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.

 

Get ready for Touchdown Pledge Drive 2018 coming in October


TDPD 18 GRAPHICUplifting Athletes is pleased to announce that every touchdown scored throughout October by members of our nationwide network of college football student-athlete led chapters will help support the Rare Disease Community.

Clemson, Davidson, Fordham, Illinois, Lehigh, NC State, Penn, Penn State, Saint Francis, Stony Brook, Syracuse and Western Michigan, chapters have each committed to help Uplifting Athletes Tackle Rare Diseases in Touchdown Pledge Drive 2018.

Fans can simply make a pledge to their favorite team for each touchdown they score in October and then follow along each week to see the impact they are helping the players make.

“This is a very busy time of year for college football players, but our student-athlete led chapters still make time to leverage their position to help make a difference in the Rare Disease Community,” said Uplifting Athletes Director of Sports Impact Brett Brackett. “Touchdown Pledge Drive affords the student-athletes an opportunity to garner support for their cause during their most visible time of year based on their on-field performance.

“This is a great example of college football student-athletes using their platform to inspire others.”

The proceeds from Touchdown Pledge Drive 2018 support the mission of Uplifting Athletes and its charitable programs: Rare Disease Awareness, Rare Disease Research, Uplifting Experiences and Uplifting Leaders.

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 to educate and engage the local community and shine a spotlight on rare diseases.

Find your favorite Uplifting Athletes Chapter led by college football student-athletes and support their efforts to make a difference in the Rare Disease Community by joining the Touchdown Pledge Drive 2018 team today!

 

 

Second-half rally pushes Maryland to 2-0 and highlights Week 2 Chapter Update


Week 2 Newsletter MailchimpSuffering from a bit of a hangover after pulling off an upset of Texas in its opener, Maryland found itself on the road and trailing Bowling Green at halftime.

The Terps had little trouble moving the ball in the opening two quarters, but a plethora of penalties stalled Maryland drives and kept the offense from putting points on the board.

That changed in the second half for the Terrapins, as Maryland finally took the lead late in the third quarter then used it’s fierce running game to pile on 28 fourth-quarter points to outscore the Falcons 35-0 the second half.

In a year charged with emotion following a turbulent offseason, Maryland is 2-0 and hosts winless Temple before embarking on its nine-game Big Ten schedule for 2018.

Ty Johnson and Tayon Fleet-Davis combined for 226 of the Terrapins 444 rushing yards with three fourth-quarter touchdowns.

Davidson: Sparked by a pair of 100-yard rushers the Wildcats stayed almost exclusively on the ground against Division II Chowan and piled up 426 rushing yards to improve to 2-0. Slot back William Wicks had 132 of those yards on only nine carries, but three of those totes went for touchdowns to earn the junior Uplifting Athletes Rare Performance of the Week honors.

Clemson: The No. 2 ranked Tigers went on the road to College Station and received a full test from Texas A&M. The Aggies scored the final 13 points powered by QB Kellen Mond throwing for 430 yards and three scores. Despite Mond’s late heroics, it was Clemson QB Kelly Bryant’s clutch throws and dual threat that allowed the Tigers to hold on.

Catch up with Clemson Chapter leader Patrick Godfrey in the 2018 debut of Uplifting Athletes Beyond The Trophy series.

Illinois: Another slow first-half start offensively didn’t keep the Fighting Illini from getting to 2-0 this season with 20 second-half points including a blocked punt returned for a touchdown by the Illinois special teams. Back-up quarterback M.J. Rivers came in for injured starter AJ Bush and threw for 105 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

Stony Brook: The Seawolves built a 20-0 lead, but saw visiting Bryant rally to take the lead just past the midway point of the third quarter. Stony Brook responded with the final 30 points to get the FCS nationally ranked Seawolves their first win of the season.

Penn State: Fueled by a defense that got off to a rough start but closed with a bang by recording 10 tackles for a loss and four sacks, the Nittany Lions shredded in-state rival Pitt on the road.

Saint Francis: Red Flash quarterback Bear Fenimore rallied his squad after they fell behind early with four consecutive scoring drives in the first quarter to grab a comfortable 28-7 lead after 15 minutes. Fenimore finished with 201 passing yards with a pair of touchdowns and two rushing scores.

Baylor: After winning only one game in his debut as Baylor head coach last year, Matt Ruhle’s Bears are off to a 2-0 start this season. Sophomore QB Charlie Brewer, part of a two-quarterback rotation, threw for 328 yards and three touchdowns.

Syracuse: Orange quarterback Eric Dungey continues to pile up records, tying the Syracuse record for the most touchdown passes in a game with five in a cruise-control victory over FCS opponent Wagner in the home opener.

Colgate: Raiders quarterback Grant Breneman plunged over from 1 yard out early in the second quarter for the only touchdown of the game in a defensive battle. The teams combined for fewer than 500 yards of total offense.

NC State: The deep receiving corps of the Wolfpack is paying dividends, as despite early injuries NC State continues to pile up points in the passing game. QB Ryan Finley threw for 370 yards and former walk-on wide receiver Thayer Thomas had nine grabs for 114 yards including a highlight-reel one-handed touchdown grab.

Florida State: New Seminoles head coach Willie Taggart picked up his first victory thanks to 320 passing yards and three touchdowns from Deondre Fancois including the game winner with 4:03 to play to rally FSU past FCS Samford.