Better late than never: 4th quarter surge rallies YSU past ISU

The Penguins outscored Illinois State 17-0 in the final quarter, improve to 4-1

NORMAL, Ill. (WKBN) – Silent for three quarters, Youngstown State’s offense came alive in the final period Saturday as the Penguins downed Illinois State, 20-6, at Hancock Stadium keyed by a 17-point fourth quarter.

Thirteenth-ranked YSU — which trailed 6-3 entering the fourth — improved to 4-1 (2-0 Missouri Valley Football Conference), while the 22nd-ranked Redbirds fell to 2-4.

Early in the fourth quarter, a 20-yard TD pass from Ricky Davis to Alvin Bailey put the Penguins ahead 10-6. That drive covered 91 yards on 17 plays and lasted seven minutes, 26 seconds.

YSU then went up 17-6 when Tevin McCaster capped a nine-play, 87-yard drive with a 1-yard TD run with just 4:48 remaining. Zak Kennedy followed with a 35-yard field goal to cap the scoring.

The Penguins finished with 365 total yards — 276 rushing, 89 passing. Davis rushed for 97 yards on 18 carries, McCaster had 81 yards on 10 carries and Jody Webb notched 48 yards on 13 carries. Davis also went 6 of 18 through the air with a TD and an interception.

Meanwhile, YSU held ISU to 250 total yards.

All the Redbirds’ scoring came in the third quarter when kicker Sean Slattery nailed field goals of 20 and 27 yards to give ISU a 6-3 lead heading into the fourth.

The Penguins had 3-0 halftime lead on a 42-yard Kennedy field goal just before the half.

YSU hosts Northern Iowa next Saturday at 7 p.m. at Stambaugh Stadium.

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