Members of Youngstown State's 1991 National Championship football team will be honored on Saturday, Oct. 8, when the Penguins return home to play host to South Dakota State. Kickoff for the contest against the Jackrabbits is set for 4 p.m. at Stambaugh Stadium.
In honor of the 20th anniversary of the school's first national-title winning team the Athletic Department will be selling special commemorative gameday programs and fans in attendance will receive a trading card set featuring standouts from the 1991 team.
The Penguins defeated Marshall 25-17 in the National Championship Game in 1991 held in Statesboro, Ga.. In the playoffs, YSU came-from-behind to defeat Villanova in the first round (17-16) won at Nevada (30-28) in the quarterfinals and advanced to the finals beating Samford 10-0 in the semis at Stambaugh.
During the year, the Penguins were 4-3 heading to Statesboro for a contest against defending champion Georgia Southern. YSU held on for a 19-17 victory over the Eagles and went on to win its final eight games of the season on the way to winning the national championship.
Programs featuring a commemorative cover are just $3 while the collector's edition trading-card set is being sponsored by McDonald's and MyValleySports.com.
The YSU Football Alumni Group will be hosting their annual Tailgate Blast party prior to the game. The River Saints Band will perform live in the M-7 tailgate lot prior to the game beginning at 1 p.m.
For ticket information contact the YSU Athletic Ticket Office at (330) 941-1978 or visit the office located in North End of Stambaugh Stadium.