Weekly Update: Colgate captures share of Patriot League crown and miracle finish helps propel Stony Brook to NCAA FCS playoff berth

WEEK 12 GRAPHICFor the ninth time in program history, Colgate earned at least a share of the Patriot League title by scoring the final 35 points to knock off Georgetown.

The Raiders shared the 2017 crown with Lehigh at 5-1, but the Lehigh Mountain Hawks earned the automatic conference bid to the NCAA FCS Playoffs. Colgate did not receive an at-large bid from the committee despite winning its final five games to finish 7-4 overall.

This was the second time in three years Colgate has earned at least a share of the Patriot League crown. The Raiders defense stretched its streak of scoreless quarters to 15 in the victory.

The last time Colgate’s defense allowed a touchdown was October 21 when Holy Cross scored on its opening drive. The lone Georgetown touchdown came on a pick-6 on the first play from scrimmage.

What a weekend for the Stony Brook Seawolves. They started it off with a dramatic come-from-behind road victory at Maine that included a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns.

The winning points came on a 35-yard Hail Mary pass hauled in by Harrison Jackson as time expired to secure the one-point victory.

That miracle reception by Jackson, who was surrounded by Maine defenders, allowed Stony Brook to finish 9-2 overall and 7-1 in the CAA. And that record earned the solo second-place finishers in the CAA an invitation to the NCAA College Football FCS Playoffs. The Seawolves will host Patriot League co-champion Lehigh in the opener.

This is the first postseason berth for Stony Brook since 2012 and only the third playoff appearance in school history for the Seawolves.

Penn closed out its 2017 season with four consecutive victories to rally and post a 6-4 overall record with a win over Cornell at Franklin Field. The Quakers finished 4-3 in the Ivy League and those three league losses came by a total of 11 points combined.

Clemson and Florida State each posted easy victories over FCS schools. In the Seminoles victory over Delaware State, senior WR Justin Motlow, a walk-on, not only scored a touchdown but made history to earn the Uplifting Athletes Rare Performance of the Week.

Northwestern won its sixth in a row after a rough start and is one of the hottest teams in college football. The Wildcats blanked Minnesota at Ryan Field behind 166 yards from RB Justin Jackson and a defense that surrendered less than 200 yards and forced five turnovers.

Penn State is on track for a second consecutive double-digit win season after the defending Big Ten Champions disposed of Nebraska on Senior Day at Beaver Stadium.

The Nittany Lions led by 32 early in the fourth quarter before the Huskers scored three times in the final 6:32 to close the final gap. Penn State had more than 600 yards of offense including 325 yards and three touchdowns through the air by QB Trace McSorley.

Notre Dame kept its hopes for a 10-win regular season alive by rallying to score the final 14 points to edge Navy by a touchdown at home. QB Brandon Wimbush threw a pair of TD passes to tie the game then put the Irish ahead for good early in the fourth quarter.


Weekly Update: Clemson headed back to ACC Championship game for third year in a row after claiming Atlantic Division title with victory over Florida State

WEEK 11 GRAPHICClemson has proven that you can get upset in a regular-season game and still win the National Championship.

That may be the road to doing it again, as the Tigers guaranteed themselves a birth in the ACC Championship game this weekend.

Clemson overcame a less-than-tidy effort, two turnovers and seven penalties, to bump off Florida State and claim the ACC Atlantic Division title for the third consecutive year.

Clemson is headed to Charlotte and the ACC title game for the fifth time in nine years under Tigers head coach Dabo Swinney.

Penn State ended its two-game losing streak behind a record-breaking day from quarterback Trace McSorley in its homecoming victory over Rutgers.

McSorley threw for 214 yards and rushed for another 44 yards. But with his three total touchdowns the redshirt junior became No. 1 on the Penn State list for total touchdowns by a quarterback. The Nittany Lions defense rebounded, limiting the Scarlet Knights to 200 total yards and a pair of field goals.

The Penn State defense held Rutgers without a first down for a 38:45 stretch that started on the first play of the second quarter until 6:45 remained in the game.

Georgia Tech quarterback TaQuon Marshall did something you’ll be hard pressed to see again – he completed only two passes but finished with 140 yards through the air. And both those completions went for long-distance touchdowns in a victory over previously nationally ranked Virginia Tech.

NC State rebounded from back-to-back losses to highly ranked teams to improve to 7-3 overall by edging Boston College. The Wolfpack used a 50-yard run from Nyheim Hines midway through the final quarter to win it.

Northwestern won its fourth in a row by sliding past Purdue. The big news is the Wildcats claimed this victory in regulation, after winning its previous three outings in overtime.

Syracuse is going to struggle to be bowl eligible after falling to Wake Forest at home. But Orange back-up quarterback Zack Mahoney found he was starting 14 minutes before the game and threw for nearly 400 yards to earn the Uplifting Athletes Rare Performance of the Week.

Penn used 181 rushing yards from Tre Solomon and stingy defense to notch an important road victory at Harvard. Solomon averaged 12.1 yards per carry, while the defense allowed only a pair of field goals to the Crimson.

Stony Brook uses a ball-control offense and relies on being mistake-free to win football games. And that formula played out perfectly against Wagner as the Seawolves improved to 8-2. Stony Brook rushed for nearly 200 yards, won the turnover battle 3-0 and converted third down at nearly a 50 percent clip to notch a four-score victory.


2017 Beyond The Trophy: Meet Penn State Chapter Co-President and QB Trace McSorley


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

 Name: Trace McSorley

College: Penn State University

Height, weight, class, position: 6-0, 195-pound junior quarterback

High School: Briar Woods HS, Ashburn, Va.

About McSorley: Came to Penn State after winning three state championships in Virginia as a four-year starter. The Nittany Lions promised him a shot to play quarterback. … In his second year as a starter after guiding PSU to Big Ten Championship in 2016 as a redshirt sophomore. Threw for a school single-season record 3,614 yards in his first year as a starter. … Co-President of the Penn State Chapter. … Rated as one of the Top 20 quarterbacks in the country in passer rating, touchdown passes and passing yards.

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

McSorley: Being up on the podium celebrating the Big Ten Championship with my teammates and then continuing the celebration into the locker room.

What drove you to get involved with Uplifting Athletes, and what, if anything, has this experience done for you? McSorley: My parents always preached to me that football was a great platform to be able to do something lasting in life and once I heard about uplifting athletes and the impact it makes on the rare disease community, it was a no brainer to get involved.  Just meeting different guys who share the want to help in the community from around the country and being able to form lasting relationships with some of them has been amazing.

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

McSorley: Running into the stadium with the crowd going crazy and fireworks being shot off from above.

Who is your favorite NFL player and why?

McSorley: Drew Brees, similar play style and also similar stature as far as him beating the stigma of being “too short”

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

McSorley: Sean Taylor, was my favorite player growing up and still one of my all time favorites.

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

McSorley: That’s tough, I’d probably say Iowa even though it was incredibly hard to play there, and the atmosphere is just unreal.

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

McSorley: To have a job that I love and am passionate about.


What is your perfect pizza?

McSorley: Pepperoni and sausage

Last 3 songs you added to your playlist?

McSorley: The whole Future and Young Thug album “Super Slimey”

Taylor Swift or Miley Cyrus?

McSorley: Taylor Swift

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

McSorley: Lebron James

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

McSorley: American Made

In the Mountains or on a Beach?

McSorley: Beach







2017 Beyond The Trophy: Meet Penn State Chapter Co-President and LB Jason Cabinda

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

 Name: Jason Cabinda

College: Penn State University

Height, weight, class, position: 6-1, 234-pound senior linebacker

High School: Hunterdon Central HS, Flemington, NJ

About Cabinda: Jason has played a major role in the emergence of the Nittany Lions as a Big Ten and national college football power. … As a true freshmen in 2014 he appeared in nine games and made his first start against Illinois. He’s been a starter at linebacker since his sophomore season and recently made his 30th start. … He is co-President of the Penn State Chapter and attended the 2017 Leadership Conference. … He’s been on the All-Big Ten team each of the past two seasons, and earlier this year was the Big Ten co-Defensive Player of the Week after his 13-tackle effort against Michigan. … Jason is one several postseason award watch lists for 2017.

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

Cabinda: My most memorable experience as a football player would have to be last years Whiteout in which we were able to beat Ohio State who at the time was the No. 2 team in the nation getting that upset and watching the crowd storm the field was great.

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

Cabinda: I had first heard about it after a team meeting and just thought that it was simply another way I could get involved on campus and in the community and use my influence in a good way. It has taught me just how fortunate we are each day and to know that you should never take your health for granted.

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

Cabinda: Just seeing how crazy the fans are in the stadium and feeding off that energy when we first run out that gate is the best. Taking the time to really just breathe and take it all in is always awesome.

Who is your favorite NFL player and why?

Cabinda: My favorite NFL player would probably be Gerald Hodges just because I love the way he plays downhill and I hope to be able to be as a good as he is one day.

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

Cabinda: It would be Lebron James just because he’s my favorite athlete and he’s someone whose brain I would love to pick apart.

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

Cabinda: It would probably have to be playing in the Iowa stadium just because of how hostile of an environment it was it’s a great feeling to get a win there.

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

Cabinda: Definitely would have to be going into sports broadcasting which is something I have grown an admiration for since being in college and definitely something I would really like to pursue.


What is your perfect pizza?

Cabinda: Barbecue chicken pizza with bacon on it

Last 3 songs you added to your playlist?

Cabinda: Word of Mouth –Shotta Spence; No cap –Future and Young thug; Pick it up- Famous Dex and A$AP Rocky

Taylor Swift or Miley Cyrus?

Cabinda: Neither

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

Cabinda: Leonardo Dicaprio

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

Cabinda: All eyez on me

In the Mountains or on a Beach?

Cabinda: Beach








Weekly Update: Notre Dame continues to climb in the polls after huge win over USC and Penn State stays unbeaten

WEEK 8 GRAPHICEver since losing a one-point game at home in Week 2 to undefeated Georgia, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish have slowly ascended the ladder of national relevance.

Notre Dame won its fifth game in row and improved to 6-1 after clobbering previously No. 11 ranked USC in South Bend. The Irish amassed nearly 500 yards on the ground to bury the Trojans.

Running back Josh Adams and quarterback Brandon Wimbush combined for 297 of those yards on 33 carries and scored five of the Notre Dame touchdowns.

Notre Dame climbed to No. 9 in the AP Top 25 and is No. 10 in the Coaches Poll.

No. 2 ranked Penn State stayed undefeated and head coach James Franklin picked up his first victory over Michigan in the marquee match-up of Week 8.

Penn State’s offense piled up more than 500 yards of offense on the previously No. 1 ranked Michigan Wolverines defense. Quarterback Trace McSorley piled up 358 of those yards and accounted for four touchdowns and was honored as the Walter Camp FBS Offensive Player of the Week.

Senior linebacker Jason Cabinda had 13 tackles, a TFL and a sack to pace a defense that limited Michigan to fewer than 275 total yards. Penn State outscored Michigan 21-0 the second half.

Meet University of Pennsylvania Chapter President and Quakers linebacker Sam Follansbee in our weekly Beyond The Trophy series.

Princeton continues to score points at an alarming pace, scoring 50 or more points in three consecutive games for the first time since 1890 when famous poet Edgar Allen Poe was the captain of the Tigers football team.

Led by Tigers quarterback Chad Kanoff, who was 20-for-20 in the first half and finished with 421 passing yards, Princeton blew out Harvard by five touchdowns and is in the hunt for another Ivy League title.

Wide receiver Jesper Horsted had the third most receiving yards in school history, 246, on 13 catches. He also had a pair of TD receptions and threw a touchdown pass to snare the Uplifting Athletes Rare Performance of Week 8.

Quarterback Clayton Thorson plunged over from 1 yard out in overtime to propel Northwestern to its second victory in a row. The Wildcats edged Iowa in a defensive battle at home to get back to .500 in the Big Ten and are 4-3 overall.

Georgia Tech outscored Wake Forest 25-3 in the second half to rally from a four-point halftime deficit at home. The Yellowjackets’ duo of quarterback TaQuon Marshall and halfback KirVonte Benson combined to rush for 299 yards and three touchdowns on 49 carries.

Colgate freshman quarterback Grant Breneman threw a pair of touchdown passes and rushed for two more as the Raiders thumped Holy Cross on the road. Breneman completed 16 of 24 passes for 222 yards and chipped in another 36 on the ground to account 258 of the Raiders’ 419 total yards. Colgate’s defense came up with four turnovers, including three interceptions, and limited Holy Cross to fewer than 300 total yards.

Fordham limited Georgetown to fewer than 250 yards and only one touchdown to register victory No. 2 of the season. Quarterback Luke Medlock threw for 258 yards and a score to pace the Rams offense.




Nine NFL players choose to partner with Uplifting Athletes during My Cause My Cleats 2017

MCMC 17 GRAPHICUplifting Athletes is partnering with the NFL in the My Cause My Cleats campaign this season.

Players from across the NFL will wear custom cleats that reflect their commitment to charitable causes during Week 13 games.

For the Uplifting Athletes team, most of them became connected to the rare disease cause in college when they were a part of something bigger than themselves. Seven of the nine members of the Uplifting Athletes team have a connection to their football student-athlete led university chapter that supports the rare disease community.

And for those seven, wearing the Uplifting Athletes brand for My Cause My Cleats is simply an extension of their support for their university chapter and the rare disease community.

“I would like to thank all the members of our My Cause My Cleats team and the former chapter members who have continued to be honorable representatives of their university and Uplifting Athletes as alumni,” said Uplifting Athletes Director of Chapter Management Brett Brackett, a former Penn State Chapter President who recently retired from the NFL. “Your platform has become more prevalent yet your heart for the rare disease community continues to shine bright.”

Each pair of uniquely designed cleats will be highlighted by the Uplifting Athletes colors and brand, but will also play tribute to their respective university chapter by featuring the school colors as well.

The current roster for the 2017 Uplifting Athletes My Cause My Cleats team includes: Navorro Bowman (Oakland Raiders), Garry Gilliam (San Francisco 49ers), Riley Dixon (Denver Broncos), Adam Humphries (Tampa Bay Buccaneers), Ted Karras (New England Patriots), Freddie Bishop (New York Jets), Matt Haack (Miami Dolphins) and Shamarko Thomas (Buffalo Bills).

In conjunction with My Cause My Cleats, each member of the Uplifting Athletes team is running a fundraising campaign to support the cause and help tackle rare diseases.

The proceeds from this My Cause My Cleats campaign support the mission of Uplifting Athletes and its charitable programs: Rare Disease Awareness, Rare Disease Research, Uplifting Experiences and Uplifting Leaders.

“As a former professional athlete I am aware of the example we set for the next generation. We are proud to have these nine players set the precedent for our chapters and all athletes across the country,” Brackett said. “For these athletes to continue to lend a voice to a community that is starved for relevant attention and financial incentive to make and market new treatments cannot be undervalued.”

Uplifting Athletes is a national nonprofit that inspires the rare disease community with hope through the power of sport and empowers medical researchers to find cures.

Founded in 2007, Uplifting Athletes has college football student-athlete led chapters nationwide in FBS and FCS programs including half the schools in the Big Ten and ACC conferences.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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