Offense Has Record-Setting Day in 77-13 Win Over Valparaiso

Adaris Bellamy
Adaris Bellamy

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Youngstown -- The Youngstown State offense had a record-setting performance on Saturday afternoon at Stambaugh Stadium as the Penguins defeated Valparaiso 77-13 in the 2011 home opener.

Among the school records set were most points in a game, most points in a quarter - 35 in the first - and total yards - 657. Josh Lee set an individual record with a 96-yard punt return for a touchdown early in the first quarter. The Guins also set a school mark with 34 first downs.

Five different Penguins rushed for touchdowns, and two more were on the receiving end of scoring tosses from sophomore quarterback Kurt Hess. Tailbacks Adaris Bellamy, Jamaine Cook and Jordan Thompson all had two rushing scores, and Torrian Pace and Parnell Taylor had one  apiece, the first in their YSU careers. Andre Barboza and David Rogers had receiving touchdowns early in the second quarter.

The Penguins (1-1) defense forced two turnovers and a turnover on downs. Reserve linebacker Teven Williams had a team-high seven tackles while Brandon Thomas forced a fumble and Dom Rich intercepted a pass. Davion Rogers added a blocked punt in the second quarter.

The offense scored touchdowns on 11 of its first 12 possessions, and the scoreless one came with a kneeldown to end the first half.

Cook got the scoring started at the 11:46 mark of the first half when he barreled into the end zone on fourth-and-goal from the one. The defense forced a three-and-out, and Lee outran everybody on the ensuing punt for a 96-yard return along the YSU sideline.

Cook gained 50 yards on two carries on the next drive, including a 31-yarder for a touchdown with 8:44 remaining. Jordan Thompson added scoring runs of nine and 10 yards before the end of the quarter.

Hess hit Barboza in the end zone on a 24-yard touchdown pass two-and-a-half minutes into the second quarter, and he followed Rogers' blocked punt with a scoring toss to Rogers from the 16 with 10:54 left.

Bellamy scored on a 34-yard run with 7:17 remaining to make the score 56-0 before Valpo got on the board. Eric Hoffman scrambled for 11 yards into the corner of the end zone on third-and-10 as the Crusaders completed a nine-play, 66-yard drive. YSU's Daniel Stewart blocked the extra-point attempt.

Following a 44-yard kickoff return by Andre Stubbs, Bellamy finished the first-half scoring with a 13-yard touchdown rush with 2:58 on the clock.

The Penguins had 476 yards of offense in the first half - 272 on the ground and 204 through the air.

Pace scored on a 17-yard rush to conclude YSU's first drive of the second half that lasted 14 plays and nearly nine minutes. Taylor scored on a two-yard rush on YSU's initial drive of the fourth quarter to cap another 14-play drive that lasted 8:17.

Bobby Wysocki ran nine yards for a Valparaiso (0-2) touchdown with 1:45 remaining to make the score 77-13.

Hess finished 12-for-13 for 204 yards, and his lone incompletion came on a dropped pass early in the first quarter.

Cook ran for 126 yards on 15 carries, and Bellamy posted 180 yards on 23 rushes.

Youngstown State rushed the ball on its final 43 plays from scrimmage and attempted its last pass near the eight-minute mark of the second quarter.

Hoffman completed 14-of-30 for 112 yards after throwing for 394 yards in Valpo's season opener last week. Dale Cook led the rushers with 39 yards on seven carries.

Youngstown State will play its Missouri Valley Football Conference opener next Saturday against Illinois State at Stambaugh Stadium. Kickoff against the Redbirds is scheduled for 4 p.m. For tickets contact the Athletic Ticket Office at (330) 941-1978.