Uplifting Athletes is pleased to announce the 2019 Uplifting Athletes Rare Disease Champion Team.
For 12 years, Uplifting Athletes has recognized a Rare Disease Champion. Starting in 2019, the focus of the Rare Disease Champion Award shifts from highlighting an individual leader in college football to a team concept that provides an opportunity to recognize leaders in college football that have made a positive and lasting impact on the Rare Disease Community.
The five members of the 2019 Uplifting Athletes Rare Disease Champion team are: Kent State wide receiver Antwan Dixon, Davidson linebacker George Hatalowich, Syracuse offensive lineman Sam Heckel, Penn student assistant Anthony Lotti and Kentucky linebacker Josh Paschal.
Uplifting Athletes couldn’t be more proud to share these inspiring rare disease stories of leaders in college football.
“We feel strongly that our obligation to the Rare Disease Community is to share the powerful and compelling stories of people inside college football who have lived the rare disease journey, as patients and advocates,” Uplifting Athletes Executive Director Rob Long said. “I believe this will be the start of a tradition recognizing those in college football who are inspiring, serving and supporting those who need it the most.”
The Rare Disease Champion Team powered by Sanofi Genzyme is an Uplifting Athletes awareness campaign that is part of the National College Football Awards Association (NCFAA). The Rare Disease Champion Team will be celebrated at the Maxwell Football Club Awards Gala at the Tropicana Casino & Resort in Atlantic City, N.J. on March 6, 2020 and at Uplifting Athletes’ Young Investigator Draft at Lincoln Financial Field Philadelphia March 7, 2020.
Nominees for the award were solicited from any NCAA FBS, FCS, Division II or Division III institution or college football program nationwide.
Past Rare Disease Champion winners consist of seven FBS players including USC long snapper Jake Olson (2016), UCF linebacker Shaquem Griffin (2018) and Auburn wide receiver Sammie Coates (2015), one FCS player, a Division III quarterback, an FBS assistant coach and an administrator from AFCA.
Former Austin Peay State University Offensive Coordinator and current University of Kansas Assistant Coach Joshua Eargle was honored as the winner of the Rare Disease Champion Award last year.
The Uplifting Athletes Rare Disease Champion Team is a member of the National College Football Awards Association. The NCFAA encompasses the most prestigious awards in college football. Founded in 1997, the NCFAA and its 25 awards now boast over 800 recipients, dating to 1935.
Penn State won for the 10th consecutive time at Beaver Stadium and, in the process of upending Rutgers on Senior Day, the Nittany Lions tied a double-digit victory standard for the program.
For the third time in four years Penn State has won at least 10 games. It marks the first time the Nittany Lions have accomplished three double-digit win seasons in a four-year span since 1993-1996.
Penn State has been stellar at home during this historic run – capping a third unbeaten slate at Beaver Stadium in the last four years. The last time that happened was 1972-1975.
Backup quarterback Will Levis made his first start and rushed for 108 yards. Running back Journey Brown chipped in with 103 yards and a career-high three touchdowns. The last time Penn State had a pair of 100-yard rushers was 2015 and the last time that combination was a QB and RB was 2005.
The Nittany Lions finished solo second in the Big Ten East behind undefeated Ohio State and are in line for a New Year’s Six bowl bid.
Baylor: Two years ago the Bears were a one-win team in head coach Matt Rhule’s first season in Waco. Their only victory in 2017 was on the road at Kansas. Two years later Baylor returned to Memorial Stadium in Lawrence and thumped the Jayhawks to complete a 1-11 to 11-1 turnaround and punched their ticket to the Big 12 Championship game Saturday. Baylor is the first Power 5 program to go from 1-11 to 11-1 in two years. In one of its most dominant conference victories in program history, the Bears rang up 264 yards on the ground, scored on five of their first six possessions and the defense produced six turnovers.
Clemson: The Tigers won their 27th game in a row, nailed down the eighth undefeated regular season in program history and third under head coach Dabo Swinney, by knocking off Palmetto State rival South Carolina. Junior running back Travis Etienne broke the ACC record for career rushing touchdowns with a three-yard blast in the fourth quarter for his 53rd career touchdown on the ground. His historic touchdown earned Etienne the Uplifting Athletes Rare Performance of the Week. Sophomore quarterback Trevor Lawrence completed 18 consecutive passes against the Gamecocks to set a school record for consecutive completions, surpassing the previous mark of 15. The 18 straight completions also tied the ACC record for consecutive completions.
Northwestern: The Wildcats used a powerful running game and a stingy defense to subdue Illinois and claim the Land of Lincoln Trophy for a program-record fifth time in a row. Northwestern posted 378 yards on the ground and eclipsed the 350-plus yard mark rushing for the first time since 2012. Senior defensive lineman Trent Goens had a career day in his final game with three tackles for a loss (TFL), a quarterback hurry (QBH) and a forced fumble. Only one Wildcat has replicated that stat line since 2000 – Malcolm Arrington in 2008. Goens also finished with six tackles, five of them solo stops, and a pass break-up to power a defense that limited the Fighting Illini to 160 total yards.
Notre Dame: Trailing by 10 points in the first half, the Fighting Irish ripped off 24 unanswered points to reach the 10-win plateau for the third consecutive season and the fourth time in the last five years. Senior quarterback Ian Book became the first Fighting Irish in program history with 2,500 passing yards, 500 rushing yards and 30 touchdown passes in a season. He also became the first Notre Dame quarterback to throw four touchdown passes in a game five times in the victory over Stanford.
Syracuse: Sophomore defensive back Trill Williams ripped the ball from Wake Forest’s Kendall Hinton at the six and raced 94 yards to the end zone to secure a six-point overtime victory for the Orange at home. Syracuse scored first in OT on a 40-yard field goal. The Demon Deacons were on the move in extra time before Williams stepped in. Each team kicked a 40-plus yard field in the final minute of regulation to force overtime.
Kent State: For the first time since 2012, the Golden Flashes are headed to a bowl game after posting their third consecutive win to reach 6-6 overall by taking out Eastern Michigan on Black Friday. This is only the fourth season Kent State in bowl eligible in the last 30 years. Jamal Parker put the Golden Flashes in the driver’s seat by returning the second-half kickoff 96 yards to give Kent State a three-score lead on the road. EMU pushed back and made it a one-score game in the fourth quarter before the Golden Flashes defense picked off a pass late to earn a bowl invitation for 2019. Junior quarterback Dustin Crum completed 68.3 percent of his passes this year and finished the regular season with an NCAA QB Rating of 155.97. Both those numbers are the best in Golden Flashes program history.
Illinois: The Illini held their 118th annual football banquet Sunday and Illinois Chapter President and tight end Bobby Walker was recognized for his work with Uplifting Athletes in receiving the Service Above Self Award. Despite the loss at home to Northwestern on Senior Day, the Fighting Illini finished 6-6 this year and are bowl eligible for the first time since 2014. Junior kicker James McCourtnailed a 50-yard field in the third quarter against the Wildcats to give him four field goals this season of 50 or more yards. Those four long-range kicks ties the Fighting Illini program record for number of 50-yard or longer field goals in a season.
Behind a breakout performance from true freshman running back Evan
Hull, Northwestern won its second game of the season by rolling up 45 points
Hull, making his first start of the season, rushed for 220 yards
and tied the single-game program record with four touchdowns on the ground. He
became the first Wildcat running back to rush for four touchdowns and more than
200 yards in a game since 2005. Hull scored on touchdown runs of 46, 38, 36 and
Northwestern also used a strong effort from its special teams to
add points to the scoreboard. Joe Gaziano blocked a 30-yard field goal attempt
and Chris Bergin grabbed the loose ball and scooted 85-yards for a
scoop-and-score. The Wildcats also recovered a squib kick and turned it into a
Penn State: Junior quarterback Sean Clifford, the Penn State Chapter
President, went over 3,000 total yards for the season and was responsible for
three touchdowns as the Nittany Lions bounced back from their first loss of the
season. Clifford, who posted 234 total yards of offense, two rushing scores and
a passing touchdown against the Hoosiers, finished off a statement drive for
Penn State to seal the victory. His 1-yard plunge on fourth down late in the
fourth quarter gave the Nittany Lions a 10-point lead and capped an 18-play,
75-yard march that consumed 9:01 of the clock.
Saint Francis: Redshirt sophomore quarterback Jason Brown connected with classmate
E.J. Jenkins for three touchdowns to help the Red Flash post their most
convincing win of the season. Joel Denley added 157 all-purpose yards and a
career-high three rushing touchdowns as part of the 42-point outburst. Saint
Francis Chapter President Nick Rinella, one of six seniors honored prior to the
game, posted eight tackles and returned the opening kickoff 48 yards.
In his first year as the starter, Brown’s three touchdown passes
against Wagner gives him 23 on the season to take over as the program’s
all-time leader in TD passes for a season and earned him the Uplifting Athletes
Rare Performance of the Week.
Penn: The Quakers went on the road to Harvard and set a program
milestone in close-to-the-vest Ivy League victories. For the first time in the
Ancient Eight era of college football, Penn has won three consecutive games at
Harvard Stadium. It was also the third straight win overall for the Quakers,
all decided by four points or fewer. Six of Penn’s nine games this season have
been decided by five or fewer points. The Quakers are 4-2 in those
tight-squeeze affairs. Nick Robinson threw a 16-yard touchdown pass to Rory
Starkey midway through the fourth quarter to give the Quakers the lead for
good. And the Penn defense locked it down with a late fourth-quarter stop on
fourth down at its own 30-yard-line.
Clemson: Behind a career-high four touchdowns from sophomore quarterback
Trevor Lawrence and 121 yards from RB Travis Etienne, the Tigers won their
sixth consecutive game by 30 or more points – the longest streak in ACC
history. Etienne’s 100-plus yard game was his sixth in a row and established a
school record for consecutive 100-plus yard games. Wake Forest walked into
Memorial Stadium bringing seven wins to the table behind a solid offense. The
Tigers’ defense held the Demon Deacons to 105 total yards and five first downs.
Davidson: The Wildcats finished off the road portion of their schedule with
a stellar 4-1 mark thanks to 28 unanswered second-half points to pull away from
Stetson. Davidson moved to 5-2 in the Pioneer Football League, posting the most
league wins by the program since 2006. Junior RB Wesley Dugger continued his
assault on the record books with two more touchdowns to become the PFL’s
all-time leading scorer and the Davidson single-season leader in rushing
touchdowns with 20. Davidson Chapter President and team captain, linebacker
George Hatalowich, led a defense that limited Stetson to less than 100 yards
the final 30 minutes with a team-high 11 tackles.
Notre Dame: Senior wide receiver Chase Claypool had four touchdown receptions
tying him for the most in a single game in Irish history with Maurice Stovall
who caught four against BYU in 2005. Three of those touchdown catches came in
the first half in the commanding win over Navy, marking the first time an Irish
player has posted three touchdown receptions in a single half since at least
1950. Claypool finished with seven catches for 117 yards. Notre Dame Chapter
Vice President and linebacker Drew White had a team-high 10 tackles and a
fumble recovery. White now leads the Fighting Irish defense in tackles this
Colgate: Sparked by a defense that found its stride late in the season,
the Raiders closed out their 2019 season with three straight victories after
blanking Lafayette on the road. It was the third straight season Colgate has
blanked Lafayette. After starting 0-7, the Raiders won four of their last five
and finished 3-3 in the Patriot League behind a defense that allowed only 27
total points the final 12 quarters of the season.
Syracuse: Fueled by its defense, Syracuse ended its four-game slide and
kept its hopes for a bowl bid alive by posting its first win ever against Duke
in four tries. Leading 14-6 at halftime, the Orange defense forced three
turnovers in the third quarter that the offense turned into 21 points to break
the game open. Andre Cisco started the turnover barrage with the first pick-six
of his career covering 48 yards that quickly made it 21-6. The 43-point margin
of victory was the largest ever for Syracuse in an ACC game.
Western Michigan: In a wild back-and-forth affair that saw the
Broncos and Ohio University combine for 10 first-half points but then 31 total
points in the fourth quarter, LeVante Bellamy’s four-yard touchdown run in
overtime sealed the seventh victory of the season for WMU. After the Broncos’
defense surrendered a late touchdown in regulation that forced OT, they came up
with a stand to start the extra session to force a field goal.
Kent State: Trailing Buffalo at home by 21 points with half of the fourth
quarter remaining, the Golden Flashes exploded for 24 unanswered points down
the stretch to keep their quest for a bowl big alive. Sophomore kicker Matthew
Trickett nailed a 44-yard field goal as time expired to cap the biggest
fourth-quarter comeback this season in FBS. The field goal to win it by
Trickett was his 20th of the season and broke the single-season Kent State
record established in 2012 by Freddy Cortez.
Florida State: For the 38th time in the last 40 years the Seminoles will appear
in a bowl game after roughing up FCS Alabama State for win No. 6 this season.
In his second stint as interim head coach, Odell Haggins is now 4-0 with FSU
averaging nearly 43 points a game in those contests. Haggins is 2-0 this season
since taking over and the 49 points scored this week is a season high.
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.
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.
High School: East Greenwich
High School, East Greenwich, R.I.
About Nolan: Shortly after
arriving at Syracuse Nolan became involved with Uplifting Athletes. He has served
in a leadership role for three years and provides invaluable leadership and
experience on behalf of the Rare Disease Community as the Vice President of the
Syracuse Chapter. Nolan attended the Uplifting Athletes Leadership Development
Conference in 2017, 2018 and 2019. He has been part of three Lift For Life
events and has a passion for using his platform and voice to serve others
through his own experiences. … In his second year as the holder for one of the
better overall kicking games in the country. Nolan is unique in that he can
punt and place kick if necessary. He is a three-time ACC Honor Roll selection,
a five-time member of the Syracuse Athletic Director’s honor roll and in 2017
and 2018 was a member of SAAC.
is your most memorable experience as a college football player?
COONEY: The turnaround of Syracuse football. Following consecutive losing
seasons, the team meshed last season and we won 10 games.
drove you to get involved with Uplifting Athletes?
COONEY: I was introduced to
Uplifting Athletes by my teammates. I found a connection with my own life, as I
am a testicular cancer survivor. Uplifting Athletes and I share similar
passions. Using sports, specifically college football, to raise awareness also
affords me the opportunity to use my platform to share my story and the
importance athletics plays in it.
have you learned from your experience with Uplifting Athletes?
COONEY: Through Uplifting Athletes, I’ve been privileged to attend the
Uplifting Athletes Leadership Development Conference. During that time I was
able to collaborate and connect with so many different football players from
around the country. I learned that all the athletes go through similar
situations, and through all the high and lows, everybody has similar experiences.
advice would you share with someone in high school looking to play college
COONEY: Playing college football is an amazing experience and privilege.
Utilize playing college football to your advantage. You are part of a very
select group, make sure you take advantage of it.
is your favorite NFL player and why?
England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman. He’s a workhorse who capitalized on his
opportunity. He’s gritty determined and focused.
you could have lunch with any one person (dead or alive), who would you choose
Belichick. He is the ultimate leader and his success in NFL is unmatched at the
highest level of competition. He finds the best attributes and skill in players
and coaches to their strengths.
NOLAN ON THE
What is your
COONEY: Cheese Pizza.
Simply the Gold Standard … NYC Thin Crust
Baylor redshirt freshman kicker John Mayers
missed a 38-yard field goal early in the game, but drilled one from the same
distance into a stiff wind with just 21 seconds remaining to propel the Bears
to 4-0 overall with the victory in their Big 12 opener over Iowa State.
Late in the third quarter, the Bears led 20-0
before the Cyclones offense caught fire and ripped off 21 unanswered points on
three consecutive drives to surge in front with 3:45 to play.
Baylor quarterback Charlie Brewer rallied his
squad with a clutch 13-play, 54-yard drive that set up the winning field goal.
Brewer was 7-of-10 on the decisive drive and converted three times on third-down
The Bears have won six straight games (dating back to 2018 season)
for the first time since opening the 2016 season 6-0.
Penn State: Sophomore quarterback Sean
Clifford had a career night and set a school record in only his fourth start.
The Penn State Chapter President set personal records for yards passing (398)
and completions (26) and he set a school record for passing yards in a half
with 287 in the blowout of Maryland. Clifford also scored the first
rushing touchdown of his career on the Nittany Lions first snap from scrimmage.
The shutout by the Penn State defense was the first at Maryland since 1970.
Penn: Senior running back Karekin
Brooks scored a pair of fourth-quarter touchdown runs covering 2 and 31 yards
to seal a road victory at Lafayette for the Quakers’ first win of the season.
Penn was nursing a four-point lead entering the final 15 minutes before Brooks
found the end zone twice. He finished with 202 yards on 29 carries.
Brooks’ 202-yard game was the third 200-plus yard
game of his career and in the process he became the first player in program
history to post three career 200-plus yard games to earn the Uplifting Athletes
Rare Performance of the Week.
The Victory Cannon will stay in Kalamazoo for the seventh time in the last nine
years after the Broncos rolled over in-state rival Central Michigan. The WMU
defense limited the Chippewas to 107 rushing yards and shut them out for three
quarters. Western Michigan Chapter President Justin Tranquill recorded the
first sack of his career, his second interception in 2019 and also had a tackle
for a loss.
Lehigh: It took one of the best
defensive efforts in recent Mountain Hawks history for Lehigh to post its first
victory of the season. Despite being on the field a whopping 37 minutes, the
Mountain Hawk defense held Merrimack to minus-25 yards rushing, recorded six
sacks, posted two takeaways and the only points Lehigh surrendered was a
second-quarter field goal.
Notre Dame: Behind a defense that posted
eight sacks and five turnovers, the Fighting Irish rallied from its first
halftime deficit of the season to outscore Virginia 21-3 in the second half in
a battle of previously Top 20 ranked teams. Defensive end Julian Okwara led the
defense with 3 sacks, two quarterback hurries and two forced fumbles, both of
which led to Irish touchdowns. Notre Dame Chapter President Drew White
tied for the team-high in tackles with seven including five solo stops.
Saint Francis: A blocked punt set up the Red
Flash for the only touchdown of the game in a defensive tussle in Rhode Island
with Bryant. In it’s three wins, Saint Francis has only surrendered 14, 13 and
six points. In a game that saw the two squads combined for 20 punts, the Red Flash
defense limited Bryant to 210 total yards, a pair of field goals and 2 of 17 on
third down. SFU Chapter President Nick Rinella paced the defense with eight
tackles including seven solo stops and a tackle for a loss.
Florida State: Quarterback Alex Hornibook, a
graduate transfer from Wisconsin, made his first career start for the Seminoles
and threw for a career-high 316 yards and three touchdowns in the victory over NC
State. The victory over the Wolfpack marked the first time since 2016 that
FSU has posted back-to-back victories in ACC games since the 2016 season.
Stony Brook: Junior quarterback Tyquell
Fields scrambled 50 yards for a touchdown on a fourth-down play to score with
11 seconds remaining to give the Seawolves a dramatic come-from-behind road
victory in their CAA opener. Stony Brook and Rhode Island combined to score 37
points in the wild fourth quarter that saw URI score a pair of touchdowns in
less than 30 seconds inside the final 2 minutes to erase a 10-point deficit.
Syracuse: Quarterback Tommy DeVito, the
first-year starter for the Orange, threw four touchdown passes for the second
consecutive game becoming only the second Syracuse quarterback in program to
have multiple four-plus touchdown games during his career in the comfortable
win over Holy Cross. Former Orange signal caller Ryan Nassib threw four TD
passes in a game four times during his career.
Princeton: Senior quarterback Andrew Davidson,
making only his second start for the Tigers, broke the Princeton and Ivy League
single-game record for touchdown passes in a game with seven in the victory
over Bucknell. Senior wide receiver Andrew
Griffin hauled in four of those touchdown passes to tie the 28-year-old school
and Ivy League record for touchdowns by a wide receiver in a game.
Fordham: Rams linebacker Ryan Greenhagen,
coming off back-to-back Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week honors,
appears to be a strong candidate to make it three in a row after posting 13
tackles, including 10 solo, a career-high 4.5 tackles for a loss and one sack
in a victory over Richmond. Defensive back Dervin Hylton Jr. knocked down a
pair of passes in the end zone in the dying seconds to preserve the second win
of the season for Fordham.
Clemson: The defending National
Champions made it 20 victories in a row thanks to its defense stuffing North
Carolina on a two-point conversion attempt inside the final two minutes to
preserve a one-point victory over the Tar Heels. It was the first road victory
for the Tigers at North Carolina since 2002.