior defensive lineman James Lynch had 2.0 sacks in the championship game, setting the Baylor single-season mark for sacks in a season with 12.5.
The Bears’ only losses this season came at the hands of College Football Playoff-bound Oklahoma. Baylor finished No. 7 overall in the rankings and earned an invitation to a New Year’s Six Bowl invite to the 86th playing of the Sugar Bowl. The Bears, who were 1-11 two years ago, will play No. 5 Georgia in New Orleans. This is the reward for a senior class that played under three different head coaches and lost 16 of 18 games during one stretch.
Penn State: For the first time since 1975 the Nittany Lions will play in the Cotton Bowl to commemorate the 50th bowl game appearance in program history. Penn State finished No. 10 in the final rankings and earned an invitation to play American Athletic Conference (AAC) champion and 17th ranked Memphis (12-1) in Dallas on December 28. This will be the Nittany Lions’ third New Year’s Six bowl appearance in the last four years under head coach James Franklin and the sixth straight season Penn State has been bowl eligible.
Illinois: Ending a five-year drought of making an appearance in a bowl game, the Fighting Illini earned the 19th bowl invitation in program history with a trip to the Bay Area. Illinois will play Cal from the Pac-12 in the Redbox Bowl on December 30. Although Illinois and Cal have played 10 previous times, this will be the first meeting in a bowl game.
Notre Dame: Coming off its third consecutive 10-win season, the Fighting Irish will play their 148th different opponent in program history when they face Iowa State from the Big 12 Conference in the Camping World Bowl in Orlando on December 28. This is the ninth time in 10 years head coach Brian Kelly has taken Notre Dame to a bowl game and will mark appearance No. 36 in the postseason for the Fighting Irish.
Kent State: After winning their final three games just to reach six wins, the Golden Flashes are headed to a bowl game for only the fourth time in program history and the first since 2013. Kent State will play Utah State from the Mountain West Conference in the Frisco Bowl on December 20 in Frisco, Texas. With wins over Buffalo, Ball State and Kent State, the Golden Flashes are the only FBS team to win their final three games of the season to become bowl eligible.
Western Michigan: For the third time in the last four years the Broncos are bowl bound. Western Michigan earned an invitation to the First Responder Bowl in Dallas on December 30 and will face 8-4 Western Kentucky from Conference USA. This is the 10th overall bowl appearance for Western Michigan since it earned its first bowl invitation in 1961.
Florida State: The Seminoles will appear in the postseason for an NCAA-best 38th time in the last 40 seasons after receiving an invitation to the Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas on December 31. Florida State will play Arizona State from the Pac-12 for the fifth time in program history. The last time FSU played in the Sun Bowl was 1966 and the last time the Seminoles and Sun Devils squared off was 1984.
Penn State won for the 10th consecutive time at Beaver Stadium and, in the process of upending Rutgers on Senior Day, the Nittany Lions tied a double-digit victory standard for the program.
For the third time in four years Penn State has won at least 10 games. It marks the first time the Nittany Lions have accomplished three double-digit win seasons in a four-year span since 1993-1996.
Penn State has been stellar at home during this historic run – capping a third unbeaten slate at Beaver Stadium in the last four years. The last time that happened was 1972-1975.
Backup quarterback Will Levis made his first start and rushed for 108 yards. Running back Journey Brown chipped in with 103 yards and a career-high three touchdowns. The last time Penn State had a pair of 100-yard rushers was 2015 and the last time that combination was a QB and RB was 2005.
The Nittany Lions finished solo second in the Big Ten East behind undefeated Ohio State and are in line for a New Year’s Six bowl bid.
Baylor: Two years ago the Bears were a one-win team in head coach Matt Rhule’s first season in Waco. Their only victory in 2017 was on the road at Kansas. Two years later Baylor returned to Memorial Stadium in Lawrence and thumped the Jayhawks to complete a 1-11 to 11-1 turnaround and punched their ticket to the Big 12 Championship game Saturday. Baylor is the first Power 5 program to go from 1-11 to 11-1 in two years. In one of its most dominant conference victories in program history, the Bears rang up 264 yards on the ground, scored on five of their first six possessions and the defense produced six turnovers.
Clemson: The Tigers won their 27th game in a row, nailed down the eighth undefeated regular season in program history and third under head coach Dabo Swinney, by knocking off Palmetto State rival South Carolina. Junior running back Travis Etienne broke the ACC record for career rushing touchdowns with a three-yard blast in the fourth quarter for his 53rd career touchdown on the ground. His historic touchdown earned Etienne the Uplifting Athletes Rare Performance of the Week. Sophomore quarterback Trevor Lawrence completed 18 consecutive passes against the Gamecocks to set a school record for consecutive completions, surpassing the previous mark of 15. The 18 straight completions also tied the ACC record for consecutive completions.
Northwestern: The Wildcats used a powerful running game and a stingy defense to subdue Illinois and claim the Land of Lincoln Trophy for a program-record fifth time in a row. Northwestern posted 378 yards on the ground and eclipsed the 350-plus yard mark rushing for the first time since 2012. Senior defensive lineman Trent Goens had a career day in his final game with three tackles for a loss (TFL), a quarterback hurry (QBH) and a forced fumble. Only one Wildcat has replicated that stat line since 2000 – Malcolm Arrington in 2008. Goens also finished with six tackles, five of them solo stops, and a pass break-up to power a defense that limited the Fighting Illini to 160 total yards.
Notre Dame: Trailing by 10 points in the first half, the Fighting Irish ripped off 24 unanswered points to reach the 10-win plateau for the third consecutive season and the fourth time in the last five years. Senior quarterback Ian Book became the first Fighting Irish in program history with 2,500 passing yards, 500 rushing yards and 30 touchdown passes in a season. He also became the first Notre Dame quarterback to throw four touchdown passes in a game five times in the victory over Stanford.
Syracuse: Sophomore defensive back Trill Williams ripped the ball from Wake Forest’s Kendall Hinton at the six and raced 94 yards to the end zone to secure a six-point overtime victory for the Orange at home. Syracuse scored first in OT on a 40-yard field goal. The Demon Deacons were on the move in extra time before Williams stepped in. Each team kicked a 40-plus yard field in the final minute of regulation to force overtime.
Kent State: For the first time since 2012, the Golden Flashes are headed to a bowl game after posting their third consecutive win to reach 6-6 overall by taking out Eastern Michigan on Black Friday. This is only the fourth season Kent State in bowl eligible in the last 30 years. Jamal Parker put the Golden Flashes in the driver’s seat by returning the second-half kickoff 96 yards to give Kent State a three-score lead on the road. EMU pushed back and made it a one-score game in the fourth quarter before the Golden Flashes defense picked off a pass late to earn a bowl invitation for 2019. Junior quarterback Dustin Crum completed 68.3 percent of his passes this year and finished the regular season with an NCAA QB Rating of 155.97. Both those numbers are the best in Golden Flashes program history.
Illinois: The Illini held their 118th annual football banquet Sunday and Illinois Chapter President and tight end Bobby Walker was recognized for his work with Uplifting Athletes in receiving the Service Above Self Award. Despite the loss at home to Northwestern on Senior Day, the Fighting Illini finished 6-6 this year and are bowl eligible for the first time since 2014. Junior kicker James McCourtnailed a 50-yard field in the third quarter against the Wildcats to give him four field goals this season of 50 or more yards. Those four long-range kicks ties the Fighting Illini program record for number of 50-yard or longer field goals in a season.
Princeton needed a lot of help to get a share of the 2019 Ivy
League crown. All the Tigers could control in the scenario was get a victory
over Penn at historic Franklin Field in Philadelphia.
Led by 172 rushing yards from RB Collin Eaddy and a defense that
blanked the Quakers over the final 52 minutes, Princeton overwhelmed Penn to
post a three-touchdown victory.
However, Princeton did not earn a share of the Ancient Eight crown
this season after winning the title outright in 2018. Dartmouth and Yale ended
up sharing the 2019 Ivy League title. But the Tigers did finish 8-2 overall and
put together the best two-season run for the program in nearly 70 years.
For the ninth time since the Ivy League went to a 10-game schedule
in 1980, Princeton won at least eight games. When you factor in a 10-0 season a
year ago, the Tigers reached 18 wins over a two-year span for the first time
Penn senior running back Karekin Brooks finished off his career
with 95 yards against the Tigers to end the season with 1,003 yards. Brooks
becomes only the 12th player in the Quakers’ 144-year history to eclipse 1,000
yards and the first since 2006.
The Penn and Princeton programs joined forces for the second
consecutive year to make this game an Uplifting Athletes Rare Disease Awareness
Game by wearing helmet stickers with the Uplifting Athletes logo and
#WeTackleRare wristbands to signify their unified commitment to one cause.
They also hosted two exceptional rare disease families who are
having an impact on the Rare Disease Community. Dr. David Fajgenbaum and his
family and the Combs family were recognized as part of the Rare Disease
Awareness Game celebration.
Baylor: Two years ago the Bears were 1-11 and lost all six of their home
games. Today, Baylor is headed to the Big 12 Championship game after posting
its first win over Texas in their last five meetings. Sparked by a defense that
limited a Texas offense that had scored at least 21 points in 28 straight games
to only 10 points, Baylor posted its sixth 10-win season in program history.
The Bears’ defense had five sacks and now has 38 for the season led by
defensive end James Lynch. The junior had 2.0 sacks against the Longhorns to
move into the No. 1 spot in program history for career sacks with 19. The
previous mark was 17.5 held by Shawn Oakman. Lynch has 10.5 sacks this season
and is one sack away from establishing a new school mark for sacks in a single
Northwestern: Playing his final game at Ryan Field, Wildcats senior defensive end
Joe Gaziano recorded two sacks – the first one for a safety – to become the
all-time sack leader at Northwestern with 29. The previous mark of 27 career
sacks had stood for 21 years. Gaziano earned the Uplifting Athletes Rare
Performance of the Week.
Kent State: The Golden Flashes kept their bid for a bowl game alive courtesy
of kicker Matthew Trickett’s third game winning field goal this season, and
second in as many games. This one came from 22 yards out with 19 seconds
remaining. Kent State quarterback Dustin Crum had a monster game. The junior
became the first Golden Flashes QB to throw for more than 300 yards and eclipse
100 yards rushing since 2004. His 470 yards of total offense was the most for
Kent State since Jose Davis posted 474 against Akron in 1997 and his 369 yards
through the air was the first time since 2014 a Kent State signal caller
eclipsed 350 yards. Kent State is 5-6 and plays at Eastern Michigan on Black
Notre Dame: Sparked by three touchdown passes from quarterback Ian Book, the
Fighting Irish exploded for 24 unanswered points in the second half to subdue
Boston College on Senior Day in South Bend. Notre Dame’s defense limited the
Eagles to fewer than 200 total yards. Junior tight end Cole Kmet tied the Notre
Dame record for touchdown receptions in a season (six) by a tight end with his
11-yard scoring catch in the third quarter. The only other tight end to catch
six touchdown passes in a season was Ken McAfee in 1977.
Marist: In his final game, redshirt senior Andrew McElroy secured a
victory for the Red Foxes with a 90-yard interception return in the final
minute to give Marist a 12-point lead. He jumped an out route and raced down
the sideline for his first career interception.
Fordham: The Rams ended a four-game slide – three of those losses were by
single digits – behind a defense that did not allow any points in a convincing
victory over Bucknell. All the Bison’s points came on defensive touchdowns.
Trey Sneed had a pair of second-half touchdown runs as Fordham posted the only
21 points after intermission. Freshman wide receiver DeQuence Carter had a
season-high 10 catches. His 10 grabs gave Carter 53 for the season to establish
a new single-season catch record for a freshman at Fordham. The previous mark
of 48 catches was established in 2000.
Behind a breakout performance from true freshman running back Evan
Hull, Northwestern won its second game of the season by rolling up 45 points
Hull, making his first start of the season, rushed for 220 yards
and tied the single-game program record with four touchdowns on the ground. He
became the first Wildcat running back to rush for four touchdowns and more than
200 yards in a game since 2005. Hull scored on touchdown runs of 46, 38, 36 and
Northwestern also used a strong effort from its special teams to
add points to the scoreboard. Joe Gaziano blocked a 30-yard field goal attempt
and Chris Bergin grabbed the loose ball and scooted 85-yards for a
scoop-and-score. The Wildcats also recovered a squib kick and turned it into a
Penn State: Junior quarterback Sean Clifford, the Penn State Chapter
President, went over 3,000 total yards for the season and was responsible for
three touchdowns as the Nittany Lions bounced back from their first loss of the
season. Clifford, who posted 234 total yards of offense, two rushing scores and
a passing touchdown against the Hoosiers, finished off a statement drive for
Penn State to seal the victory. His 1-yard plunge on fourth down late in the
fourth quarter gave the Nittany Lions a 10-point lead and capped an 18-play,
75-yard march that consumed 9:01 of the clock.
Saint Francis: Redshirt sophomore quarterback Jason Brown connected with classmate
E.J. Jenkins for three touchdowns to help the Red Flash post their most
convincing win of the season. Joel Denley added 157 all-purpose yards and a
career-high three rushing touchdowns as part of the 42-point outburst. Saint
Francis Chapter President Nick Rinella, one of six seniors honored prior to the
game, posted eight tackles and returned the opening kickoff 48 yards.
In his first year as the starter, Brown’s three touchdown passes
against Wagner gives him 23 on the season to take over as the program’s
all-time leader in TD passes for a season and earned him the Uplifting Athletes
Rare Performance of the Week.
Penn: The Quakers went on the road to Harvard and set a program
milestone in close-to-the-vest Ivy League victories. For the first time in the
Ancient Eight era of college football, Penn has won three consecutive games at
Harvard Stadium. It was also the third straight win overall for the Quakers,
all decided by four points or fewer. Six of Penn’s nine games this season have
been decided by five or fewer points. The Quakers are 4-2 in those
tight-squeeze affairs. Nick Robinson threw a 16-yard touchdown pass to Rory
Starkey midway through the fourth quarter to give the Quakers the lead for
good. And the Penn defense locked it down with a late fourth-quarter stop on
fourth down at its own 30-yard-line.
Clemson: Behind a career-high four touchdowns from sophomore quarterback
Trevor Lawrence and 121 yards from RB Travis Etienne, the Tigers won their
sixth consecutive game by 30 or more points – the longest streak in ACC
history. Etienne’s 100-plus yard game was his sixth in a row and established a
school record for consecutive 100-plus yard games. Wake Forest walked into
Memorial Stadium bringing seven wins to the table behind a solid offense. The
Tigers’ defense held the Demon Deacons to 105 total yards and five first downs.
Davidson: The Wildcats finished off the road portion of their schedule with
a stellar 4-1 mark thanks to 28 unanswered second-half points to pull away from
Stetson. Davidson moved to 5-2 in the Pioneer Football League, posting the most
league wins by the program since 2006. Junior RB Wesley Dugger continued his
assault on the record books with two more touchdowns to become the PFL’s
all-time leading scorer and the Davidson single-season leader in rushing
touchdowns with 20. Davidson Chapter President and team captain, linebacker
George Hatalowich, led a defense that limited Stetson to less than 100 yards
the final 30 minutes with a team-high 11 tackles.
Notre Dame: Senior wide receiver Chase Claypool had four touchdown receptions
tying him for the most in a single game in Irish history with Maurice Stovall
who caught four against BYU in 2005. Three of those touchdown catches came in
the first half in the commanding win over Navy, marking the first time an Irish
player has posted three touchdown receptions in a single half since at least
1950. Claypool finished with seven catches for 117 yards. Notre Dame Chapter
Vice President and linebacker Drew White had a team-high 10 tackles and a
fumble recovery. White now leads the Fighting Irish defense in tackles this
Colgate: Sparked by a defense that found its stride late in the season,
the Raiders closed out their 2019 season with three straight victories after
blanking Lafayette on the road. It was the third straight season Colgate has
blanked Lafayette. After starting 0-7, the Raiders won four of their last five
and finished 3-3 in the Patriot League behind a defense that allowed only 27
total points the final 12 quarters of the season.
Syracuse: Fueled by its defense, Syracuse ended its four-game slide and
kept its hopes for a bowl bid alive by posting its first win ever against Duke
in four tries. Leading 14-6 at halftime, the Orange defense forced three
turnovers in the third quarter that the offense turned into 21 points to break
the game open. Andre Cisco started the turnover barrage with the first pick-six
of his career covering 48 yards that quickly made it 21-6. The 43-point margin
of victory was the largest ever for Syracuse in an ACC game.
Western Michigan: In a wild back-and-forth affair that saw the
Broncos and Ohio University combine for 10 first-half points but then 31 total
points in the fourth quarter, LeVante Bellamy’s four-yard touchdown run in
overtime sealed the seventh victory of the season for WMU. After the Broncos’
defense surrendered a late touchdown in regulation that forced OT, they came up
with a stand to start the extra session to force a field goal.
Kent State: Trailing Buffalo at home by 21 points with half of the fourth
quarter remaining, the Golden Flashes exploded for 24 unanswered points down
the stretch to keep their quest for a bowl big alive. Sophomore kicker Matthew
Trickett nailed a 44-yard field goal as time expired to cap the biggest
fourth-quarter comeback this season in FBS. The field goal to win it by
Trickett was his 20th of the season and broke the single-season Kent State
record established in 2012 by Freddy Cortez.
Florida State: For the 38th time in the last 40 years the Seminoles will appear
in a bowl game after roughing up FCS Alabama State for win No. 6 this season.
In his second stint as interim head coach, Odell Haggins is now 4-0 with FSU
averaging nearly 43 points a game in those contests. Haggins is 2-0 this season
since taking over and the 49 points scored this week is a season high.