YSU offense falters, Penguins lose 24-3 at NDSU

Penguins QB Hunter Wells fumbled and threw an interception; YSU trailed 17-0 after the first

In Bo Pelini's first game at home, the Youngstown State University Penguins got past Robert Morris in overtime.

FARGO, N.D. (WKBN) – Youngstown State fell to North Dakota State, 24-3, on Saturday at the Fargodome to drop its second conference game of the season.

The 13th-ranked Penguins (6-3, 4-2 Missouri Valley Football Conference) coughed up two costly turnovers in the first quarter and never recovered, as the fourth-ranked Bison (8-1, 5-1) led 17-0 after one quarter.

Chase Morlock started NDSU’s scoring with a 71-yard TD run on its first possession.

Penguins quarterback Hunter Wells was then sacked and fumbled — leading to a Cam Pederson 36-yard field goal for the Bison — before Wells threw an interception, which lead to a Jeff Illies 15-yard TD reception from Easton Stick.

The Penguins finally got on the board in the second quarter on Zak Kennedy’s 32-yard field goal.

Wells, who left the game briefly with an injury, finished 18 of 27 passing for 222 yards.

In all, the Penguins gained 314 total yards compared to NDSU’s 329. YSU also had five more first downs than the Bison despite being routed.

The Penguins return home next week to host Southern Illinois at noon.

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