Youngstown State defeated Duquesne 59-17 Saturday afternoon at Stambaugh Stadium.
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YSU initially got on the board after forcing a Dukes turnover. YSU’s Tre’ Moore forced a fumble from the Dukes Ryan Ho. YSU’s ensuing drive would stall, with Joey Cejudo kicking a 40-yard field goal, giving the Peguins a 3-0 in the 1st quarter.
On the second play of the 2nd quarter, Torrian Pace plunged into the endzone from one yard out, pushing the lead to 10-0.
Freshman Martin Ruiz got the Penguins another touchdown with his nine yard scamper later in the 2nd quarter, making it a 17-0 YSU lead.
Then, right before halftime, YSU’s Kurt Hess connected with Nate Adams for a 52-yard touchdown, extending the lead to 24-0 at halftime.
Duquesne got on the board in the 3rd quarter when Ethan Dorsey ran in a one-yard touchdown, cutting the lead to 24-7.
Later in the 3rd quarter, Dillon Buechel connected with Gianni Carter on a 63-yard touchdown pass, pulling within 24-14.
But Ruiz righted the ship, scoring touchdowns on the Penguins next two drives, making it a 38-14 YSU lead.
Youngstown State went back to the air for their first score of the 4th quarter. Hess found Marcel Caver for a 55-yard touchdown pass, extending the lead to 45-14.
After the a Duquesne field goal, the Penguins added a late touchdown on a Jody Webb 10-yard scoring run to push the lead to 52-17.
Red-shirt freshman cornerback David Rivers returned an interception for a touchdown giving the Guins a 59-17 advantage.
Along with the interception the YSU defense recovered three fumbles and recorded three sacks.
Offensively, Kurt Hess finished with 292 yards passing and a pair of touchdowns. Freshman running back Martin Ruiz scored three touchdowns and totaled 65 yards on the ground. Senior Torrian Paced added a touchdown and 66 yards rushing. Tight end Nate Adams had four receptions for 108 yards.
If the lead holds up, Youngstown State would improve to 3-1 overall. The Penguins open Missouri Valley Conference play on the road next Saturday against Southern Illinois.