Chapter Update: Penn State upset at Wisconsin highlights seven chapters getting a Week 1 victory
For the first time in more than two decades, Penn State opened its season with a victory over a ranked opponent by holding off Wisconsin in Madison. The last time was 1999 when Penn State blew out Arizona at Beaver Stadium.
The win is the Nittany Lions’ fifth straight over the Badgers and it provided PSU skipper, James Franklin, his first road victory against a Top 15 ranked team.
Penn State’s defense produced three turnovers, including a pair of interceptions in the dying minutes nursing a six-point lead, and limited Wisconsin to only seven points in four trips inside the red zone. Twice the Badgers had first-and-goal at the 1-yard-line and came away with zero points.
Former Penn State Chapter President and quarterback Sean Clifford threw for 247 yards and a touchdown. Wide receiver Jahan Dotson notched his third straight 100-yard receiving game, becoming the first Nittany Lion wideout since Allen Robinson in 2013 to post triple digits receiving in three straight outings. Penn State Chapter President Chris Stoll handled all the long snapper duties for the Nittany Lions.
Maryland: The Terrapins won their 16th consecutive home opener behind a balanced offense that produced a pair of 100-plus yard receivers and a 100-yard day from a running back to nudge past West Virginia. Maryland’s defense produced four turnovers, had nine tackles behind the line of scrimmage including four sacks and limited the Mountaineers to three points in the second half. Wide receiver Dontay Demus, Jr. had a career-high 133 receiving yards and his 66-yard catch-and-run touchdown marked the fifth straight game he has scored a touchdown. It's the longest touchdown streak for a Maryland wide receiver since at least 1985.
Notre Dame: After surrendering a three-score lead late in the third quarter on the road against fellow chapter school Florida State, the Fighting Irish used a 41-yard field in overtime to nudge past the Seminoles. Quarterback Jack Coan had a historic first start for Notre Dame, setting program records for passing yards (366) and tying the program record for touchdowns (4) in a season-opening game. Notre Dame Chapter Vice President and linebacker JD Bertrand made his first career start and posted a team-high 11 tackles. Fellow starting linebacker and team captain, Notre Dame Chapter President Drew White, chipped in with seven tackles.
Syracuse: Running back Sean Tucker had a career night to steer the Orange to a road victory at Ohio to give Syracuse it’s 85th victory in a season opener. Tucker posted career highs in rushing yards (181), carries (25) and longest touchdown run (47 yards). It was his fourth 100-plus yard game for Syracuse in only his 10th game. Syracuse Chapter President and team captain Aaron Bolinsky handled all of the long snapper duties for the Orange.
Round-Up: Behind an offensive line that helped Baylor total 238 rushing yards and average 5.3 yard per carry while also not allowing a sack to guide the Bears to a road victory at Texas State. Running back Trestan Ebner rushed for a game and career high 120 yards and in the process became the first player in Baylor history to eclipse 1,000 career yards rushing (1,011) and 1,000 career yards receiving (1,225). … The NC State defense posted its first shutout of an FBS opponent since 2011 and a pair of running backs went over 100 yards in the home victory over South Florida. Pack running backs Zonovan Knight and Ricky Person Jr. combined for 268 yards and four rushing touchdowns. NC State’s defense limited the Bulls to fewer than 300 total yards. NC State Chapter President and tight end Camden Woods made his 15th appearance for the Wolfpack on special teams. … Playing its first football game in 644 days, Valdosta State exploded offensively and easily rolled past Savannah State. 2019 Rare Disease Champion Team member, VSU wide receiver Antwan Dixon, had two catches for 22 yards. ... Congratulations to Fordham LB Ryan Greenhagen for establishing an NCAA Division I record with 31 total tackles against Nebraska earn the Week 1 Uplifting Athletes Rare Performance of the Week. The former record of 30 was accomplished three times previously since the NCAA made tackles an official statistic in 2000.