Chapter Update: Marist claims victory No. 1 in overtime and 14 other chapter schools pick up Week 5 victories
Marist tight end Max Mazzella made his first career reception in the overtime victory over Valparaiso, and what a memorable first collegiate catch for the redshirt sophomore. On the first offensive snap of overtime for Marist, after Valpo kicked a 25-yard field goal to grab the lead, Red Foxes quarterback Austin Day threw a jump ball in the end zone and the 6-foot-4 Mazzella went up and got it for the game winner.
Florida State: Redshirt freshman kicker Ryan Fitzgerald drilled a 34-yard field goal as time expired to lift the Seminoles to their first win of the season, edging fellow chapter school Syracuse. FSU starting quarterback Jordan Travis engineered a 63-yard drive to set up the winning kick, totaled 244 total yards of offense and threw a pair of touchdown passes, including one to Florida State Chapter leader, wide receiver Keyshawn Helton. Travis had a career-high 113 rushing yards against and broke the program's career rushing yards by a quarterback to earn the Uplifting Athletes’ Rare Performance of the Week honor. Travis now has 932 rushing yards at FSU, breaking the previous record of 889 held by 1993 Heisman Trophy winner Charlie Ward.
Davidson: Three rushing touchdowns from senior running back Coy Williams powered the Wildcats to a come-from-behind Pioneer Football League win on the road at Stetson. Davidson’s defense also played a big-time role in the Wildcats victory, recording 17 stops behind the line of scrimmage (11 TFL’s, six sacks) totaling 56 yards. Davidson scored 28 of the final 35 points, including three of the four touchdowns, in the second half.
Penn State: The No. 4 ranked and undefeated Nittany Lions defense fashioned their first shutout in two years, limited Indiana to only 69 rushing yards and held the Hoosiers to more than 100 yards below their season average in total yards. Former Penn State Chapter President, quarterback Sean Clifford, had three touchdown passes including a pair to star wide receiver Jahan Dotson. Clifford and Dotson have connected on 18 career touchdown passes, passing Todd Blackledge and Kenny Jackson (1980-82) for the most by a Penn State QB-WR duo in program history.
Illinois: Running back Chase Brown returned to the Illini lineup and had a career day in the victory over Charlotte. Brown galloped into the top five for most rushing yards in a single game in program history with 257 yards and touchdown runs covering 31 and 80 yards. Illinois Chapter leader, offensive lineman Alex Palczewski, made his 46th career start to move into the top 10 in program history for starts.
Kent State: After a grueling non-conference schedule that saw the Golden Flashes make road trips to Texas A&M, Maryland and Iowa, Kent State opened MAC play with a come-from-behind homecoming victory against Bowling Green by pounding the rock. The Flashes ran the ball 56 times for 262 yards and all three touchdowns. Marquez Cooper led the way with a career-high 120 yards on 31 carries and a pair of touchdowns. Kent State Chapter leader, safety Nico Bolden, had seven tackles, all solo stops, forced a fumble and had a pass break-up.
Round-Up: No. 23 NC State ran its home winning streak to seven straight by holding off Louisiana Tech in a back-and-forth battle that came down to the Wolfpack running for 141 yards the second half. … No. 25 Clemson used four field goals from kicker B.T. Potter to hold off visiting Boston College on homecoming to claim the Tigers’ 31st consecutive victory at Memorial Stadium. Clemson Chapter President, long snapper Jack Maddox, snapped for all four Potter field goals. Clemson Chapter Vice President, punter Will Spiers, dropped two of his five kicks inside the 20. … Lovell Armstead became the first 100-yard rusher this season for Saint Francis, posting a career best 116 yards to spark the Red Flash past winless Morgan State. … Colgate used a fast start, scoring touchdowns on its opening three possessions, to improve to 2-0 in Patriot League play by holding off Georgetown. Colgate Chapter leader, defensive back Will Gruber, had three solo tackles and a late-game interception to ice the one-score victory. … Quarterback Collin Eaddy threw a pair of fourth-quarter touchdown passes to help Princeton pull away from Columbia in its Ivy League opener. It had been nearly 23 months since the Tigers last played a game in the Ancient Eight. The undefeated Tigers limited the visitors to only eight rushing yards and seven points. … Quarterback Tim DeMorat threw for more than 300 yards and bullied his way into the end zone from 2 yards out in the dying seconds to propel Fordham past Lafayette to claim the Patriot League opener for the Rams. Fordham Chapter leaders, offensive lineman Ryan Joyce and Lucas Portes, started at right and left guard, respectively. … Western Michigan exploded for 17 fourth-quarter points to edge Buffalo in the MAC opener for both squads. Sophomore wide receiver had 11 catches for a career-high 163 yards and two touchdowns to pace the 3-1 Broncos, whose only loss is to nationally ranked Michigan. Western Michigan Chapter President, linebacker Zaire Barnes, had a monster game with five tackles, four solo, a sack, one TFL and a forced fumble. … Valdosta State exploded for 35 second-half points to remain unbeaten. The Blazers amassed a season-high 579 yards of total offense. … Florida Atlantic recorded the second-highest yardage total in school history with 704 total yards and scored the most points ever (58) in the Shula Bowl rivalry game with Florida International. Florida Atlantic Chapter President, offensive lineman Chaz Neal, started up front for the Owls.