Football

Penguins Get Set to Face Top-Ranked North Dakota State

Daniel Stewart

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    The Youngstown State football team plays the No. 1 ranked team for the first time since 2007 when it visits North Dakota State on Saturday.Kickoff for the contest is set for 4:07 p.m. Eastern/3:07 p.m. Central at the Fargodome in Fargo, N.D. The game will be carried live on 570 WKBN and is being televised on WBCB in Youngstown.
    YSU (5-4 overall and 3-3 in the MVFC) had a three-game winning streak snapped losing 21-17 at sixth-ranked UNI last Saturday. The Guins took a 17-14 lead early in the fourth quarter, but UNI rallied scoring the game-winning touchdown on a fourth-down play with just 1:59 remaining.
    The Penguins trailed 14-10 after a scoreless third quarter. YSU took its third lead of the game on a 38-yard touchdown pass from Kurt Hess to Will Shaw with 13:42 remaining.
    Each team went three-and-out twice before UNI moved into position for the winning score. On fourth-and-goal from just inches outside the YSU end zone, David Johnson was stopped on his initial push but wiggled his way into the end zone with 1:59 left for the game winner.
    NDSU (9-0 and 6-0) is one of two remaining FCS unbeatens with just two weeks left in the regular season. The Bison and Sam Houston State both sit at 9-0. A win by NDSU against the Penguins will give it at least a share of the MVFC title and the conference's automatic bid to the playoffs.
    NDSU extended its nine-game winning streak with a 27-16 triumph at Indiana State. The contest was tied at 10 before the Bison scored 17 consecutive points to seize control of the game.
    The five-game North Dakota State-YSU series has featured its fair share of thrillers. Last year, YSU overcame an eight-point fourth-quarter deficit to take a final-minute lead as NDSU answered for a 34-29 win.
    All five games have been decided by a total of 25 points, with eight points being the largest margin of victory (YSU 32-24 in 2008).
    Last time at the Fargodome, the Penguins put together a memorable fourth-quarter comeback rallying from 11 points down for a 39-35 victory over North Dakota State in their first-ever trip to the facility.
    YSU plays its final game of the season against Missouri State on Nov. 19 at Stambaugh Stadium.

UNI Notes
• YSU's 17 points against the Panthers was the most scored by the Penguins in the UNI-Dome since 1999.
• The Penguins had more first downs (19-11), rushing yards (118-30), pass completions (17-16), total plays (77-57), total offensive yards (293-268), third-down conversions (9-4), sacks (3-1) and time of possession (34:30 to 25:30) in the game.
• The YSU defense held the Panthers to six three-and-out series.
• Of YSU's 293 total offensive yards, 210 came on its scoring drives. Of UNI's 268 yards, 202 came on its scoring drives.
• The 15-play scoring drive by the Penguins was the longest of the season.
• Junior PK David Brown made the first field goal of his YSU career in the first quarter. Brown's 28-yard kick was the first made field goal by YSU this season.
• The 30 rushing yards allowed were the fewest in a game since holding Illinois State to 18 on Oct. 28, 2006.
• Senior DT Andrew Johnson recorded a sack for the fourth time in five games.
• Sophomore QB Kurt Hess threw a touchdown pass in his ninth consecutive game.
• Junior TE Will Shaw caught the first touchdown pass of his career. Shaw's 38-yard grab put YSU ahead 17-14 with 13:42 left.
• Freshman WR Christian Bryan and sophomore WR Jelani Berassa have each had receptions in every game this year.
• Sophomore P Nick Liste averaged 45.7 yards on six punts, including a season-long 54-yarder.

UNI Recap: UNI 21, YSU 17
    YSU took a 17-14 lead early in the fourth quarter, but sixth-ranked UNI rallied scoring the game-winning touchdown with 1:59 remaining as the Penguins dropped a 21-17 decision at the UNI-Dome.
    YSU took a 3-0 lead on a 28-yard field goal by David Brown before UNI answered on a 32-yard touchdown pass from Jared Lanpher to Terrell Sinkfield.
    With 27 seconds left in the second quarter, Jamaine Cook put the Guins on top briefly on a one-yard run. However, Lanpher found Sinkfield again on a 31-yard scoring pass with six seconds left in the first half.
    After a scoreless third quarter, YSU took its third lead of the game on a 38-yard touchdown pass from Kurt Hess to Will Shaw with 13:42 remaining.
    Each team went three-and-out twice before UNI moved into position for the winning score. On fourth-and-goal from just inches outside the YSU end zone, David Johnson was stopped on his initial push but wiggled his way into the end zone with 1:59 left.

NDSU Scouting Report
    North Dakota State is one of two remaining FCS unbeatens with just two weeks left in the regular season. The Bison and Sam Houston State both sit at 9-0. A win by NDSU against the Penguins will give it at least a share of the MVFC title and the conference's automatic bid to the playoffs.
    The Bison have a plus-15 turnover margin and have committed just four turnovers so far this year, including just one interception. In nine games it has allowed 14 touchdowns.
    NDSU extended its nine-game winning streak with a 27-16 triumph at Indiana State. The contest was tied at 10 before the Bison scored 17 consecutive points to seize control of the game.

Last Year Recap
    YSU overcame an eight-point deficit to lead 29-28 with 51 seconds left following Stephen Blose's 38-yard field. However, North Dakota State answered just 17 seconds later as Jose Mohler connected on a 45-yard scoring pass to Justin Howard as the Penguins suffered a 34-29 heartbreaking loss to the Bison at Stambaugh Stadium.
    YSU led 10-0 after the first quarter but found itself down 21-20 at halftime after NDSU had three touchdowns in the second. The Bison scored on its initial possession of the third quarter to go in front 28-20.
    The Penguins pulled within 28-26 with 10:38 left on a two-yard run by Adaris Bellamy. YSU took its first lead of the second half when Blose connected from 38 yards out.
    NDSU started on its 45-yard line and on the first play following a 10-yard holding penalty on YSU, Mohler hooked up with Howard for the game-winning score.
    Bellamy had a career-high 156 yards on 21 carries for the Guins.

Series History
    The five-game North Dakota State-YSU series has featured its fair share of thrillers.
    All five games have been decided by a total of 25 points, with eight points being the largest margin of victory (YSU 32-24 in 2008).
    Last time at the Fargodome, the Penguins put together a memorable fourth-quarter comeback rallying from 11 points down for a 39-35 victory over North Dakota State in their first-ever trip to the facility.
    Last year, YSU trailed 28-20 in the fourth quarter before taking a 29-28 lead on a Stephen Blose field goal with 51 seconds left. However, NDSU answered 17 seconds later with the game-winning touchdown pass.
    In 2008, YSU intercepted a pass in the end zone to seal a 32-24 win. YSU won in Youngstown 12-10 in 1973 and dropped a 16-10 decision in Fargo in 1972.

Playing the No. 1 team
    YSU last played the No. 1 ranked team in 2007 when it lost a hard-fought 14-13 contest at UNI. Prior to that, the Penguins had lost to top-ranked Appalachian State in the FCS semifinals in 2006 and dropped a home contest to Southern Illinois in 2004. YSU last beat the No. 1 ranked team in 1997 winning at Villanova, 37-34, in the quarterfinals of the playoffs.

First FG of the Year
    YSU converted its first field goal of the season in the first quarter at UNI. Junior PK David Brown, who had attempted one previous kick on the season, made a 28-yarder on the first drive of the game for the Penguins. Brown's previous attempt was a 36-yard try in the season opener at Michigan State. YSU was the last FCS team to make a field goal in 2011.

Defense Tough against Run
    The Penguins held UNI to just 30 yards rushing on 27 attempts. It was the fewest yards rushing allowed in a game since holding Illinois State to 18 on 23 carries on Oct. 28, 2006 in Normal, Ill. YSU had three sacks for 23 yards in losses and totaled eight tackles for losses in the game.

FCS Leader in TDs
    YSU is tied for the FCS lead with 48 touchdowns scored. The Penguins and Liberty have each scored 48 TDs this season. Sam Houston State is third in the country with 47 scores while Wofford is fourth at 46.
    YSU still maintains the most PATs converted with 46 by junior PK David Brown. Sam Houston State has made 45 while Georgia Southern has kicked 44.

Line Holding up well
    Through nine games, the YSU offensive line is allowing under a sack per game, which ranks 10th in the FCS. The Penguins rank eighth in fewest tackles for loss allowed per game (4.11). YSU has started the same line in eight of the nine games. Redshirt freshman Eric Franklin started for D.J. Main against Western Illinois. Main was back in the starting in the lineup at UNI. The other four - LT Andrew Radakovich, LG Lamar Mady, C Mark Pratt and RG Chris Elkins - have started all nine games this year.

More Close Ones
    The Penguins' last six conference losses have come by a total of 25 points. The final three defeats of the 2010 season were by a total of 12 points while all three this season have been by a combined 13. This year, YSU has lost to Indiana State by two, UNI by four and South Dakota State by seven. The Guins' three MVFC wins have been by seven, 14 and 42 points.

Cook Remains Dependable
    Junior TB Jamaine Cook has rushed for 90 yards or more in each of the last eight games. Cook ran for 90 yards on 30 carries in the four-point loss at sixth-ranked UNI.
    This season Cook has rushed for more than 100 yards on six occasions and has gone over the century mark 12 times in his career.
    He has scored a touchdown in each of the past six games and in seven contests this year.
    For the year, he has rushed for 1,135 yards on 210 carries and scored a career-high 13 touchdowns. He rushed for 1,276 yards on 241 attempts last season.
    In the six conference games, Cook has carried the ball 151 times for 771 yards and scored seven touchdowns. In the three non-conference games he carried the ball just 51 times. In league action he is averaging 25.2 carries and 128.5 yards per game.
    Cook ranks seventh in the FCS and second the MVFC in rushing averaging 126.1 per game, trailing Indiana State's Shakir Bell (147.4 yards).

Johnson Turns Up the Heat
    Senior DT Andrew Johnson has registered a sack in four of the past five games. Late in the third quarter he had a 12-yard sack of UNI quarterback Jared Lanpher.
    For the year, Johnson has six sacks for 44 yards in losses and 10.5 tackles for loss. His six sacks are the most by a player since Jon Tekac and Guy Mazard had six in 2002.
    As a team, YSU has 18 sacks and 48 tackles for loss. The 18 sacks are the most since the Penguins registered 28 in 2007.

Hess Continues to Impress
    Sophomore QB Kurt Hess is averaging 213.9 yards passing per game while completing 145-of-232 passes (62.5 percent) for 1,925 yards. His 19 touchdown passes are the most by a YSU quarterback in a regular season.
    He is just 75 yards shy of becoming the first YSU quarterback since Mark Brungard in 1994 and 1995 to pass for more than 2,000 yards in consecutive seasons. The only other to do so is Trenton Lykes in 1986 and 1987.
    Hess threw for 2,117 yards last year as a redshirt freshman.
    Hess's best day this season was a 293-yard, four-touchdown effort against Illinois State. He also threw four touchdown pass against Western Illinois.
    Eleven times in his 20 games, Hess has thrown for more than 200 yards.
    He is one of three quarterbacks in school history to throw for at least 200 yards in 11 different games. The school mark is 13 by Tom Zetts during a four-year career that featured 47 starts while Ron Jaworski did it 12 times.

Bryan Breaking Records
    Freshman WR Christian Bryan has set YSU freshman records for season yards and receptions as well as game receptions and yards.
    Bryan has 37 receptions for 592 yards and five touchdowns. Bryan is averaging 65.8 yards per contest and 16 per catch.
    He set a freshman record for most receptions in a game with seven at Indiana State and set the mark for receiving yards with a 131-yard performance at Southern Illinois.
    His 37 receptions topped the previous freshman standard of 25 set by Renauld Ray while his 592 yards have bettered Ray's 507.
    Bryan has caught a touchdown pass in four of the past five games.

Top of the Liste
    Sophomore punter Nick Liste has been a key contributor as both punter and kickoff specialist this season. He had one of his best games at UNI averaging 45.7 yards per punt. Liste had a season-long 54-yard boot in the game. For his efforts he was named the MVFC Special Teams Player of the Week.
    Liste is averaging 39.5 yards per punt while 14 of his 43 attempts have been inside the opposition's 20-yard line. The coverage has been solid with 16 of his punts resulting in fair catches while the 16 that have been returned have resulted in a gain of 95 yards (5.9).
    He averaged 41.1 yards per kick last season, but the trade off was that 15 were returned for an average of 11.7 yards. He also had two kicks blocked. Through nine games this year that has not been the case.

Offense High In FCS Ranks
    The Penguins rank in the top 20 in the FCS in 13 offensive categories.
    YSU is first in touchdowns scored; third in scoring offense; fourth in first downs per game; fifth in total offense; seventh in rushing offense; seventh in fewest tackles for loss allowed;  ninth in red-zone offense, 10th in fewest sacks allowed; 11th in passing efficiency; 12th turnovers lost; 13th in time of possession; 15th in fumbles lost and 20th in fourth-down conversion percentage.

Shaw with TD Grab
    Junior TE Will Shaw hauled in the first touchdown reception of his career against UNI. Shaw caught a 38-yard scoring pass against the Panthers in the fourth quarter. He had a career-high two catches for a career-best 38 yards in the loss. He became the eighth different player to catch a touchdown pass this season.

Impressive First Halves
    The Penguins have scored 233 of their 337 points (69.8 percent) in the first half this year. YSU has scored 115 points in the first quarter and 118 in the second quarter.
    The Penguins have scored a touchdown in every second quarter this year and all but three first quarters (SIU, Michigan State and UNI). In nine of the 18 periods, YSU has scored at least two touchdowns. The Penguins have scored 33 first-half touchdowns the season. Three times YSU has not punted in the first half - Illinois State, Valparaiso and Saint Francis.

Penguin Sack Attack
    The Penguins have 18 sacks this season smashing the total of 12 from a year ago.
    Eight different players have registered at least one sack this year, led by senior DT Andrew Johnson's six. Senior DE Daniel Stewart has 3.5 while DE Obinna Ekweremuba has 2.5 and LB Davion Rogers has registered a pair.
    Johnson is the team's active career leader with seven sacks. Stewart has 5.5 sacks and Ekweremuba has 3.5.
    YSU has been credited with a sack in eight of nine contests this year.

Big League Wins
    YSU's last two MVFC wins have been by a combined total of 54 points (42 vs. Western Illinois and 12 at Southern Illinois). In their 12 prior league games, all of the Penguins' contests had decided by a 10 points or less. During that 12-game run, the total margin of victory of all contests was 62 points.
    Dating back to November 2009, 11 of YSU's last 15 league games have been decided by a touchdown or less.

Preaching Red-Zone Success
    Head Coach Eric Wolford continues to stress Red Zone play in his second campaign. In 37 trips this year, the Penguins have scored 32 touchdowns. YSU was 2-for-2 against UNI scoring 10 points.
    In his 20 games as coach, the Penguins are 74-for-82 (90.2 percent) inside the red zone.
    Last year, YSU was 41-of-45 in the red zone, which ranked third in the FCS, for a conversion percentage of 91.1 percent.

Youngsters at LB
    YSU has started three freshman linebackers the last six contests. Redshirts Davion Rogers and Travis Williams along with true freshman Teven Williams have been key contributors early in their careers. Teven Williams leads the team with 57 total tackles, including 33 solo stops. Travis Williams ranks second with 52 stops and 29 solos. Rogers, who has blocked two kicks, has two sacks and an interception to go along with 39 tackles and 6.5 TFLs.

Milestone Update
    TB Jamaine Cook has eclipsed the 2,500-yard mark for rushing yards (2,522). QB Kurt Hess has eclipsed the 4,000-yard mark for career passing yards (4,042). WR Jelani Berassa is over 400 yards (412), Cook is seven yards shy of 400 receiving for a career. WR Christian Bryan is eight shy of 600 yards. P Nick Liste is six attempts shy of 90 punts.

Career Update
    TB Jamaine Cook ranks 10th in rushing yardage (2,522) and is five yards shy of ninth place and 45 shy of eighth. He is also 11th in all-purpose yards (3,529) and is 21 shy of 10th place. QB Kurt Hess is eighth in completions (324). He is one shy of seventh place and three shy of sixth. Hess is tied for ninth in touchdown passes (31) and is one shy of seventh. He is 10th in passing yardage (4,042).
    Some streaks of note, Hess has a passing TD in nine straight games. PK David Brown has made 30 straight extra points.

Illinois Sweep
    For the first time since 2006, the Penguins won all three games against Illinois State, Southern Illinois and Western Illinois. That year YSU beat the Salukis at home and won the other two on the road. The Guins went on to knock off Illinois State at home during the playoffs.

Four-Takeaway Streak
    YSU forced a season-high four turnovers against Western Illinois. The Penguins had two interceptions and recovered two fumbles, which both came on mishandled punts. YSU has now won 18 straight games when it forces at least four turnovers. The last loss was against UNI in 2006. Since 2006, the Guins are 20-1 when they have at least four takeaways in a game.

Four-TD Scorers
    For the first time since 1979, YSU has had a quarterback throw four touchdown passes and a player score four rushing TDs in the same campaign. Jamaine Cook had four rushing touchdowns against Saint Francis (Pa.) while Kurt Hess threw four scoring passes against Illinois State and Western Illinois. In 1979, the Penguins' Keith Snoddy had four touchdown passes twice while Robby Robson had four TD rushes three times. In 1978, Snoddy tossed four TDs while Marschell Brumfield ran for four.

Since Carbondale
    Since the second half of the game against Southern Illinois, the Penguins have played some solid all-around football.
    In the last 14 quarters, YSU has outscored its opponents 150-64 while outgaining them 1,701 yards to 1,116.

28-or-More Points
    YSU scored 28-or-more points in seven consecutive games during the season. The last time the Penguins scored that many points in consecutive games was a seven-contest stretch during the 1989 season. YSU scored 77, 34, 35, 28, 35, 49 and 56 after scoring six in the opener at Michigan State.
    YSU's 49-point effort against Saint Francis and 56-point performance vs. Western Illinois marks the first time since October 2001 it has scored over 40 in consecutive contests.

Block Party
    The Penguins have blocked four kicks - three PATs and one punt - and returned a punt for a touchdown and recovered a fumble punt for a score so far this season.
    It's the third time since 2001 that YSU has blocked four kicks in a season (2001 and 2004). The last time the Guins blocked at least five kicks was in 1996 when they blocked six.

Distributing the Ball
    YSU quarterbacks have completed passes to 15 different players so far this season. Eight wide receivers, four tight ends and three running backs have combined for 131 receptions so far this year.
    Of that group, only TE David Rogers and WRs Andre Barboza, Ely Ducatel and Pat White are seniors. YSU's leading receiver is freshman Christian Bryan with 37 catches. Sophomores Jelani Berassa (25) and Kevin Watts (18) have combined for 43 receptions. Barboza leads the seniors with 16.

Changes in Secondary
    The Penguins have had six different starting secondaries this season. YSU did start four players in consecutive games against Western Illinois and UNI. Entering the season only Donald D'Alesio had starting experience, and he was lost for the season against Illinois State with a shoulder injury. Eight different players have started at some point during the season with two being seniors, two being junior-college transfers, two being sophomores and two being freshmen.

Another QB With Four TDs
    Sophomore QB Kurt Hess is the eighth quarterback in school history to throw four touchdown passes in a game. He is just one of three players to do it twice in a career, joining Brandon Summers and Keith Snoddy.
    Hess tossed four touchdown passes against Western Illinois and Illinois State this year.
    In his 20-game career, he has 11 multi-touchdown pass performances. He has a touchdown pass in 15 games, including nine straight.
    YSU has had five four-touchdown passing performances since 2005. Prior to that it had seven total in school history.

No Seniors on the Line
    The Penguins have no seniors on the offensive line this year. The last time no seniors started on the line was in 1998.
    Since at least 1978, this is the first time no seniors at all were part of the offensive line. YSU starts four juniors and a sophomore.

Fresh Faces Again
    This season the Penguins have played a total of 21 redshirt, transfer or true freshmen. Of the players who have not redshirted or transferred after sitting out a year, four started (WR Christian Bryan, WR Andre Stubbs, CB Jimmy May Jr. and LB Teven Williams). Freshmen who were not with the program last year but have started include LT Eric Franklin, LB Travis Williams and LB Davion Rogers.
    Last year, a total of 13 freshmen saw the field, including five who started.
    Of the eight active players that are true sophomores, five are on offense and three are on defense. CB Donald D'Alesio, CB Jamarious Boatwright and C Zach Larson are redshirting because of injuries. Also, Stubbs was lost for the season against Illinois State.

Rogers with a Pick Six
    Freshman LB Davion Rogers returned his first career interception for a touchdown against South Dakota State. In the third quarter, Rogers returned an interception 27 yards for a score, which put the Penguins in front 28-21. He has also blocked two kicks this year.

Lee with Two Scores
    Senior CB Josh Lee set a school and conference record with his 96-yard punt return for a touchdown in the second quarter against Valparaiso. He scored the second touchdown of his career at Southern Illinois. Late in the fourth quarter, he pounced on a fumbled punt in the end zone to put the game away.

Wolford in Second Year
    Head Coach Eric Wolford is in his second season looking to build on last year's three-win campaign. Historically, the second years of head coaches have gone either way.
    Here is a look at the previous five coaches and how they fared their first two years: Coach Dwight Beede won four games in each of his first two seasons; Rey Dempsey improved from four to eight; Bill Narduzzi went from five to four, Jim Tressel went from two to eight and Jon Heacock went from eight to seven.
    Wolford has won two more games this year then 2010 with two contests to play.

Single Digits in Fumbles
    The Guins have lost five fumbles (two on non offensive plays) after nine games. YSU is trying to make it eight straight years of losing single digits in fumbles.
    In 2010, the Penguins lost nine fumbles. In 2009, YSU lost just three fumbles. In 2008, YSU lost nine in 12 games. YSU had nine fumbles lost in 2007, five in 2006, eight in 2005 and eight in 2004. Prior to the current seven-year streak, the Guins had committed single digits in fumbles lost in consecutive years just twice in school history (1986-87 and 1958-59).

Numbers of Note
• Turnover Margin: Since 1996, the Penguins are 101-22 when they win or tie in the turnover margin. When committing more turnovers, YSU is just 13-49.
Since 1990 YSU is:
• 131-18-2 when holding opponents to fewer than 21 points in a game.
• 105-11 when rushing for 200-plus yards.
• 126-19 when scoring 28-or-more points.
• 66-7-1 when holding opponents to fewer than 100 yards rushing in a game.
• 153-9 when leading entering the fourth.
• 68-3-2 when holding opponents to 10 points-or-less in a game.

Up Next: Missouri State
    YSU wraps up the 2011 campaign with a home contest against Missouri State. Kickoff at Stambaugh Stadium is set for 1 p.m.
    The Penguins' 2011 seniors will be honored prior to the contest against the Bears. YSU has lost the last two in the series.

    The Youngstown State football team plays the No. 1 ranked team for the first time since 2007 when it visits North Dakota State on Saturday.Kickoff for the contest is set for 4:07 p.m. Eastern/3:07 p.m. Central at the Fargodome in Fargo, N.D. The game will be carried live on 570 WKBN and is being televised on WBCB in Youngstown.
    YSU (5-4 overall and 3-3 in the MVFC) had a three-game winning streak snapped losing 21-17 at sixth-ranked UNI last Saturday. The Guins took a 17-14 lead early in the fourth quarter, but UNI rallied scoring the game-winning touchdown on a fourth-down play with just 1:59 remaining.
    The Penguins trailed 14-10 after a scoreless third quarter. YSU took its third lead of the game on a 38-yard touchdown pass from Kurt Hess to Will Shaw with 13:42 remaining.
    Each team went three-and-out twice before UNI moved into position for the winning score. On fourth-and-goal from just inches outside the YSU end zone, David Johnson was stopped on his initial push but wiggled his way into the end zone with 1:59 left for the game winner.
    NDSU (9-0 and 6-0) is one of two remaining FCS unbeatens with just two weeks left in the regular season. The Bison and Sam Houston State both sit at 9-0. A win by NDSU against the Penguins will give it at least a share of the MVFC title and the conference's automatic bid to the playoffs.
    NDSU extended its nine-game winning streak with a 27-16 triumph at Indiana State. The contest was tied at 10 before the Bison scored 17 consecutive points to seize control of the game.
    The five-game North Dakota State-YSU series has featured its fair share of thrillers. Last year, YSU overcame an eight-point fourth-quarter deficit to take a final-minute lead as NDSU answered for a 34-29 win.
    All five games have been decided by a total of 25 points, with eight points being the largest margin of victory (YSU 32-24 in 2008).
    Last time at the Fargodome, the Penguins put together a memorable fourth-quarter comeback rallying from 11 points down for a 39-35 victory over North Dakota State in their first-ever trip to the facility.
    YSU plays its final game of the season against Missouri State on Nov. 19 at Stambaugh Stadium.