For the sixth consecutive year, Uplifting Athletes is empowering NFL prospects with the opportunity to use the NFL Combine as a platform to give back by raising funds and awareness in support of the Rare Disease Community.
Reps For Rare Diseases has been used as a way for athletes to give back at a pivotal point in their quest to play at the highest level as they put their skills on display for NFL teams.
Since its inception in 2015, more than 100 players have participated in this campaign through either the NFL Combine or NFL Pro Day workouts.
This year Uplifting Athletes currently has 21 players who chose to participate in Reps For Rare Diseases 2020 at the NFL Combine including: Grayland Arnold, JaMycal Hasty, Denzel Mims, Clay Johnston, James Lynch and Chris Miller from Baylor, Davion Taylor from Colorado, Jalen Elliott, Alohi Gilman, Tony Jones Jr., Cole Kmet, Chris Finke and Julian Okwara from Notre Dame, Juwan Johnson from Oregon, Rob Windsor from Penn State, Kevin Davidson from Princeton, Sterling Hofrichter and Kendall Coleman from Syracuse, Reggie Robinson and Trevis Gipson from Tulsa and Shaun Bradley from Temple.
“During Combine and Pro Day training, so much time and energy is focused by these young men on achieving their dreams of playing in the NFL,” former NFL player and Uplifting Athletes’ Chapter Success Manager Levi Norwood said. “It is amazing to see so many NFL hopefuls realize, especially during this tiring and grueling process, how impactful their platform can be. We are honored they chose to stand alongside Uplifting Athletes and the Rare Disease Community.”
Fans and supporters can pledge towards the performance of any one of our NFL Combine participants this year and help Uplifting Athletes tackle rare diseases.
Horizon Therapeutics plc and Uplifting Athletes announced a new partnership for the 2020 Reps for Rare Diseasescampaign. Horizon will match donations up to $35,000 through its #RAREis program, which is dedicated to providing individuals living with rare disease and families access to resources that connect, inform and educate as they navigate their daily lives.
“Thank you to all the athletes participating in Reps For Rare Diseases and good luck as you continue your football journey,” Uplifting Athletes Director of Sports Impact and NFL veteran Brett Brackett said. “This group of athletes displays the empathy and character that helps them stand out amongst their peers. Any NFL team would be lucky to have one of these men representing their organization.”
The proceeds from the 2020 Reps For Rare Diseases campaign support the mission of Uplifting Athletes and its charitable programs: Rare Disease Awareness, Rare Disease Research, Uplifting Experiences and Uplifting Leaders.
The cornerstone of the Uplifting Leaders program is our network of Chapters on campuses across the country led by college football student-athletes.
This past weekend, 39 leaders from 20 schools gathered in Atlanta for a high impact and fast paced weekend of learning and development during our 11th annual Uplifting Athletes Leadership Development Conference.
The 2020 conference provided an opportunity for our Chapter leadership to develop relationships that stretch beyond the football field, to absorb enhanced mission and vision insight based on Uplifting Athletes’ four programs – Rare Disease Awareness, Rare Disease Research, Uplifting Experiences and Uplifting Leaders – and to plot a chapter strategy for 2020.
“The difference for me this year was it’s a new group of guys mostly, but you establish similar quality of relationships,” said Clemson Chapter leader and Tigers’ long snapper Jack Maddox, who was attending his second conference. “I have a year of experience now, so I know more about what’s going on. I’m not overwhelmed as much and I know what we can and can’t do at our chapter. It’s such a valuable weekend.”
Following a meet-and-greet dinner Friday night, the conference kicked off Saturday with a full day of programming. Four breakout sessions led by Uplifting Athletes staff were followed by an “entering the real world” question-and-answer session with former college athletes.
“I loved that the athletes had an opportunity to meet individuals with rare diseases outside of a hospital setting,” said Carol Unger, whose 32-year-old son Matthew is diagnosed with the ultra rare disease WAGR Syndrome. “I feel it is important to note that our children grow up, although some may still be at the maturity level of a 7 or 8 year old, and cherish those opportunities to meet with folks from the outside world.”
The first day of the conference closed out with a work session on three of Uplifting Athletes’ main events – Lift For Life, Reps For Rare Diseases and Touchdown Pledge Drive.
“Since Penn State is such an established chapter, my journey here is to learn what else can we do next to help support the Rare Disease Community,” said Penn State Chapter leader and long snapper Chris Stoll, who is in line to be the next PSU Chapter President taking over for quarterback Sean Clifford.
“I’m very excited to be more involved at another level. Sean did a great job and put a lot into it. But he’s our starting quarterback now and that’s a big job. I’m pumped to be here again and to meet so many guys who have passion for the rare disease cause and for using their platform to make a difference. And I’m very excited to get more involved at the next level.”
Sunday started with Dr. David Fajgenbaum, a former Uplifting Athletes Young Investigator Draft grant recipient, founder of the Castleman Disease Collaborative Network and rare disease research pioneer, sharing his story via a live video conference.
The conference wrapped up with some additional highlights of Uplifting Athletes’ programming that is available to support the rare disease cause and a work session to kick off 2020 at the chapter level.
A special thank you to all our sponsors and supporters who made this conference possible, Deloitte, Sanofi Genzyme, Jean Campbell and JFC Consulting and the College Football Hall of Fame. With your help, these young men are making a difference in the Rare Disease Community.
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.
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.
Stony Brook roared back from an 18-point halftime deficit capped
by kicker Nick Courtney’s 22-yard field goal as time expired to upset FCS No. 5
The road victory marks the second time in program history the
Seawolves beat a team ranked in the Top 5. Stony
Brook defeated No. 2 Richmond in 2016.
Stony Brook scored 10 points in the final 92
seconds after trailing 35-20 midway through the fourth quarter. The Seawolves
scored the final 16 points.
Quarterback Tyquell Fields was instrumental in
the rally, throwing for a career-best 321 yards with one passing TD and a pair
of rushing touchdowns. His 1-yard plunge with 1:32 to play pulled the Seawolves
to within 35-33 after a failed two-point conversion.
Stony Brook then used all its timeouts and forced the Wildcats to punt with 21 seconds to play. The Seawolves connected on a 40-yard completion from Fields to Nick Anderson in the dying seconds to set up the game winning field goal by Courtney.
Lehigh: For the third straight game the Mountain Hawks’ fate came down to
the final play of the game. And for the third straight time Lehigh walked away
with a victory. Austin Henning’s 27-yard field goal as time expired lifted
Leigh to 3-0 in the Patriot League with a home victory over Georgetown. The
Hoyas rallied with a 72-yard touchdown bomb on fourth-and-4 and added a
two-point conversion to tie it up at 24 with 1:23 to play. Lehigh answered by
calmly traveling 59 yards in eight plays to set up the winning kick. Lehigh
Chapter President and wide receiver Jorge Portorreal posted a team-high eight
catches for 103 yards to help the Mountain Hawks win their fourth in a row.
Penn State: Nittany Lions quarterback and Penn State Chapter President Sean
Clifford threw four touchdown passes, three of them to tight end Pat
Freiermuth, as the undefeated Nittany Lions posted a 21-point soggy and rain
swept victory at Michigan State. Penn State is 8-0 for the first time since
2008, is 5-0 in the Big Ten for the first time since 2011 and moved up to No. 5
in the rankings. The Nittany Lions defense produced three turnovers, limited
the Spartans to seven points and broke up eight passes.
Marist: Redshirt freshman running back Hunter Cobb ran for 178 yards and
a pair of touchdowns on 17 carries and the Red Foxes defense forced a pair of
turnovers to upset Davidson on the road in North Carolina. The Red Foxes
defense limited the No. 3 FCS rushing offense in the country to 202 yards on 46
carries. Cobb’s 89-yard touchdown run in the third quarter is the
fourth-longest touchdown run by a Red Fox in the program’s 27-year FCS history
and the longest in the last seven years and earned him the Uplifting Athletes
Rare Performance of the Week.
Western Michigan: Senior running back LeVante Bellamy posted a
career-high four touchdowns and rushed for 178 yards to lead a Broncos ground
game that rolled up nearly 400 yards and six touchdowns in their victory over
Bowling Green. Junior linebacker Treshaun Hayward led a WMU defense that limited
the Falcons to only 266 total yards with 13 tackles (10 solo), two sacks and
three tackles for a loss.
Illinois: The Illini rushed for a season-high 242 yards and its defense
forced a pair of turnovers in the rain-soaked victory at Purdue. Senior RB Dre
Brown had a career-high 131 yards on the ground to help Illinois win its second
in a row and get to 4-4 overall. Junior cornerback Tony Adams became the first Illini with interceptions in
back-to-back Big Ten games since Vontae Davis and Kevin Mitchell both did
it against Penn State and Wisconsin in 2007.
Clemson: Running back Travis Etienne and wide receiver Diondre Overton
each scored three touchdowns as the undefeated Tigers extended their winning
streak to 23 games with a 52-point victory over Boston College on homecoming at
Memorial Stadium. Clemson’s defense held the No. 6 ranked rushing offense in
the country to only 96 yards on the ground, scored a touchdown on a fumble
return and had eight tackles for a loss.
Princeton: Led by a defense that produced three interceptions that led to 17
points, the Tigers rallied in the second half to overtake Harvard for win No.
16 in a row. Tigers quarterback Kevin Davidson threw for 312 yards and three
touchdowns and linebacker Jeremiah Taylor had one of those interceptions and a
team-high 13 tackles.
Florida State: Seminoles running
back Cam Akers rushed for 144 yards, completed a couples pass for 26 yards out
of the “wildcat” formation and tied a school record for rushing touchdowns in a
game with four to lead FSU to a homecoming victory over Syracuse.
In the past 44 years, Illinois has played 20-plus point favorites
15 times at Memorial Stadium with zero upset victories.
That streak ended on Saturday against Wisconsin. The 31-point
underdog Fighting Illini pulled off the biggest upset in college football this
season by knocking No. 6 Wisconsin from the ranks of the unbeaten.
Junior kicker James McCourt drilled a 39-yard field goal as time
expired to lift the Illini to its first win over a ranked opponent since 2011
and made the Badgers the highest ranked opponent to fall to Illinois since
McCourt’s kick capped a 10-point rally by the Fighting Illini
after they fell behind 23-14 with just under 10 minutes to play in the fourth
Turnovers played a key role. The Illini converted three takeaways,
two fumble recoveries and an interception, into 17 points. McCourt’s game
winner came nine plays after Tony Adams’ interception with 2:32 to play.
Josh Imatorbhebhe, a transfer wide receiver from USC who entered
the game with a Big Ten-leading five touchdown catches, hauled in a 29-yard TD
toss from Brandon Peters with 5:53 remaining to start the comeback.
The Illini put up 24 points against a Wisconsin defense that had
allowed only 29 points all season and was coming off back-to-back shutouts. A
first-half 48-yard touchdown catch by Donny Navarro snapped a scoreless streak of 148 minutes of game time by the Badgers
defense, dating back to September 28.
Lehigh: For the second straight game the Mountain Hawks won in dramatic
fashion on the road, pushing their winning streak to three straight and
improving to 2-0 in the Patriot League. Devon Bibbens’ four-yard touchdown from
Addison Shoup lifted Lehigh past Fordham in overtime. The team appeared
headed for a second overtime with an exchange of field goals, but a roughing
the kicker call against the Rams gave Lehigh a second chance in the first OT
and the Mountain Hawks took full advantage. Shoup’s touchdown pass was his only
attempt of the game. He took over for Tyler Monaco after the senior was forced
out with an injury in overtime. Zach Davis powered the Rams with 191 rushing
yards on 34 carries and forced OT with a 40-yard scamper with 7:25 to play in
Baylor: The Bears trailed by 10 early in the third quarter and were still
down three early in the fourth quarter before ripping off 21 unanswered points
in a 4-minute span to bury Oklahoma State in Stillwater. The victory was only
the second for Baylor at Boone Pickens Stadium and moved No. 14 ranked Baylor
to 7-0. This was the third time Baylor rallied from a fourth-quarter deficit in
the last four weeks. QB Charlie Brewer threw for 312 yards, JaMycal Hasty had
205 total yards rushing and receiving and the defense kicked in a fumble return
for a touchdown by LB Terrel Bernard.
Davidson: Junior running back Wesley Dugger had a career day in
Jacksonville, Florida that included setting a Wildcats program record. Dugger
had a career-best five touchdown as part of a 193-yard outing in the victory
over Jacksonville. Those five rushing scores moved Dugger into the No. 1 spot
for Davidson career rushing touchdowns with 37. For becoming the Wildcats’
all-time leader in rushing touchdowns, Dugger earned the Uplifting Athletes
Rare Performance of the Week. Dugger also moved into third on the all-time
school rushing list with 2,940 yards and counting. Davidson Chapter President
George Hatalowich finished with five tackles including one tackle for a loss as
part of a defense that limited the Dolphins to only 81 rushing yards.
Penn State: Quarterback Sean Clifford, the Penn State Chapter President, was
responsible for all four Nittany Lions touchdowns in a tight victory over No.
16 Michigan in front of the fourth-largest crowd in Beaver Stadium history.
Penn State remains unbeaten at 7-0, moved up to No. 6 in the latest rankings
and beat back-to-back ranked opponents for the first time since 2005. Clifford
had a rushing touchdown and three TD passes, including a pair to wideout K.J.
Hamler, who finished with 108 receiving yards on six catches.
Saint Francis: The Red Flash defense posted the first shutout for Saint Francis
since 2015 and limited Long Island to only 157 total yards. Redshirt sophomore
QB Jason Brown tossed three TD passes and finished with 247 yards through the
air. Saint Francis’ defense limited LIU to minus-1 yard rushing, racked up 14
tackles for a loss and recorded four sacks. SFU Chapter President Nick Rinella
chipped in with four tackles and was in on a tackle for a loss.
Princeton: The Tigers scored seven touchdowns and posted 51 points in a
near-perfect first half to stay undefeated and run its winning streak to 15
games. At the center of the Princeton storm was QB Kevin Davidson. The senior
from California, who leads the FCS in completion percentage at nearly 73 percent,
threw for 379 yards and five touchdowns by completing 27 of his 35 attempts.
Wideout Jacob Birmelin was the other half of the Tigers’ explosion, registering
11 catches for 176 yards and two touchdowns in the first half alone.
Clemson: Led by a defense forced three turnovers, registered six sacks and
limited Louisville to only 263 total yards, the defending National Champion
Tigers stayed unbeaten and ran their winning streak to a record 22 in a row. RB
Travis Etienne had another monster game with 192 yards on only 14 carries and
one touchdown. Etienne averaged 13.7 yards per carry as part of an offense that
piled up 551 yards on the road.
Colgate: After seven consecutive setbacks the defending Patriot League
champions picked up victory No. 1 of the 2019 season on the road at Cornell.
But it wasn’t easy. The Raiders defense had to make a late stand to preserve
the one-point win. Defensive lineman Jacob Esarco had a sack, a forced fumble
and a fumble recovery. The Raiders turned Esarco’s fumble recovery into seven
critical points. Colgate’s last victory was in the second round of the NCAA FCS
Playoffs – a span of 322 days.
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.