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.
With a flair for the dramatic, Illinois became bowl eligible for
the first time since 2014 with an improbable come-from-behind victory at Michigan
The Illini trailed 28-3 in the second quarter and 31-10 entering
the fourth quarter. In the end, Quarterback Brandon Peters threw a 5-yard
touchdown to Daniel Barker with five seconds remaining to complete the rally
and seal the victory.
On the final drive, Illinois converted a fourth-and-17 and drew a
fourth-down pass interference call in the end zone before scoring. Peters
finished with 369 passing yards and three touchdowns.
Wide receiver Josh Imatorbhebhe, a transfer from USC, had four receptions
for 178 yards and two touchdowns. The junior’s 178 yards is the most receiving
yards by an opponent at Spartan Stadium since at least 2000 and the most by an
Illinois player ever in the 47-game series history against Michigan State.
The Illini, who forced four turnovers to help fuel the comeback,
have won four straight.
Baylor: The Bears stayed undefeated thanks to a triple overtime victory
at TCU. The opportunity to win the game in overtime came courtesy of redshirt
freshman kicker John Mayers. His previous long field goal was 38 yards. His
career-best 51-yard kick with 36 seconds remaining in regulation pulled the
Bears level at 9-9. Charlie Brewer’s 4-yard TD pass to Denzel Mims in the third
OT was the game winner. Baylor is 9-0 for the second time in program history
after opening the 2013 season with nine victories in a row.
Penn: The Quakers’ eventual game winning touchdown early in the fourth
quarter came on a trick play that started in the
hands of the backup quarterback who threw back to a transfer
quarterback/returner/receiver who then uncorked an 80-yard touchdown pass to a
converted defensive back who’d never caught a touchdown before. The long
distance catch-and-run by Eric Markes from Owen Goldsberry gave Penn a 21-14
lead. Cornell scored a touchdown to cap a 16-play, 94-yard drive with 50
seconds remaining to pull to within a point. The Big Red opted to go for the
win with a 2-point conversion, but Penn freshman DB Kendren Smith knocked down
the pass to preserve the victory.
Notre Dame: Senior quarterback Ian Book threw four touchdown passes and
rushed for 149 yards in the win over Duke to become the first player in Notre
Dame history to rush for more than 100 yards in a game and throw four touchdown
passes. Notre Dame Chapter Vice President and linebacker Drew White led the
Irish with seven total tackles including a sack and a tackle for a loss.
Davidson: On a day when the Wildcats rushing attack rolled up more than 450
yards and amassed a 33-point second quarter, this victory was also one for the
program record books. Junior running back Wesley Dugger took over as the
all-time leading rusher in school history as part of his 118-yard effort in the
win over Butler. Dugger moved past John Leverett’s mark of 3,165 yards posted
in 2004 to earn the Uplifting Athletes Rare Performance of the Week. Davidson
Chapter President and linebacker George Hatalowich had six tackles for a
defense that limited Butler to one touchdown and only 257 total yards.
Western Michigan: Senior quarterback Jon Wassink had a career-high
131 rushing yards in the victory over Ball State. Wassink became the first WMU
quarterback to rush for more than 100 yards since Paul Jorgenson had 128
against Northern Illinois in 1973. The victory made the Broncos bowl eligible
for the sixth consecutive season. WMU also completed its third undefeated
season at home since 2000.
Clemson: Running back Travis Etienne added three more touchdowns to his
career resume in the victory over NC State to pass C.J. Spiller’s mark
of 51 career touchdowns and take over as the all-time leader at Clemson with 54
career touchdowns. His 50 career rushing touchdowns is tied for second most in
ACC history. Sophomore quarterback Trevor Lawrence threw for 276 yards and
three touchdowns. It was the fifth consecutive game Lawrence threw at least
three touchdowns passes to become the first quarterback in school history to
pass for three scores in five straight games.
Florida State: The Seminoles scored 14 unanswered points in a 45-second span
inside the final two minutes of the fourth quarter to pull away from Boston
College. D.J. Matthews’ 60-yard touchdown pass from James Blackman with 1:48 to
play made it 31-24 FSU. Jordan Travis made it a two-score game with a 66-yard
gallop only 45 seconds later to extend the lead to 38-24. Blackman finished
with 369 passing yards and wide receiver Terry Tamorrion had seven catches for
156 yards and a touchdown.
Colgate: Quarterback Grant Breneman rushed for a career-high 105 yards and
added 195 yards through the air with a touchdown to help the Raiders notch
their first home victory of the season with a win over Fordham. Colgate’s
defense limited the visiting Rams to only 33 rushing yards and 208 total yards.
The Raiders’ defense also added five tackles for a loss and three sacks.
Eastern Illinois: The Panthers used a furious second-half
comeback that included a third-quarter successful onside kick to rally past
Tennessee State for their first win of the season. EIU outscored TSU 28-3 in
the second half after falling behind 35-21 at intermission. Darshon McCullough
led a pair of Panthers running backs with 155 yards on 17 carries with a touchdown.
On a milestone day, where Penn played the 1,400th game in program
history, the Quakers first Ivy League victory of the season came in dramatic
fashion at Franklin Field.
Sophomore kicker Daniel Karrash made his first collegiate field
goal attempt a memorable one, as the Philadelphia native drilled a 22-yard kick
with two seconds remaining to vault the Quakers past Brown.
Junior linebacker Brian O’Neill gave Penn a 35-19 lead early in
the third quarter with a 21-yard scoop and score on a fumble. After that, the
Quakers’ offense sputtered and Brown scored 17 unanswered points to surge in
front 36-35 with 4:10 to play.
Penn went on a 16-play, 74-yard victory march, including a
fourth-and-7 conversion, to set up Karrash’s dramatic winning kick.
Notre Dame: Staring down the barrel of an upset by Virginia Tech at Notre
Dame Stadium, the Fighting Irish’s struggling offense climbed off the deck in
the dying minutes to rally for a one-point victory over the Hokies. Notre Dame,
held scoreless in the second half up to this point, manufactured an 18-play,
87-yard drive in the final 3:22 to win it. Quarterback Ian Book capped the
march with a seven-yard touchdown run with 29 seconds to play. Notre Dame
Chapter President and linebacker Drew White led the Irish defense with eight
Marist: Running back Hunter Cobb had another big outing, as the Red Foxes
won for the second consecutive week. The redshirt freshman accounted for 148 of
Marist’s 166 yards on the ground and scored three touchdowns. In leading the
Red Foxes to back-to-back victories, Cobb has rushed for 324 yards and scored
Clemson: Running back Travis Etienne rushed for a career 212 yards and the
Tigers extended their nation best win streak to 24 games. Clemson scored 59
points in the victory to mark the fourth game in a row the Tigers have scored
45 or more points – the first time in program history that has happened. They
also tied the school record for consecutive home victories with 21. Etienne’s
212 yards came on the fewest carries in school history (9), he reached 1,000
yards in the fewest number of games (9) to tie the school record and the senior
also broke the school record for career rushing touchdowns with an 86-yard
gallop to earn the Uplifting Athletes Rare Performance of the Week.
Baylor: Backstopped by a defense that surrendered the fewest rushing
yards allowed by a Bears team in more than four years, Baylor edged West
Virginia at home to stay undefeated. The 8-0 Bears moved up in the polls to No.
11. Baylor’s defense gave up only 14 rushing yards and fewer than 225 total
yards to win its first game when scoring fewer than 20 points since 2006.
Davidson: The Wildcats never trailed, but it was a grind for the home squad
against a pesky one-win Valparaiso outfit. Wesley Dugger’s 1-yard touchdown run
with two minutes to play snapped a 21-all deadlock. And Davidson Chapter
co-founder and President George Hatalowich iced the six-point victory with an
interception inside the final minute. The victory guarantees Davidson
back-to-back seasons with at least six victories for the first time since 2006
and 2007. Hatalowich finished with a team-high nine tackles.
Princeton: The Tigers ran their winning streak to 17 straight, cracking the
Top Five for winning streaks during the program’s 150-year history. Princeton’s
defense limited Cornell to seven points, forced three turnovers and surrendered
only one third-down conversion in 11 attempts.
Illinois: For the first time since 2011 when they started 6-0, the Fighting
Illini are on a three-game winning streak. Senior linebacker Dele Harding
became the second player in the nation in the last 20 years to have 12-plus
tackles, 2.0-plus tackles for a loss, 1-plus interception and 1-plus touchdown
in a single game in the victory over Rutgers. Tied 10-10 at intermission,
Illinois scored all 28 points in the second half to pull away.
Colgate: Two big punt returns by Abu Daramy-Swaray covering 78 total yards
and the Raiders’ defense forced a pair of key second-half fumbles that led to
points for victory No. 16 in 17 games against Georgetown.
Down to its last gasp, Fordham quarterback Tim DeMorant hit Fotis
Kokosioulis on a fourth-down touchdown pass from 17 yards out with 16 seconds
remaining to cap a thrilling come-from-behind Patriot League victory at
Fordham was on the cusp of losing its second game this season by a
single score when DeMorant was picked off at the Rams 34 with 2:57 remaining.
The defense set the table for victory by holding serve against the
Hoyas offense, coming up with a fourth-down stop. Fordham took over 73 yards
from the end zone with 81 seconds remaining and no timeouts.
Three completions covering 55 yards moved the ball to the
Georgetown 17 before three straight incompletions set up the final-play drama.
Rams RB Zach Davis notched his fourth straight 100-yard game and
the 30 points by Fordham was the most surrendered by the Hoyas defense this
year who came into the game ranked No. 2 in FCS scoring defense.
Penn State: Head coach James Franklin recorded his first career road victory
in 12 attempts against a ranked opponent by edging Iowa to remain unbeaten.
Penn State’s defense produced the only turnovers of the game in the second half
and freshman RB Noah Cain had his second consecutive 100-yard effort to power
the Nittany Lions.
NC State: For the second consecutive game the Wolfpack defense recorded eight sacks to subdue Syracuse in a low-scoring affair. The Pack’s 16 total sacks in back-to-back games are the most in consecutive games in school history. The previous high was 14 (vs. UVA and UNC) in 1982.
Penn: The Quakers finished the non-conference portion of their schedule
2-2 thanks to four touchdowns and 178 rushing yards from Karekin Brooks.
The senior had three rushing touchdowns, caught a TD pass and averaged 6.4
yards per carry.
Kent State: Behind a defense that limited rival Akron to fewer than 300
yards, the Golden Flashes soared to the top of the MAC standings and claimed
the Wagon Wheel game by rolling the Zips. Kent State Chapter President Antwan
Dixon had five catches for Kent State.
Princeton: The Tigers improved to 4-0 and have now won 14 straight after
overwhelming winless Lafayette. Collin Eaddy had three touchdown runs to power
the Princeton offense and the defense limited the visitors to seven first downs
and 162 yards of total offense on 57 plays.
Colgate: Defensive tackle Nick Wheeler registered two sacks against Bucknell to break a
38-year-old Colgate career sack record. Wheeler bumped his sack total to six
for the season and 29½ for his career, passing Kelly Robinson, who tallied 28½
from 1979-81. Wheeler earned the Week 7 Uplifting Athletes Rare Performance of
Baylor: The upstart Bears moved to 6-0 with a double OT victory over
Texas Tech in a wild back-and-forth contest that saw the lead changed hands six
times. Baylor QB Charlie Brewer struggled at times, but came through with three
rushing touchdowns and an 81 yard march down the field late in the fourth
quarter for a field goal to force overtime. In the second OT, Baylor won it
with a 5-yard touchdown run by JaMycal Hasty.
Western Michigan: A 21-point second quarter explosion powered the
Broncos to a homecoming victory over Miami (Ohio). Western Michigan is 4-0 at
Waldo Stadium this season. Grad transfer Keith Mixon Jr. sparked the offense
with touchdown catches covering 46 and 37 yards. WMU Chapter President Justin
Tranquill tied for the team high in tackles with nine and also had a pass
Notre Dame: Powered by running back Tony Jones’ career 176 rushing yards, the
Fighting Irish jumped to a 17-3 halftime lead and held off a late charge from
USC. Jones had 120 of those yards in the first half.
Clemson: Behind a defense that produced four takeaways and limited Florida
State to only 253 total yards, the defending National Champion Tigers
became just the 15th FBS program to reach 750 all-time wins, and the first ACC
program to reach that mark. Clemson RB Travis Etienne finished with 127 yards,
three touchdowns and became the seventh player in school history to rush for
more than 3,000 yards.
Baylor redshirt freshman kicker John Mayers
missed a 38-yard field goal early in the game, but drilled one from the same
distance into a stiff wind with just 21 seconds remaining to propel the Bears
to 4-0 overall with the victory in their Big 12 opener over Iowa State.
Late in the third quarter, the Bears led 20-0
before the Cyclones offense caught fire and ripped off 21 unanswered points on
three consecutive drives to surge in front with 3:45 to play.
Baylor quarterback Charlie Brewer rallied his
squad with a clutch 13-play, 54-yard drive that set up the winning field goal.
Brewer was 7-of-10 on the decisive drive and converted three times on third-down
The Bears have won six straight games (dating back to 2018 season)
for the first time since opening the 2016 season 6-0.
Penn State: Sophomore quarterback Sean
Clifford had a career night and set a school record in only his fourth start.
The Penn State Chapter President set personal records for yards passing (398)
and completions (26) and he set a school record for passing yards in a half
with 287 in the blowout of Maryland. Clifford also scored the first
rushing touchdown of his career on the Nittany Lions first snap from scrimmage.
The shutout by the Penn State defense was the first at Maryland since 1970.
Penn: Senior running back Karekin
Brooks scored a pair of fourth-quarter touchdown runs covering 2 and 31 yards
to seal a road victory at Lafayette for the Quakers’ first win of the season.
Penn was nursing a four-point lead entering the final 15 minutes before Brooks
found the end zone twice. He finished with 202 yards on 29 carries.
Brooks’ 202-yard game was the third 200-plus yard
game of his career and in the process he became the first player in program
history to post three career 200-plus yard games to earn the Uplifting Athletes
Rare Performance of the Week.
The Victory Cannon will stay in Kalamazoo for the seventh time in the last nine
years after the Broncos rolled over in-state rival Central Michigan. The WMU
defense limited the Chippewas to 107 rushing yards and shut them out for three
quarters. Western Michigan Chapter President Justin Tranquill recorded the
first sack of his career, his second interception in 2019 and also had a tackle
for a loss.
Lehigh: It took one of the best
defensive efforts in recent Mountain Hawks history for Lehigh to post its first
victory of the season. Despite being on the field a whopping 37 minutes, the
Mountain Hawk defense held Merrimack to minus-25 yards rushing, recorded six
sacks, posted two takeaways and the only points Lehigh surrendered was a
second-quarter field goal.
Notre Dame: Behind a defense that posted
eight sacks and five turnovers, the Fighting Irish rallied from its first
halftime deficit of the season to outscore Virginia 21-3 in the second half in
a battle of previously Top 20 ranked teams. Defensive end Julian Okwara led the
defense with 3 sacks, two quarterback hurries and two forced fumbles, both of
which led to Irish touchdowns. Notre Dame Chapter President Drew White
tied for the team-high in tackles with seven including five solo stops.
Saint Francis: A blocked punt set up the Red
Flash for the only touchdown of the game in a defensive tussle in Rhode Island
with Bryant. In it’s three wins, Saint Francis has only surrendered 14, 13 and
six points. In a game that saw the two squads combined for 20 punts, the Red Flash
defense limited Bryant to 210 total yards, a pair of field goals and 2 of 17 on
third down. SFU Chapter President Nick Rinella paced the defense with eight
tackles including seven solo stops and a tackle for a loss.
Florida State: Quarterback Alex Hornibook, a
graduate transfer from Wisconsin, made his first career start for the Seminoles
and threw for a career-high 316 yards and three touchdowns in the victory over NC
State. The victory over the Wolfpack marked the first time since 2016 that
FSU has posted back-to-back victories in ACC games since the 2016 season.
Stony Brook: Junior quarterback Tyquell
Fields scrambled 50 yards for a touchdown on a fourth-down play to score with
11 seconds remaining to give the Seawolves a dramatic come-from-behind road
victory in their CAA opener. Stony Brook and Rhode Island combined to score 37
points in the wild fourth quarter that saw URI score a pair of touchdowns in
less than 30 seconds inside the final 2 minutes to erase a 10-point deficit.
Syracuse: Quarterback Tommy DeVito, the
first-year starter for the Orange, threw four touchdown passes for the second
consecutive game becoming only the second Syracuse quarterback in program to
have multiple four-plus touchdown games during his career in the comfortable
win over Holy Cross. Former Orange signal caller Ryan Nassib threw four TD
passes in a game four times during his career.
Princeton: Senior quarterback Andrew Davidson,
making only his second start for the Tigers, broke the Princeton and Ivy League
single-game record for touchdown passes in a game with seven in the victory
over Bucknell. Senior wide receiver Andrew
Griffin hauled in four of those touchdown passes to tie the 28-year-old school
and Ivy League record for touchdowns by a wide receiver in a game.
Fordham: Rams linebacker Ryan Greenhagen,
coming off back-to-back Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week honors,
appears to be a strong candidate to make it three in a row after posting 13
tackles, including 10 solo, a career-high 4.5 tackles for a loss and one sack
in a victory over Richmond. Defensive back Dervin Hylton Jr. knocked down a
pair of passes in the end zone in the dying seconds to preserve the second win
of the season for Fordham.
Clemson: The defending National
Champions made it 20 victories in a row thanks to its defense stuffing North
Carolina on a two-point conversion attempt inside the final two minutes to
preserve a one-point victory over the Tar Heels. It was the first road victory
for the Tigers at North Carolina since 2002.