Baylor pulls off upset of Oklahoma State highlights Week 9 Chapter Upate


BAYLOR GRAPHICIn his second season in charge at Baylor, head coach Matt Ruhle declared the goal for this season was to become bowl eligible. The Bears were 1-11 a year ago and are in the midst of a massive program re-build.

What might be considered normal preseason coach speak was exactly what Ruhle believed was possible for this team. And with an impressive home upset of Oklahoma State in come-from-behind fashion, Baylor is one victory away from achieving that goal.

Quarterback Charlie Brewer, who didn’t start but entered the game in the second half on the heels of spending time in concussion protocol during the week, led the Bears on three touchdown drives in the final 16 minutes.

Brewer completed only four passes, but his final one to Denzel Mims covered six yards for a touchdown with 7 seconds remaining to give Baylor a dramatic come-from-behind victory. It was Mims’ only catch of the day after sitting out almost the entire game with an illness.

Nick Rinella goes old-school and does a little bit of everything for Saint Francis to earn Uplifting Athletes Rare Performance of the Week honors

Princeton: The No. 17 ranked Tigers moved to 8-0 for the first time since 1995 and took over sole possession of first place in the Ivy League with an emotional and dramatic come-from-behind victory over No. 20 Dartmouth in a battle of two previously unbeaten squads. In a game dominated by defense, Princeton QB John Lovett powered over from the 5-yard-line with 6:33 to play for the winning touchdown. Dartmouth held a 9-7 lead for nearly two quarters after notching a safety in very early stages of the second quarter.

Colgate: The No. 11 ranked Raiders wrapped up their 10th Patriot League title and third in the last four years with perhaps its best showing of the season, a 41-0 blanking of Fordham. Colgate scored 14 points in the first quarter and led 31-0 at halftime. The Raiders not only rushed for a season-high 364 yards – best total since 2012 – but the Colgate defense set a program record by limiting the Rams to minus-50 yards rushing. The shutout was No. 5 on the season for the Raiders, who have not surrendered a touchdown since the 6:59 mark of the fourth quarter in the season opener against Holy Cross. That’s a streak of nearly 430 minutes.

Illinois: Led by a running game that gashed Minnesota for a 430 yards – the most since 2010 – the Orange and Blue improved to 4-5 overall this season. Junior running back Reggie Corbin racked up a career-high 213 yards on just 13 carries (16.4 yards per carry). Corbin found a hole on the Illini’s second offensive snap of the game and outraced the Gopher defense for a 72-yard touchdown to put Illinois in front for good. Corbin also added a 77-yard touchdown in the third quarter, giving him four runs of 70-plus yards on the year.

Syracuse: Playing as a ranked team for the first time since 2001, the Orange pounded Wake Forest by running the ball 60 times for 264 yards and five touchdowns on the ground. A little sluggish early, Syracuse fell behind 10-0 early, but responded with 28 unanswered points to seize control. The road victory was the first in the ACC for the Orange since 2016.

Saint Francis: Using a defense that notched four turnovers, three sacks and nine tackles for a loss, the Red Flash won back-to-back games for the first time this season. Junior safety Nick Rinella led Saint Francis in rushing yards, tackles and kick returns yards. He also iced this game with a late fourth-quarter interception in the end zone.

Catch up with Saint Francis Chapter leader Nick Rinella in the latest installment of our Beyond The Trophy Series

Lehigh: Sophomore wide receiver Jorge Portorreal had a career-high nine catches for 216 yards and a pair of touchdowns to pace a Mountain Hawks offense that piled up 550 yards and scored 45 points to end Lehigh’s seven-game losing streak.

Clemson: The Tigers offense exploded for a season-high 77 points to move to 9-0 and remain square in the middle of the College Football Playoff picture as the consensus No. 2 ranked team in the country. The run game powered the Tigers offensively, accounting for 492 of the 661 total yards. Travis Etienne, Lyn-J Dixon and Tavien Feaster each eclipsed 100 yards rushing and combined for four touchdowns. It was the second time this season a trio of Clemson running backs went over the 100-yard mark in the same game.

Penn: For the second game in a row the Quakers defense allowed only a single touchdown, and the offense scored 17 second-half points to nudge past Cornell. The defense for the 6-2 Quakers limited Cornell to 317 total yards while recording eight tackles for a loss and three sacks.

NC State: Freshman running back Ricky Person, Jr. scored three touchdowns and kicker Christopher Dunn kicked four field goals as the duo combined for 35 points in a victory over Florida State that halted the Wolfpack’s two-game slide. NC State is bowl eligible for the fifth consecutive season. Person’s three touchdowns is the most for a freshman since 2013.

Notre Dame: Fighting Irish quarterback Ian Book overcame a sluggish first half to rally undefeated Notre Dame on the road against Northwestern. Book was 15 of 19 for 236 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the second half. He finished with 399 total yards for the Irish (343 passing, 56 rushing) including a 23-yard touchdown run to ice the victory with 2:45 to play.

WEEK 10 SCOREBOARD

Saint Francis Chapter Leader and defensive back Nick Rinella featured in latest Beyond The Trophy series


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

 Name: Nick Rinella

College: Saint Francis University

Height, weight, class, position: 5-foot-10, 200-pound, junior, safety

High School: LaSalle College HS, Collegeville, Pa.

About Rinella: Arrived at Saint Francis as a highly decorated high school player on both side of the ball, earning first-team All-State honors as a senior. Played right away as a freshman on special teams and has started as a safety the last two seasons for the Red Flash. … Serves as a leader for the SFU Chapter of Uplifting Athletes. … Has recorded more than 1,100 yards as a kickoff and punt return specialist with three punts returns for touchdowns. … Has 110 tackles and four interceptions in 15 games as a starter at safety. … In 2017 was second-team All-NEC as a punt return specialist and a CoSIDA Academic All-District selction.

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

Rinella: My first career punt return against Robert Morris my sophomore year.

What drove you to get involved with Uplifting Athletes?

Rinella: I wanted to help make a difference in this world and I wanted to get involved with something on campus. Uplifting Athletes felt like such a good opportunity and experience to pass up.

What have you learned from your experience with Uplifting Athletes?

Rinella: That there are so many people out there with rare disease stories that no one knows about. That there are so many people out there trying to make a difference for these people that just aren’t being heard and we have a great opportunity to change that.

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

Rinella: Walking down to the field through the tailgating parking lot and seeing all the support we have and hear all the fans cheering as we walk by.

Who is your favorite NFL player and why?

Rinella: Earl Thomas because I love the way he plays the game and how he continues to learn more and more about the game each year. Plus, it helps that he is the best safety in the league.

What is your favorite road stadium you ever played in and why?

Rinella: Montana’s because it was electrifying and so big. It was a really neat experience.

 HOT SEAT QUESTIONS

What is your perfect pizza?

Rinella: Meat Lovers

Last 3 songs you added to your playlist?

Rinella: FEFE; Barbie Dreams; Don’t

What is your go-to fast food restaurant?

Rinella: Wendy’s

Favorite sports team (any sport)?

Rinella: The Chicago Bears

What is the most used app on your phone?

Rinella: Snapchat

No. 1 goal for yourself in 5 years?

Rinella: To be playing as an All-Pro in the NFL

 

 

 

 

 

Saint Francis’ Nick Rinella does a little bit of everything for Red Flash to earn Uplifting Athletes Rare Performance of the Week honor


RINELLA RPW GRAPHICSaint Francis junior Nick Rinella went old-school football to help the Red Flash post a victory – putting on a Chuck Bednarik type display by doing a little bit of everything.

Rinella had a huge impact in all three phases for Saint Francis at home against Bryant by leading the Red Flash in rushing yards, tackles and kickoff return yards.

In Saint Francis’ 27-14 victory, Rinella had a team-high 60 rushing yards and a touchdown, led the Red Flash in tackles with 10, returned a pair of kickoffs 94 yards and sealed the victory with a fourth-quarter interception to earn the Uplifting Athletes Rare Performance of the Week.

A two-way star coming out of LaSalle College HS in suburban Philadelphia, Rinella had seen some spot carries as a running back the last two seasons while serving as a starter on defense. But this was the first game where he led the team in rushing.

Rinella’s season-high 10 tackles paced a defense that forced four turnovers, recorded four sacks and notched eight tackles for a loss while limiting Bryant to fewer than 300 total yards.

Right after Bryant had climbed to within 17-14 late in the second quarter, Rinella returned the ensuing kickoff 70 yards to set up a short touchdown run that gave the Red Flash a 24-14 cushion at intermission.

Nursing a two-score lead down the stretch, Rinella capped his stellar all-around performance by picking off a pass in the end zone with less than 5 minutes to play to stymie any comeback hopes Bryant entertained.

Previous Uplifting Athletes Rare Performance of the Week Winners

Week 1: Eric Dungey, Syracuse

Week 2: William Wicks, Davidson

Week 3: Davidson Wildcats Team

Week 4: Jesper Horsted, Princeton

Week 5: Jerry Tillery, Notre Dame

Week 6: John Lovett, Princeton

Week 7: Flynn Nagel, Northwestern

Week 8: Shaka Toney, Penn State

Week 9: Eric Dungey, Syracuse

Penn State Chapter leader Trace McSorley announced as finalist for NFF William V. Campbell Trophy


NFF William V Campbell_ TraceCongratulations to Penn State Uplifting Athletes Chapter Leader Trace McSorley on being named a finalist for the 2018 William V. Campbell Trophy, which annually recognizes an individual as the absolute best football scholar-athlete in the nation.

The National Football Foundation (NFF) & College Hall of Fame announced 13 finalists, who will each receive an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship as a member of the 60th NFF National Scholar-Athlete Class.

“Trace is a tremendous leader on and off the field. He has been a pleasure to work with in his roles as our Penn State Chapter President and Vice President,” Uplifting Athletes Director Sports Impact Brett Brackett said. “He has a passion for the Rare Disease Community and is far more than just one of the best quarterbacks in the nation … he is one of the most well-rounded student-athletes I’ve ever met or had the privilege to work with.”

All 13 finalists will travel to New York City for the 61st NFF Annual Awards Dinner on Tuesday, Dec. 4, where their accomplishments will be highlighted in front of one of the most powerful audiences in all of sports.

At the event, which will take place at the New York Hilton Midtown, one member of the class will be declared the winner of the 29th William V. Campbell Trophy and have his postgraduate scholarship increased to $25,000.

The 13 finalists were selected from a nationwide pool of 179 exceptional semifinalists chosen from all NCAA divisions and the NAIA.

Nominated by their schools, which are limited to one nominee each, candidates for the Campbell Trophy and NFF National Scholar-Athlete Awards must be a senior or graduate student in their final year of playing eligibility, have a GPA of at least 3.2 on a 4.0 scale, have outstanding football ability as a first team player or significant contributor and have demonstrated strong leadership and citizenship.

Three other finalists, Drue Tranquill (Notre Dame), Ryan Finley (NC State) and Christian Wilkins (Clemson), participated in Uplifting Athletes chapter events at their schools.

Illinois Chapter President Nick Allegretti and Saint Francis Chapter President Mike Ames were among the 179 semifinalists.

 

 

 

October meant much more than six points per touchdown for the Rare Disease Community


TDPD 18 WRAP-UP GRAPHICFor the participating members of our nationwide network of college football student-athlete led chapters, touchdowns during the month of October meant more than six points on the board. Each touchdown provided support to the Rare Disease Community.

The Touchdown Pledge Drive 2018 month-long campaign took place on 15 university campuses. Clemson, Colgate, Davidson, Fordham, Illinois, Lehigh, NC State, Northwestern, Penn, Penn State, Princeton, Saint Francis, Stony Brook, Syracuse and Western Michigan all participated.

“I am very impressed with our chapter leaders and how they took advantage of their platform to provide much needed awareness and support to the Rare Disease Community,” Uplifting Athletes Director Sports Impact Brett Brackett said.

Using the on-field performance of touchdowns scored is a simple way for chapter leaders to share the rare disease cause with their fan bases and leverage their platform when they are most relevant. This year the 15 schools combined to score 222 touchdowns in October.

Raising awareness for the cause on behalf of the Rare Disease Community is another pillar of the Touchdown Pledge Drive campaign. With the help of university athletic communications, individual student-athletes and coaches commitment to raising awareness, this year the campaign generated four million impressions on social media.

“We are grateful to everyone who supported this month-long campaign, chapter leaders, coaches, athletic departments and fans,” Brackett said. “Thanks for being part of our team during October and using your performance on the field to have a real impact off the field.”

The direct impact on the Rare Disease Community came through the fundraising for each touchdown scored. And those 222 touchdowns scored raised more than $25,000 to support the mission of Uplifting Athletes and its charitable programs: Rare Disease Awareness, Rare Disease Research, Uplifting Experiences and Uplifting Leaders.

Illinois, Penn State and Western Michigan chapters were the top three on the fundraising impact leaderboard with the Fighting Illini leading the pack.

The challenges faced by the Rare Disease Community are bigger than any one individual, team or organization can tackle alone. The grassroots effort of our nationwide network of teams is uniquely positioned shine a spotlight on rare diseases.

Through Touchdown Pledge Drive our chapters came together as one team each working hard to meet their individual goal in order to help us all Tackle Rare Diseases.

Syracuse ranked inside the Top 25 for the first time 17 years highlights Week 9 Chapter Update


SYRACUSE GRAPHICOn the heels of beating fellow Uplifting Athletes Chapter NC State for the first time in five outings, the Syracuse Orange are nationally ranked for the first time in 17 years.

Syracuse, last ranked in the Top 25 at the end of the 2001 season when the Orange went 10-3 overall, enter the 2018 polls this week at No. 22 in the AP Poll and No. 24 in the Coaches Poll.

The Orange improved to 6-2 overall with a wild 10-point victory at home over the Wolfpack that saw the teams combine for more than 1,100 yards and 92 points. The victory also makes Syracuse bowl eligible for the first time since 2013.

NC State quarterback Ryan Finley threw for 473 yards and three touchdowns in a losing effort.

This was the second game of the year where Syracuse, who improved to 5-0 at home, faced a team in the Top 25. The Orange lost in the final minute at Clemson and now own a win over NC State.

There are still two more teams on Syracuse’s schedule, Notre Dame and Boston College, that are currently ranked in the Top 25.

Syracuse quarterback Eric Dungey surpasses Donovan McNabb to become No. 1 for total yards in school history and earn Uplifting Athletes Rare Performance of the Week honors

Colgate: The beat goes on for the Raiders defense, as they posted their second shutout in a row and fourth in five games for the No. 11 ranked FCS team in the country. Colgate is 7-0 after blanking Georgetown and has surrendered only a pair of field goals in its last six games. The last time the Raiders surrendered a touchdown was at the 6:59 mark of the fourth quarter on September 1 in the season opening 24-17 win over Holy Cross. The Hoyas managed only 36 total yards of offense against this record setting Raiders defense.

Catch up with Davidson College chapter leader Kevin Stipe in the latest installment of our Beyond The Trophy Series

Northwestern: Thanks to a defense that forced three fumbles and held previously No. 20 ranked Wisconsin to seven second-half points, the Wildcats took over sole possession of first place in the Big Ten West. For the first time since 2000, Northwestern is 5-1 in the Big Ten and the Wildcats have now won 12 of their last 13 conference games and posted victory No. 2 over a ranked opponent this season.

Saint Francis: Quarterback Bear Fenimore threw a pair of touchdown passes for the seventh consecutive game to bring the Red Flash modest two-game losing streak to an end. Wide receiver Kam Lewis hauled in six pass for 108 yards to record the 13th 100-plus receiving yards game of his career. Saint Francis is 3-5 overall, but all five of its losses are by a touchdown or less.

Penn State: It took a gutsy effort by senior quarterback Trace McSorley, two late big stops by the Nittany Lions defense and a trio of 40-plus yard field goals from true freshman kicker Jake Pinegar for Penn State to edge former No. 18 Iowa at Beaver Stadium. The defense pitched a shutout in the second half and also came up with a huge interception by Nick Scott late in the fourth quarter with the Hawkeyes inside the Penn State 5-yard line.

Princeton: The Tigers stayed unbeaten and closed out October with its second record setting 66-point outburst of the month. Princeton is now ranked No. 14 in the latest NCAA FCS rankings and is 7-0 for the first time since 1995. The 66-point margin of victory is the largest for the Tigers in an official Ivy League game – the league formed in 1956 – and the most Princeton has ever scored against Cornell in a series that dates back to 1861. The Tigers had 11 players register at least one carry to rush for a combined season-high 358 yards and seven touchdowns on the ground.

Notre Dame: Square in the middle of the College Football Playoff hunt, the undefeated Fighting Irish used a strong running game and rock-solid execution in the red zone (6-for-6) to subdue the Naval Academy in San Diego. Running back Dexter Williams piled up 142 yards on 23 carries with a trio of first-half touchdowns covering 12, 9 and 2 yards.

Penn: In the worst playing conditions imaginable at Brown Stadium, the Quakers used a pounding running game to edge the Bears. The driving rain and howling wind turned the natural grass surface into a mud pit. That didn’t bother running back Karekin Brooks, who carried a staggering 34 times for 246 yards. Penn finished the game with 60 rushes for 332 yards, compared to only 195 total yards for Brown.

Maryland: Terrapins kick returner and running back Javon Leake became the first Maryland player to score four touchdowns in a game since D.J. Adams in the 2010 Military Bowl. Leake, a sophomore, finished with 140 yards rushing, including scores of 64, 27 and 43 yards on five carries. He also had a 97-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. He had 237 all-purpose yards and four touchdowns on six total touches and averaged a whopping 39.5 yards per touch for the 5-3 Terrapins.

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Notre Dame defense shuts down Stanford as undefeated Fighting Irish highlight Week 5 Chapter Update


ND MC Week 5Undefeated Notre Dame has already handed out a pair of losses to teams ranked inside the top 20 in the country.

The No. 6 ranked Fighting Irish used a rock-solid defensive effort to hand previous No. 7 ranked Stanford its first loss of the season. Notre Dame’s defense limited the Cardinal to 229 total yards on 51 snaps including nine quarterback sacks and five tackles for a loss.

Notre Dame defensive tackle Jerry Tilley ties school record for sacks to earn Uplifting Athletes Rare Performance of the Week

Notre Dame’s offense was extremely balanced with QB Ian Book and RB Dexter Williams each having monster games. Book threw for 278 yards and four touchdowns and Williams, in his first start of the season, ripped off 161 yards on 21 carries with a touchdown.

On opening weekend of the season Notre Dame knocked off Michigan and now has a win over Stanford. Those are the only losses for those two teams and each squad remains ranked inside the Top 20 nationally.

Learn more about Notre Dame Chapter Leader Christopher Schilling in the latest installment of our Beyond The Trophy series.

Clemson: It took overcoming some serious adversity at the quarterback position and two fourth-quarter touchdowns for the Tigers to stay undefeated against previously unbeaten Syracuse at home. Travis Etienne rushed for more than 200 yards and scored the winning touchdown inside the final minute to nudge the Tigers past the Orange. Syracuse, which led by two scores with 10 minutes to play, was in search of its second win in a row over Clemson. The Tigers converted a clutch fourth-and-6 during the winning drive to set the table for the final-minute victory.

Stony Brook: In a match-up of Top 20 ranked FCS squads, the Seawolves found themselves down 21-0 to Villanova late in the second quarter before rattling off 29 unanswered points to hold on for a narrow 2-point home victory. Part of the credit goes to the SBU defense that was shredded early but rallied to post 10 tackles for a loss and four sacks. DE John Haggart tied for the team lead in tackles with eight and had three of the 10 TFL’s and two of the sacks.

Saint Francis: The Red Flash scored on all six of its first-half possessions and finished with more than 400 yards of offense in a blowout victory over NCAA Division II West Virginia Wesleyan. Nick Rinella returned a punt 79 yards for a touchdown to break the 40-year-old school record of 70 yards set in 1978.

Florida State: Even the Seminoles were surprised the way they pulled out a road victory at Louisville. It took some shaky play calling late in the game by the Cardinals for FSU to have a shot. But they capitalized on it when QB Deondre Francois hit Nyqwan Murray with a 58-yard strike with 1:13 to play that capped a 14-point fourth-quarter rally.

Davidson: The Wildcats won for the first time in 17 tries at Valparaiso with a thrilling come-from-behind victory. Davidson trailed by a point (35-34) late in the fourth quarter before embarking on a 9-play, 75-yard march capped by a James Story 1-yard TD run inside the final minute to win it. .

NC State: For the third straight year the Wolfpack won their ACC opener and moved to 4-0 overall with the home win against Virginia. NC State is now ranked in the Top 25 for the first time this season. Against the Cavaliers, QB Ryan Finley threw for three scores, freshman RB Ricky Person went over 100 yards and DT Larrell Murchison had three sacks.

Colgate: The Raiders are 4-0 and scoring on the Colgate defense is getting more difficult with each passing week. The Raiders posted their second shutout in a row against William and Mary and has gone 12 quarters without allowing a touchdown. Holy Cross was the last team to score a touchdown on Colgate and that TD came midway through the fourth quarter in the season opener – a streak of nearly 187 minutes without surrendering a touchdown.

Western Michigan: For the fourth straight year the Broncos opened MAC play with a come-from-behind victory on the road at Miami. QB Jon Wassink, who threw for 439 yards and five touchdowns, scored on a 2-yard plunge with 2:53 to play to win it. Freshman WR Jayden Reed tied a school record with four TD catches on seven grabs and career-high 137 yards. WMU has won three straight after starting 0-2 with losses to Syracuse and Michigan, a couple of 4-1 squads.

Princeton: The Tigers rushed for 360 yards and scored 25 points in a 6:32 stretch midway through the game to stay unbeaten and claim their Ivy League opener. The No. 23 ranked Tigers used 311 total yards from QB John Lovett to subdue Columbia, whose rush defense had been strong the first two weeks, by five touchdowns on National TV.