Clemson continued its dominance of the ACC, winning its sixth consecutive outright Conference title by controlling fellow chapter school Notre Dame in the championship game.
Tigers quarterback Trevor Lawrence, who improved to 34-1 as a starter, was named game MVP on the strength of his 412 total yards (322 passing, 90 rushing) and three touchdowns. Clemson’s defense limited the Fighting Irish to just 263 yards and recorded six quarterback sacks.
Clemson avenged its regular-season loss to Notre Dame, and both the Tigers and Irish qualified for the upcoming College Football Playoff.
Clemson Chapter Vice President, punter Will Spiers, buried all three of his kicks against the Irish inside the 20-yard line. Chapter President, long snapper Jack Maddox, handled the long-snap duties in all 11 regular season games and twice earned team special teams player of the game honors. Notre Dame Chapter President, linebacker Drew White, finished with two tackles, one tackle for a loss and his first solo sack of the season.
Notre Dame freshman tight end Michael Mayer led the Irish with five receptions, giving him 35 catches this season. Mayer’s 35 grabs are the most in a single season by a Notre Dame true freshman tight end in Irish history, and ranks tenth among all Notre Dame tight ends for single-season receptions.
Penn State: The Nittany Lions finished their season with four straight victories in a wild affair with fellow chapter school Illinois. Penn State and the Fighting Illini combined to score 63 points in the first half – including 42 in the first quarter. Wide receiver Jahan Dotson had a career day with 189 receiving yards including touchdowns covering 75 and 70 yards. Lamont Wade added a 100-yard kickoff return – the first in a Big Ten game for Penn State and the first 100-plus yard kickoff for the Nittany Lions in a decade.
Northwestern: For the second time in three years the Wildcats fell to Ohio State in the Big Ten Championship game. Northwestern’s defense gave the ‘Cats a chance by limiting the Buckeyes to a season-low 22 points and holding the OSU passing game in check. Northwestern led 10-6 at intermission, but the Buckeyes running game caught fire the second half with 300-plus yards on the ground. Northwestern Chapter Vice President, defensive tackle Joe Spivak, started, and finished with one tackle.
High School: West Essex Regional High School in Roseland, New Jersey
About Brian: Brian has been an impact player on the field the last two seasons for Penn and now is looking to make an impact serving the Rare Disease Community. Brian participated in the 2018 and 2019 Lift For Life events as part of the Iron Quaker and volunteered to assume a leadership role in the Penn Chapter of Uplifting Athletes. He attended the 2020 Leadership Development Conference and is excited to help the UPenn program support the rare disease cause. A native of New Jersey, Brian started 10 games each of the last two seasons at linebacker and in 2019 was a second team All-Ivy selection. He led the Quakers in interceptions in 2019 with three and the last two years as a starter has registered more than 110 tackles and 20-plus tackles for a loss.
What is your most memorable experience as a college football player?
O’NEILL: Beating Harvard on the last play of the game at their stadium.
What drove you to get involved with Uplifting Athletes?
O’NEILL: I wouldn’t be where I am today without those who helped me and allowed me to be in my current situation. So I feel it’s necessary to pay that forward and Uplifting Athletes has provided me a chance to help others.
What have you learned from your experience with Uplifting Athletes?
O’NEILL: That any group, no matter how big or small, can have an impact on a large group like the Rare Disease Community.
What advice would you share with someone in high school looking to play college football?
O’NEILL: Work ethic and being a student of the game are going to propel you to your goals.
Who is your favorite NFL player and why?
O’NEILL: Former Carolina Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly because he is so smart and still such a physical player.
If you could have lunch with any one person (dead or alive), who would you choose and why?
O’NEILL: American astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson.
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Starting this season, the focus of the Rare Disease Champion Award shifted to a team concept in order to provide a platform to recognize all the qualified leaders that have made a significant and lasting impact on the Rare Disease Community. The Rare Disease Champion Team ensures all the inspiring rare disease stories of qualified leaders in college football are shared and celebrated. Uplifting Athletes will honor the 2019 Rare Disease Champion Team at the Maxwell Football Club Awards Gala in Atlantic City and at the Uplifting Athletes Young Investigator Draft in Philadelphia March 6 and 7, respectively.
Quick Hits: Anthony made the selfless decision to sign up to donate his bone marrow through Penn’s “Be The Match” program. While studying for finals in April of 2019, he found out he was a match with a leukemia patient and he arranged to donate his bone marrow over the summer during a break from football. As Anthony prepared for his bone marrow transplant, he was also recovering from a severe shoulder injury. His plan was to return to the field, but the injury was too severe and resulted in nerve damage that ended his football playing career. He’s still part of the Quakers team, serving as a student assistant coach and sending in defensive signals.
INSIDE THE STORY
The native of Freehold, New Jersey was thinking ahead when it came time to choose a college.
Anthony had a dozen offers to play football from colleges at both the FBS and FCS levels. And football was extremely important to the defensive back who was an all-state star in high school.
He had plenty of options, but in the end, the combination of an Ivy League education and the football program at Penn made it an easy decision for Anthony.
That decision would end up having lift altering ramifications for Anthony on a couple fronts.
Shortly after arriving on campus he learned about the Penn football program’s commitment to the “Be The Match” bone marrow transplant registry. It was such an easy process, as Anthony said, registering was a no-brainer.
And then, in his own words, he kind of forgot about signing up before getting a phone call during finals week in the spring of 2019 while studying in the library.
The call had exquisite timing for Anthony, because he was struggling. Not long before being told he was a match to become a bone marrow transplant donor, the junior found out his football playing days were over.
“Football was part of my life for 12 years. I just loved the game. It was my outlet for everything in my life. And in the blink of an eye it was suddenly gone,” Anthony said. “When I got the call for a match it gave me a new perspective on life. It put me right back on track and my life is going great again.”
During preseason camp prior to the 2018 season, Anthony was vying for playing time as a starting safety for the Quakers defense. Already battling a torn labrum in his left shoulder, Anthony suffered a much larger injury in the same shoulder during practice. He tore his rotator cuff and shattered his scapula (shoulder blade) on the same play and headed for surgery and rehab.
The plan was for him to return to practice during Spring Ball on a limited basis and, once fully recovered, resume vying for playing time at safety. That was the plan, at least. When he started working out to get ready for his return, he noticed severe numbness in his left arm. The diagnosis was that his injury also caused nerve damage and he was told his football playing days were over.
Several weeks later he received the call from Be The Match.
“My dad said something to me that really stood out and has stayed with me,” Anthony said. “He told me that I wouldn’t be part of Be The Match if I didn’t have football. He also told me doing the bone marrow transplant has way more impact than the 12 years you played football.”
Being medically disqualified has not stopped Anthony from staying involved with the football program, though. Last season he served as a student assistant/manager – in his words doing a little bit of anything I can to help out – and plans to do it again for his senior season in 2020.
THE RARE JOURNEY
You have less than a 1 percent chance of being picked to become a bone marrow transplant donor when you sign up for a registry.
Anthony became the fifth Penn football player, the first since 2016, to donate since the Quakers’ football team paired up with Be The Match a dozen years ago.
Be The Match was started by former Villanova Head Football Coach Andy Talley, who has dedicated more than 18 years to raising awareness about the need for marrow donors and increasing the likelihood that all patients receive the life-saving transplant they need. In addition to Penn, more than 100 college football programs participate in the program annually.
More than 18 months after joining the registry, Anthony found out he was a match for a 37-year-old mother who was battling leukemia.
All Anthony could think about was how grateful he was to be able to donate to a mom. He has a strong relationship with his mom and his recipient’s children weighed heavily on his mind as he went through three months of intensive blood tests prior to donating his bone marrow.
“Anybody you can donate too, that’s all you care about when you sign up,” Anthony said. “But being told the patient was a mom and knowing the impact my mom had on me … I wanted her kids to have the same opportunity. Based on her age, they are probably young kids, it was a special moment for me.”
This summer Anthony will find out of his bone marrow donation turned out. The standard buffer for a transplant and success is a year. If it turned out to be a success, he will have the opportunity to meet the mother and her family if they consent.
During the process of getting ready for his donation procedure, Anthony relied on teammate Sam Phillip, who donated after the 2016 football season, for advice.
So when the duo was summoned to what they thought was a Skype interview promoting and talking about Penn football and the Be The Match program, it’s safe to say they were shocked when NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell suddenly appeared on the screen.
“Yeah that was kind of crazy. We were staring at a blank screen waiting for the interview to start and Roger Goodell sits down,” Anthony said. “It was all very confusing and happened so fast.”
Goodell surprised the duo by announcing they were each receiving tickets to Super Bowl LIV, along with a guest, in Miami as part of the NFL’s commitment to rewarding members of the football community who have performed selfless acts.
WHAT THEY SAID
“It wasn’t the storybook ending I wanted and pictured for my football career. I envisioned myself playing and winning an Ivy League championship. That wasn’t my lot in life. I’m proud of my football career and I learned a lot about myself as a student-athlete. I wanted to use football to get a great education and that’s why I chose Penn. Not only am I getting a great education, but because I chose Penn, I’ve acquired an invaluable life lesson by becoming a bone marrow transplant donor.” – Anthony Lotti
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.
Uplifting Athletes is pleased to announce the 2019 Uplifting Athletes Rare Disease Champion Team.
For 12 years, Uplifting Athletes has recognized a Rare Disease Champion. Starting in 2019, the focus of the Rare Disease Champion Award shifts from highlighting an individual leader in college football to a team concept that provides an opportunity to recognize leaders in college football that have made a positive and lasting impact on the Rare Disease Community.
The five members of the 2019 Uplifting Athletes Rare Disease Champion team are: Kent State wide receiver Antwan Dixon, Davidson linebacker George Hatalowich, Syracuse offensive lineman Sam Heckel, Penn student assistant Anthony Lotti and Kentucky linebacker Josh Paschal.
Uplifting Athletes couldn’t be more proud to share these inspiring rare disease stories of leaders in college football.
“We feel strongly that our obligation to the Rare Disease Community is to share the powerful and compelling stories of people inside college football who have lived the rare disease journey, as patients and advocates,” Uplifting Athletes Executive Director Rob Long said. “I believe this will be the start of a tradition recognizing those in college football who are inspiring, serving and supporting those who need it the most.”
The Rare Disease Champion Team powered by Sanofi Genzyme is an Uplifting Athletes awareness campaign that is part of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA). The Rare Disease Champion Team will be celebrated at the Maxwell Football Club Awards Gala at the Tropicana Casino & Resort in Atlantic City, N.J. on March 6, 2020 and at Uplifting Athletes’ Young Investigator Draft at Lincoln Financial Field Philadelphia March 7, 2020.
Nominees for the award were solicited from any NCAA FBS, FCS, Division II or Division III institution or college football program nationwide.
Past Rare Disease Champion winners consist of seven FBS players including USC long snapper Jake Olson (2016), UCF linebacker Shaquem Griffin (2018) and Auburn wide receiver Sammie Coates (2015), one FCS player, a Division III quarterback, an FBS assistant coach and an administrator from AFCA.
Former Austin Peay State University Offensive Coordinator and current University of Kansas Assistant Coach Joshua Eargle was honored as the winner of the Rare Disease Champion Award last year.
The Uplifting Athletes Rare Disease Champion Team is a member of the National College Football Awards Association. The NCFAA encompasses the most prestigious awards in college football. Founded in 1997, the NCFAA and its 25 awards now boast over 800 recipients, dating to 1935.
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.