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Upper Deck Team USA Alumni Report: Reese, Hogan lead upsets

By Joe Frollo and Mike DeVader Mon, 11/19/2012 - 2:19pm


Tevin Reese and the Baylor Bears believed they could beat No. 1 Kansas State.

On Saturday night in Waco, Texas, they proved they were right.

Reece, a 5-foot-10 junior and member of the 2009 U.S. Under-19 National Team, caught five passes for 61 yards and a touchdown as the Bears handed the Wildcats their first loss of the season, 52-24.

Less than two minutes into the game, Reese set the tone for the high-powered Baylor passing attack with a 38-yard score to grab an early 7-0 lead. Baylor never trailed in the game.

“We’ve been doing what we’ve been doing all along, and we are just jelling at the right time, and we are becoming better,” Baylor head coach Art Briles said. “We know what we are doing. We believe in what we are doing. We got good people on the field who know how to play and know how to play at a high level thanks to some things we did last year.”

Hogan leads Stanford past Oregon

A young quarterback is supposed to struggle in his first career start on the road.

That wasn’t the case for Kevin Hogan, a member of the 2011 National Team, as he calmly led No. 13 Stanford into Autzen Stadium and engineered a come-from-behind upset victory over previously unbeaten No. 2 Oregon, 17-14, in overtime.

Hogan went 25-of-36 for 211 yards and a touchdown, adding 37 yards on the ground and another score.

“Our word of the week was ‘resolve,’ ” Stanford head coach David Shaw said. “It was about us playing our best football and withstanding a mad rush we knew we were going to get from a great football team in Oregon. We knew we were going to have a chance to make some plays.”

Hogan made the biggest play of the game, a 10-yard touchdown pass late in the fourth quarter. It was initially ruled incomplete but was overturned on video review.

The game-changing play helped the Cardinal get to overtime, where Stanford won on a 37-yard field goal.

Also for Stanford, Alex Carter (2012) had six tackles, including two for loss.  A.J. Tarpley (2010) had five tackles, an interception and one pass breakup, Wayne Lyons (2011) had two tackles, and Ty Montgomery (2011) had nine yards receiving for the Cardinal.

Josh Huff (2010) had four catches for 50 yards for the Ducks.

Lora sets FCS single-season receptions record

Eastern Illinois wide receiver Erik Lora (2009) set the Football Championship Subdivision single-season receptions record Saturday night with his 124th this season in the Panthers’ 48-30 loss at Central Arkansas.

Lora surpassed the 123 receptions caught by Elon's Terrell Hudgins in 2009. Lora caught nine passes for 52 yards and a touchdown against Central Arkansas.

In 11 games this season, the Walter Payton Award candidate has hauled in 124 receptions for 1,531 yards and 12 touchdowns. He has caught a touchdown pass in all but three games this fall and finished the regular season averaging nearly 11.4 receptions per contest.

The Walter Payton Award is given annually to the top offensive player in the FCS. Lora is one of 20 finalists.

Lynch, Huskies clinch MAC West

Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch (2009) set a school record for total yards as the Huskies clinched the Mid-American Conference West Division championship with a 31-24 win over Toledo.

Lynch completed 25-of-36 passes for 407 yards and three touchdowns against the Rockets. He also ran for 162 yards on 30 carries. He was 13-of-15 for 296 yards in the third quarter alone as Northern Illinois overcame a 14-7 halftime deficit to take a 28-14 lead.

“He's a great player,” Northern Illinois head coach Dave Doeren said. “He's playing at an extremely high level. He's a young man that plays very consistent. His ability to run with such power yet throw the ball with great consistency and have the ability to sustain his success over the last 11 football games – a lot of credit has to go to him. He's certainly a special football player. He's got a lot of things to look forward to.”

Lynch has thrown for 2,582 yards and run for 1,504 for a combined 38 touchdowns this season. The Huskies have won 10 straight after a season-opening 18-17 loss to Iowa.

“We set high expectations for ourselves,” Lynch said. “We feel like we can win every game. When we step out onto the field, we think we can win. We don't step on the field to lose. We step on the field to win. We fell short the firstgame, but we were a stronger team moving forward.”

Robert Bell (2009) had eight tackles for Toledo.

Noel Grigsby hauls in two TDs for Spartans

San Jose State receiver Noel Grigsby (2009) will remember this Spartan victory for years to come.

Grigsby had a team-high eight catches for 132 yards and two scores, including a first-quarter 51-yarder in the Spartans’ 20-14 victory over BYU. In the process, he etched his name into the San Jose State receiving record book.

It was his fourth 100-plus yard receiving game of the season, and with his two touchdown performance, he became the fourth Spartan to record at least 1,000 receiving yards in a season.

Grigsby’s second touchdown came early in the second quarter from 18 yards out. He now has 1,046 yards and nine touchdowns on 66 receptions.

“This is a big win for our program,” he said. “It is always a big win when you play a big-time school like BYU. But next week is still a big game for us. We want to get the double-digit wins. It does not matter what is on the line, we will come to win no matter what.”


  • George Atkinson III (2011) ran seven times for 34 yards and a touchdown in No. 3 Notre Dame’s 38-0 win over Wake Forest. Stephon Tuitt (2011) added three tackles, including a sack, for the Irish. Josh Atkinson (2011) and Anthony Rabasa (2011) each had a tackle.
  • Todd Gurley (2012) ran 15 times for 68 yards and a touchdown to help No. 5 Georgia beat Georgia Southern, 45-14.
  • Evan Swindall (2010) started at center for Mississippi in a 41-35 loss to No. 7 LSU.
  • Quinton Dunbar (2010) caught three passes for 29 yards in No. 6 Florida’s 23-0 win over Jacksonville State.
  • Tony Creecy (2010) caught a 6-yard pass for North Carolina State in a 62-48 loss to No. 7 Clemson.
  • Adam Shead (2010) started at left guard for No. 12 Oklahoma as the Sooners edged West Virginia, 50-49.
  • Imani Cross (2012) ran 10 times for 19 yards and two TDs to help No. 14 Nebraska beat Minnesota, 38-14. Andre McDonald (2012) caught a 26-yard pass for the Golden Gophers.
  • Jordan Poyer (2009) had five tackles and an interception as No. 16 Oregon State beat California, 62-14. Poyer also added one fumble recovery and a pass defended in the win.
  • Anthony Sarao (2011) had six tackles, including a sack, in No. 18 Southern Cal’s 38-28 loss to No. 17 UCLA.
  • Devin Funchess (2012) caught a 29-yard touchdown pass in No. 21 Michigan’s win over Iowa, 42-17. James Ross III (2012) led the Wolverines with 12 tackles.
  • Savon Huggins (2011) ran a school-record 41 times for a career-best 179 yards to help No. 22 Rutgers beat Cincinnati, 10-3.
  • Ryan Simmons (2010) led Oklahoma State in tackles with seven, including three for loss, as the No. 24 Cowboys beat No. 23 Texas Tech, 59-21. Kenny Williams gained 78 yards on 14 carries for the Red Raiders.
  • Jack Mewhort (2009) started at left tackle for Ohio State during a 21-14 overtime win over Wisconsin. Michael Bennett (2011) and Ron Tanner (2011) each had a tackle for the Buckeyes. Tyler Dippel (2009) had two tackles for Wisconsin, including one for loss.
  • Jack Konopka (2011) started at right tackle for Northwestern in a 23-20 win over Michigan State. Chris Norman (2009) had eight tackles and a pass breakup for the Spartans. Micajah Reynolds (2009) also had three tackles for Michigan State.
  • Mike Hull (2010) had 11 tackles, a sack and a pass breakup for Penn State during a 45-22 win over Indiana.
  • Tommy Heffernan (2010) had five tackles, including one for loss, in North Carolina’s 37-13 win over Virginia. Oday Aboushi (2009) started at left tackle for the Cavaliers.
  • Steele Divitto (2010) had three tackles for Boston College in a 30-23 overtime loss to Virginia Tech.
  • Richard Leonard (2010) returned four kickoffs for 168 yards and had a tackle for Florida International during a 34-24 win over Florida Atlantic.
  • Brian Winters (2009) started at left tackle for Kent State during a 31-24 win over Bowling Green. Jordon Roussos (2009) started at right tackle for the Falcons.
  • Josh Reese (2009) caught a 10-yard pass in Central Florida’s 23-21 win over Tulsa. Jake Alexander (2010) started at left guard for the Golden Hurricane.
  • Pat Hinkel (2009) had five tackles, including one for loss, in Miami (Ohio)’s 30-16 loss to Central Michigan.
  • Keiwone Malone (2010) caught two passes for 42 yards and a touchdown in Memphis’ 46-9 win over UAB.
  • Brian Fields (2009) had two tackles for Western Michigan in a 29-23 loss to Eastern Michigan.
  • Shamarko Thomas (2009) had six tackles for Syracuse and Brandon Sharpe (2009) added two tackles, including a half-sack, for the Orange in its 31-27 win at Missouri.
  • Will Monday (2011) punted twice with a long of 53 yards for Duke. The Blue Devils lost to Georgia Tech, 42-24.
  • Josh Allen (2010) started at center for Louisiana-Monroe in the Warhawks’ 42-16 win over North Texas.
  • Mike Loftus (2009) punted five times, averaging more than 50 yards per kick, and had two kicks downed inside the 20-yard line in SMU’s 36-14 loss to Rice.

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