TERRE HAUTE —
Indiana State senior defensive back Johnny Towalid picked up three national honors while the Sycamores returned to both national Top 25 Football Championship Subdivision football polls following Saturday’s victory at North Dakota State.
Towalid was named the co-National Defensive Player Of The Week By The Sports Network and was The National Defensive Performer Of The Week and National Defensive Back Of The Week as announced by the College Football Performance Awards. He also was named a College Sporting News national all-star.
Towalid set a school record with two interception returns for touchdowns as the Sycamores took down the No. 1 Bison on the road, ISU’s first-ever victory over a top-ranked program. He tied the Missouri Valley Football Conference and FCS single-game records and is one of just 24 FCS players with two interception returns for touchdowns in a game.
His two touchdowns on interceptions this season and three for his career tied school records set by John Karazsia from 1970-72.
Connor Underwood received honorable-mention plaudits from the College Football Performance Awards as National Linebacker Of The Week following his career-high 10 tackles and two sacks.
The Sycamores ended their three-week absence from the polls as they returned at No. 21 in The Sports Network Poll and No. 25 in the FCS coaches poll. The Sycamores play this Saturday at Western Illinois.
In other awards:
• HCAC honors Belk — Rose-Hulman’s Drew Belk has been named Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Player of the Week in men’s soccer.
Belk recorded his first career hat trick in Rose-Hulman’s 5-0 victory over Mount St. Joseph and scored the tying goal late in the second half as Rose-Hulman and Transylvania battled to a 2-2 draw.
Rose-Hulman, 8-0-3 and 4-0-1 in conference play, has a Wednesday match at Franklin.
• Vonder Haar, Senat chosen — An all-conference women’s golfer and a men’s soccer player for Rose-Hulman have earned the Exchange Club of Terre Haute’s Athlete of the Week Award.
Hayley Vonder Haar placed seventh at last weekend’s Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference women’s golf championships. She shot a round of 85 on Saturday before battling heavy winds and rain to shoot a 94 on Sunday. That helped the Engineers tie a school record with a third-place performance in this year’s championships.
William Senat scored one goal and assisted on another score in Rose-Hulman’s 2-2 draw against Transylvania on Saturday, helping the team remain tied for first place in the HCAC. He has recorded 15 goals with five assists during his Engineer career.