Western Michigan rallies on the road to win fifth in a row highlights Week 7 Chapter Update


Weekly LeadWestern Michigan scored five second-half touchdowns to storm back from a 14-point halftime deficit on the road to overtake Bowling Green for the its fifth victory in a row after starting 0-2.

The Broncos also improved to 3-0 in the Mid-American Conference with the win.

Running backs Jamauri Bogan and LaVante Bellamy, along with a defense that allowed some yards but produced four turnovers, provided the ammunition for the Broncos rally.

Bogan and Bellamy teamed up to rush for 220 of Western Michigan’s 283 yards on the ground. Bellamy chewed up the most yards and Bogan was the finisher for this unstoppable 1-2 punch.

Bellamy had 111 of his season-high 145 yards in the second half when the Broncos put up 199 of their 283 yards on the ground.

Bogan, who finished with 75 yards on 15 carries, scored four of WMU’s six touchdowns for the third four-touchdown performance of his career. The last time he rushed for four TDs in a game was in 2015 when Bogan was named MVP of the Bahamas Bowl.

Western Michigan’s defense forced a pair of fumbles and had two interceptions. Both Bowling Green fumbles that the Broncos recovered were converted into touchdowns.

Catch up with Syracuse Chapter leader Sam Heckel in the latest installment of our Beyond The Trophy Series

Northwestern: Win No. 1 for the Wildcats at home in 2018 took a monumental comeback, as Northwestern had to rally from 10 points down with 5:41 remaining to force overtime at Ryan Field. QB Clayton Thorson engineered a 99-yard drive in the final 2 minutes to force OT and sophomore kicker Drew Luckenbaugh knocked home a 37-yard FG in extra time to win for the Wildcats. This was the second year in a row Northwestern has defeated Nebraska in overtime.

Northwestern WR Flynn Nagel has best receiving day for a Wildcat since 1980 to earn Uplifting Athletes Rare Performance of the Week honors

Stony Brook: Sparked by a defense that scored two touchdowns on a 35-yard interception return by TJ Morrison and Shayne Lawless’ 54-yard fumble return, the Seawolves cruised to a road victory at New Hampshire. Sophomore DB Augie Contressa had a career-high 11 tackles, two sacks and forced the fumble that led to Lawless’ return for a touchdown. The two defensive touchdowns staked Stony Brook to a 21-0 lead before the second quarter was 2 minutes old.

Maryland: Terrapins QB Kasim Hill tossed three touchdown passes and RB Ty Johnson ran for 132 yards to power the offense in an easy win over struggling Rutgers. It was the Maryland defense, though, that did the most damage by coming up with five interceptions and allowing only two completions in 17 attempts. The five picks was the most for the Terrapins since they recorded seven interceptions against Duke in 1998.

Colgate: The No. 17 ranked Raiders are undefeated and have a defense that literally can’t be scored on lately. The victory over central New York rival Cornell 31-0 marked the first shutout for Colgate in the series since 1919, and it came in the 100th meeting between the two squads. The Raiders are 6-0 and became the first Patriot League team to post three shutouts in one season. This was also the fifth consecutive game where Colgate’s defense has not surrendered a touchdown. Tyler Castillo capped the day by returning his 11th career interception 58 yards for the final Raiders touchdown.

Fordham: The Rams went on the road and put up a season-high 43 points and 488 yards to subdue Lehigh and claim victory No. 1 for new head coach Joe Conlin. Back-up running back Tyriek Hopkins and Naim Mayfield took over for the injured starters and combined for 206 yards and three touchdowns.

Penn: The Quakers struggled in the red zone, coming away with only 13 points after having first-and-goal five times against Columbia. But thanks to Penn’s defense limiting the Lions to fewer than 300 yards and Ryan Glover’s 4-yard touchdown run with 6:55 to play, the Quakers improved to 4-1 overall.

Notre Dame: Trailing visiting Pitt by eight points at halftime, the undefeated Fighting Irish avoided the upset bid by the Panthers when QB Ian Book hooked up with Miles Boykin from 35 yards out with 5:43 to play that capped a 5-play, 80-yard scoring drive.

Princeton: Forced to have Kevin Davidson make his first start at quarterback for the injured John Lovett, the junior had no problems guiding a well-oiled offensive machine. All-Ivy League wideouts Stephen Carlson and Jesper Horsted combined to catch 21 passes for 296 yards and three touchdowns against Brown. The Tigers are 5-0 for the first time in 12 years.

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Stony Brook Chapter leader and veteran punter Marc Nolan featured in latest Beyond The Trophy series


NOLANEach 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: Marc Nolan

College: Stony Brook University

Height, weight, class, position: 6-1, 210-pound senior punter

High School: Blessed Trinity Catholic, Woodstock, Ga.

About Nolan: Prior to this season had played in 34 games for the Seawolves as the No. 1 punter, averaging 37.3 yards per punt with 34 percent of his career punts being downed inside the 20-yard-line. … Nolan has 13 punts in his career of 50 or more 50 yards including a long of 63 against Albany in 2016. He’s averaging 39.0 yards per punt this season and is approaching 10,000 career punting yards. … A highly decorated punter and Magna Cum Laude student coming out of high school, Nolan serves in a leadership role for the Stony Brook Chapter of Uplifting Athletes.

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

Nolan: My most memorable experience would have to be our last regular season game against Maine in the 2017 season. We were trailing all game and down by two touchdowns going into the fourth quarter. With a couple key stops by our defense, winning the field battle on special teams, and of course a 40-yard Hail Mary as time expired to win the game. This win helped up clinch a playoff spot and a second place finish in the CAA.

What drove you to get involved with Uplifting Athletes?

Nolan: One of my closest and longest friends was diagnosed with osteosarcoma in his left knee when we were in fifth grade. With the help of his mom, my family and I became very involved with The CURE Foundation (sharing his story, sending donations, etc.) My sophomore year in high school, my father and I started a program with CURE called Kickers Kicking Cancer, which was designed for high school kickers throughout the United States help raise money and awareness for childhood cancer. With my previous experiences with CURE, the decision to get involved with Uplifting Athletes was easy.

What have you learned from your experience with Uplifting Athletes?

Nolan: My experience with Uplifting Athletes has taught me that as an athlete we have a platform that can be used to enhance the lives of others, not just ourselves. As student-athletes we can use our status and the attention placed on us to help influence the lives of so many people that may not have a voice themselves.

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

Nolan: My favorite home, game day experience has to be the moment the team is together in the tunnel before the opening kickoff. Smoke goes up, crowd getting loud, and the whole team excited to play- no better feeling.

Who is your favorite NFL player and why?

Nolan: Benjamin Watson. Being a Ravens fan I wanted to see him do well on the field, but his charitable works off the field are what make him my favorite players in the NFL.

If you could have lunch with any one person (dead or alive), who would you choose and why?

Nolan: Neil deGrasse Tyson. I feel like he knows basically everything there is to know about the universe, and I’d love to get the chance to ask him some questions.

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

Nolan: Last season (2017) we got to play in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Stadium (Raymond James Stadium) when we traveled to play USF. Large crowd, speakers that shook the stadium, and a giant pirate ship in the background; what’s not to love?

HOT SEAT QUESTIONS

What is your perfect pizza?

Nolan: Pepperoni, bacon, and jalapenos

Last 3 songs you added to your playlist?

Nolan: High on Life- Martin Garrix; Waiting for Love- Avicii, Marshmello; Dreaming- Smallpools, Chainsmokers.

What is your go-to fast food restaurant?

Nolan: Chick-fil-A

Favorite sports team (any sport)?

Nolan: Manchester United

What is the most used app on your phone?

Nolan: Snapchat

No. 1 goal for yourself in 5 years?

Nolan: Finish my masters degree

 

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.

 

Colgate Bicentennial celebration throwback 1932 tribute uniforms highlight Week 4 Chapter Update


COLGATE MAILCHIMP

Colgate had a Bicentennial Blast on Saturday as Raiders kicked off their second century celebration by drubbing Lafayette at home to improve to 3-0 on the young season.

All the rage in Hamilton over the weekend to kick off Colgate’s Bicentennial festivities was the throwback uniforms the Raiders wore to honor the Colgate’s famous 1932 “Undefeated, Untied, Unscored Upon … and Uninvited” team.

The idea behind these one-of-a-kind uniforms was two years in the making and the idea was hatched by Broc Hazlet, Colgate’s Director of Equipment Services.

In his words “I wanted to do something different.” Raiders coach Dan Hunt was on board right away and Hazlet knew he had a true design partner in the head coach as they set out to on this project.

Abu Daramy-Swaray intercepted a pass in the end zone and returned a punt 77 yards to highlight a game that was never in doubt after the Raiders went up 15-0 in the first quarter and never looked back.

Learn more about Davidson Chapter Leader George Hatalowich in the latest installment of our Beyond The Trophy series.

Princeton: For the first time since 1886 the Tigers opened a season scoring 50-plus points in back-to-back games after rolling Monmouth in the home opener for Princeton. WR Jared Horsted was one of three Tigers to have a big day, but the senior also became the all-time leading touchdown receptions leader in school history to earn the Uplifting Athletes Rare Performance of the Week award.

Syracuse: This week is all about Clemson, but in order to get the sizzle behind the match-up with the ACC champs the Orange had to get to 4-0 for the first time since 1991 by taking out UConn. Syracuse has scored 50 or more points in three of its four games heading into Death Valley.

Stony Brook: The Seawolves picked up their third consecutive victory and went to 1-0 in conference play on the strength of running backs Jordan Gowins and Donald Liotine, dubbed as the Long Island Express, after each rushed for more than 100 yards for the third consecutive Saturday.

Penn State: Facing serious adversity for the second time this season, this time on the road on a Friday night at Illinois, Penn State closed strong again with 42 unanswered points after falling behind 27-24 midway through the third quarter to dispatch of the Fighting Illini.

NC State: Don’t look now but the Wolfpack are 3-0 and continue to float under the ACC radar after dispatching of Marshall on the road. Jarius Morehead came up with the first interception of the season for NC State and returned it 57 yards for a score the sealed victory No. 3.

Maryland: Freshman RB Anthony McFarland ran for 100-plus yards with two scores and LB Tre Watson returned a touchdown for a score as the Terrapins bounced previously undefeated Minnesota to improve to 3-1 overall heading into Big Ten play.

Western Michigan: Sparked by a defense that produced three turnovers, three sacks and a whopping 10 tackles for a loss the Broncos subdued Georgia State for their second win in a row and first victory on the road this season. Junior LB Drake Spears was the tip of the WMU defensive spear with nine tackles, two sacks, three tackles for a loss and a forced fumble.

Penn: The Quakers offense continues to sizzle as Penn won it’s sixth game in a row dating back to last season and is 2-0 this year thanks to more than 500 yards of total offense against Lehigh. Most impressive was Penn called 39 running plays from scrimmage and all 39 went for positive yards. The Quakers did not have a negative rushing play on its way to piling up 30 points.

Baylor: In a battle of 2-1 teams with Kansas, the Bears defense showed up big-time by registering four sacks, the most in 16 games for Baylor, and had five more tackles for a loss to limit the Jayhawks to a single touchdown. The Bears are 3-1 and face Top-10 ranked Oklahoma on the road this week.

Florida State: The Seminoles started fast and played aggressive defense all game to subdue Northern Illinois at home. QB Deondre Francois threw for 352 yards and two touchdowns and the FSU defense limited the Huskies to 221 total yards.

Clemson: The undefeated Tigers knocked off Georgia Tech for the fourth consecutive year to claim victory in their ACC opener on the road. True freshman QB Trevor Lawrence spread the ball around to his talented wideouts, completing 13 of 18 passes for 176 yards with four touchdowns to four different receivers

Notre Dame: Fighting Irish QB Ian Book made his first start of the season a memorable one, guiding the Notre Dame offense to 56 points and more than 550 yards. Book accounted for five touchdowns (three passing, two rushing) and completed 25 of his 34 passes for 325 yards to keep Notre Dame undefeated.

 

 

 

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!

 

 

Davidson scoring 91 points and setting numerous NCAA FCS and school records highlights Week 3 Chapter Update


week 3 MailchimpFor the first time since 2000 the Davidson football program is off to a 3-0 start. The Wildcats under first-year head coach Scott Abell picked up their third win in as many games in record-setting style.

Playing their scheduled game with Guilford two days early because of Hurricane Florence, Davidson assaulted the NCAA FCS and school record book to the tune of two national record and eight school marks in scoring 91 points against a team that scored 61 for the second consecutive week.

To learn more details about the records Davidson set, check out the Uplifting Athletes Rare Performance of the Week Award.

All those records are nice, but the only number that matters for Davidson is adding another victory to its 2018 to ledger after the Wildcats won only four games the last two years combined.

Northwestern Chapter leader Peter Snodgrass is featured this week in our Beyond The Trophy series.

Syracuse: The Orange won for the first time without the full services of starting quarterback Eric Dungey, who went down with an injury in the second quarter and did not return. Back-up signal caller Tommy DeVito came off the bench to complete 11 of 16 passes for 144 yards with a touchdown and the Syracuse defense limited Florida State to fewer than 250 total yards to improve to 3-0.

Penn State: Senior quarterback Trace McSorley accounted for five touchdowns (three rushing, two passing), went over 1,000 rushing yards for his career and became the Nittany Lions all-time leading rushing touchdown leader for quarterbacks in a blowout of Kent State.

Stony Brook: Backstopped by a defense that limited Fordham to minus-7 yards rushing to win its second game in a row after dropping the opener. Jordan Gowins and Donald Liotine each eclipsed 100 yards on the ground with a touchdown for the Seawolves.

Clemson: Tigers defensive end Clelin Ferrell helped the Tigers defense shut down Georgia Southern’s offense with a pair of sacks, 2.5 tackles for a loss and seven total tackles. The Eagles finished with fewer than 150 total yards against a Clemson offense that rolled up nearly 600 total yards.

Western Michigan: The Broncos piled up more than 500 total yards of offense and 68 points to win its first game of the season. Western Michigan’s defense not only shut out the Hornets, but limited them to five first downs and 123 yards. QB Jon Wassink spread the ball around to seven different receivers to finish with 286 yards and a couple touchdowns.

Notre Dame: The Fighting Irish continue to win games despite struggles putting points on the board. The Notre Dame defense produced three key turnovers and held Vanderbilt to fewer than 100 yards on the ground to improve to 3-0.

Princeton: This is the 150th season of football for the Tigers and Princeton opened with style by scoring 44 first-half points. WR Jesper Horsted had a monster opening two quarters with seven catches for 140 yards and a pair of touchdowns. RB Charlie Volker chipped in with 162 on only 14 carries with two touchdowns as well.

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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.