YSU rallies to force OT, but falls 27-24 to North Dakota State

Cam Pederson drilled a 36-yard field goal to win the game for the Bison

No. 8 Youngstown State and No. 2 North Dakota State are tied, 24-24, and headed to overtime at Stambaugh Stadium.

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Despite a late comeback to force overtime, No. 8 Youngstown State fell to No. 2 North Dakota State, 27-24, Saturday at Stambaugh Stadium in the extra period.

Zak Kennedy missed a 39-yard field goal on YSU’s first possession in overtime. Cam Pederson then drilled a 36-yard field goal to win the game for the Bison.

NDSU improved to 6-0, 3-0 Missouri Valley Football Conference, while YSU dropped to 3-3, 1-2 and snapped an 11-game home win-streak.

To start the fourth quarter, Easton Stick’s 80-yard TD run broke a 17-all tie to put the Bison ahead 24-17. YSU responded with a 90-yard scoring drive capped by Tevin McCaster’s 1-yard TD run to tie the game at 24 with just 1:23 left in regulation.

Tied at 10 at halftime, Penguins QB Nathan Mays — who finished 11 of 15 for 188 yards while rushing for 81 yards — found Kevin Rader for a 29-yard touchdown pass. But the Bison answered immediately, as Stick hit Nate Jenson for a 22-yard TD pass to tie the game at 17.

Mays also tossed a TD pass in the first quarter, connecting with with Damoun Patterson for a 22-yard score to put YSU ahead 10-0. It followed a Kennedy 34-yard field goal.

NDSU got on the board in the second quarter when Stick — who passed for 113 yards and rushed for 172 yards — found RJ Urzendowski for a 16-yard TD pass. Then, just before the half, Pedersen notched a 19-yard field goal to tie the game at 10.

The contest was YSU’s third top-10 matchup in a row.

Two weeks ago, the Penguins downed South Dakota State, 19-7, at Stambaugh Stadium. Last week, YSU lost 31-28 at South Dakota.

The Penguins travel to Northern Iowa next week.

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