YSU looks to bounce back on Homecoming

YSU quarterback Hunter Wells comes just short on a two-point conversion that would have tied it for the Penguins

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – The 11th-ranked Youngstown State football team will play host to No. 7 South Dakota State in the Penguins’ annual Homecoming game on Saturday at Stambaugh Stadium. Kickoff for the contest is set for 4 p.m.

YSU (3-2 overall, 1-1 in the MVFC) is coming off a tough 31-29 loss to fourth-ranked Illinois State last Saturday. The teams combined for 31 fourth-quarter points after scoring 29 in the first three periods.

YSU trailed 7-0 in the first quarter on a 26-yard interception for a touchdown by Illinois State’s Josh Burch. The Guins struck right back to pull within 7-6 on a three-yard run by Shane Kuhn, but trailed 17-12 after three quarters. Early in the fourth, Kuhn scored on a one-yard run to give YSU its first lead of the game at 20-17. But three plays later, Illinois State answered and regained a 24-20 advantage on a Tre Roberson to Anthony Warrum 39-yard scoring toss. YSU crept back within one following a career-long 49-yard field goal by Zak Kennedy, but the Redbirds pushed the lead back to 31-23 on a 19-yard score by Marshaun Coprich. YSU’s final drive was jump started by a 54-yard kickoff return by Jody Webb. Starting at the ISU 45, the Guins covered that in 10 plays when Wells found Martin Ruiz on a 13-yard scoring toss with 32 seconds left. On the two-point try, Wells apparently scored on a keeper, but video replay ruled him down short of the end zone and Illinois State hung on for the win.

South Dakota State (4-1 and 1-1) picked up its first conference win of the season knocking off Indiana State 24-7 last Saturday in Brookings. The Jackrabbits took a 14-0 lead at halftime and led 14-7 after three quarters. SDSU scored 10 points in the first two-and-a-half minutes of the fourth quarter to push its lead to 24-7. Reserve quarterbacks Taryn Christion and Dalton Douglas threw for 247 yards in the win. Christion added 99 yards on the ground on 16 attempts.

The Jackrabbits own a 10-6 advantage in the all-time series, but the Penguins won the most recent meeting. Last year in Brookings, YSU picked up a 30-27 win to stop a six-game SDSU winning streak in the series. The Penguins’ last home win in the series was in 2007.


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