The Penn State football team's chapter of Uplifting Athletes held a video game (NCAA Football, Xbox) tournament at Damon's in State College Saturday. It was meant to help raise money and awareness for the fight against rare diseases.
Saturday was Global Rare Disease Day.
The winner of the 16-man Penn State tournament will took on the winner of a similar tournament at Maryland later today. Check out what went down.
The tournament will be going on until 5 p.m. Fans are encouraged to stop by and watch the action. A small donation is requested.
Derek Moye (Clemson) clocked Devin Fentress (Oklahoma) 21-0.
Nerraw McCormack (Florida) pounded Brandon Ware (Virginia Tech) 28-3.
Moye and McCormack compete in the next round.
Nick Sukay (USC) outlasted Tom Golarz (Ohio State) 14-0.
Graduate assistant Elijah Robinson (Florida State) nipped Brennan Coakley (Florida) 17-15.
Sukay and Robinson compete in the next round.
Stephon Green (USC) whipped Patrick Mauti (LSU) 35-10.
Devon Still (Ohio State) beat James Terry (Georgia) 21-14.
Green and Still compete in the next round.
Willie Harriott (Penn State) put it to Mike Mauti (Missouri) 35-14.
Eric Latimore (Florida) beat Ako Poti (Florida State) in an offense shootout, 10-5.
Harriott, a former Lion subbing for Bani Gandyu (out due to illness) face Latimore in the second round.
Still (USC) clobbered Green (OSU) 38-14, as a key interception swung momentum in the Trojans' favor for good.
Harriott (PSU) broke open a tight game late to pull away from Latimore (Florida) and win, 31-14.
Still and Harriott face off in a semifinal.
Sukay (USC) was too much for Robinson (FSU), winning 21-0.
In the game of the day, Moye (Clemson) used a late field goal to edge McCormack (Florida) 41-38.
Moye and Sukay square off in a semifinal.
In a bit of a stunner, Moye (Clemson) whipped Sukay (USC) 21-0, bringing the white-wash rule into effect. Anytime a player gets a three-touchdown lead, the game is declared over.
The other semifinal was lopsided, too. Still (OSU), wearing sunglasses, knocked out Harriott (PSU) 26-0.
Moye and Still will have at it for the Penn State championship.
PENN STATE FINAL
Still (OSU), still wearing sunglasses, jumped out to an early 7-0 lead. But Moye came back with 14 unanswered points.
Still went to the air and began picking Moye apart, scoring 17 straight points for a 24-14 lead at the half.
Meanwhile, Mauti (LSU) was being abused by his teammates for beating up on a young fan (PSU), 41-0, in a side game.
Moye opened the second half with a quick-strike score to draw within 24-21 in the Penn State title match.
But Still came back with another long ball to set up a short touchdown pass. He went for two but came up short, as the lead was 30-21.
Moye used a bomb to get within scoring range but had to settle for a short field goal to make it 30-24.
Still responded by going to the ground game, grinding out a first down past midfield before going back to the air. After working it inside the 1-yard line, he scored on QB sneak. A run for two was good and the lead reached 38-21.
Still intercepted a pass on Moye's next drive, and Moye began to be heckled by his teammates. "Moye, the game is over, just quit," someone yelled.
But his defense stiffened, forcing a rare Still punt. Still then made Moye punt, and gained a huge field-position edge. He scored on a 25-yard run for a 45-21 lead and — since the lead was more than 21 — the game was over.
Still is the Penn State champ.
PENN STATE-MARYLAND SHOWDOWN
Still, a defensive tackle, found himself pitted against Maryland tight end Drew Gloster in the ultimate championship. In this game, both athletes used their own teams.
Gloster held an early 7-3 lead before Still began to give heavy action to his tailback. The tailback, ironically, was Green.
Following a long Green run and a safety, Still and Penn State led 19-7. The lead reached 26-7 in the third quarter before Gloster finally found the end zone again, cutting it to 26-14.
But Still got a late insurance field goal and ran out the clock for a 29-14 victory.
If you did not get a chance to attend the event, you can always help out the Penn State chapter of Uplifting Athletes by visiting this link.