Penguins Accomplish Much During 2012 Campaign

TB Jamaine Cook against Pittsburgh.
TB Jamaine Cook against Pittsburgh.

• Youngstown State won seven games in a season for the first time since 2007 and won seven Division-I games in the same campaign for first time since 2006.
• YSU opened the season with a 4-0 mark. It was the best start to a campaign since 2000.
• The 31-17 win over Pittsburgh was the program's first over a BCS program in school history. The victory marked the 20th over an FBS school since YSU joined the FCS in 1982. It was the Penguins first win over an FBS program since 2000 (Kent State).
• For the third consecutive year, YSU won its conference opener defeating UNI, 42-35.
• The win over UNI was the program's first since 2000.
• The Penguins led by double figures in nine of 11 games during the season.
• YSU scored 27-or-more points on eight occasions.
• YSU played seven FCS programs that were ranked at some point in time during the season.
• The Penguins had a balanced offense averaging 198.8 yards through the air and 187.3 yards on the ground.
• For the third consecutive year, YSU had more than 25 rushing touchdowns. YSU had 25 in 2012.
• YSU allowed just eight sacks, the fewest number allowed in a season in school history.
• The shut out against Valparaiso was the first by the Penguins since Sept. 26, 2009 vs. Indiana State.
• The Penguins defeated South Dakota 13-10 on Nov. 3. It was the fewest points scored in a victory since 1999.
• Lost only six fumbles, marking the ninth straight season of losing nine-or-fewer fumbles in a campaign.
• YSU had more time of possession nine times and more first downs and total offensive yards in nine games.
• The Penguins did not commit a turnover in five games. YSU was 4-1 in turnover-free games.
• YSU averaged 71.6 plays per game compared to just 58 per game by their opponents.
• The Penguins had 22 scoring drives that lasted 10-or-more plays.
• YSU had 25 scoring drives of 70-plus yards, including eight of 80-or-more yards.
• YSU tied the school-record for 3rd-down conversion percentage at 51.9 percent (1989). YSU was 82-of-158.
• The defense allowed just 95.5 yards rushing per game, the lowest output since 1994 and third-lowest total since 1966. YSU held five opponents under 71 yards rushing. The Penguins allowed one 100-yard rusher on the campaign.
• YSU allowed 11 rushing touchdowns, the fewest since 10 in 2005. Last year YSU allowed 24.
• YSU posted 21 sacks this season after registering 23 in 2011. Thirteen different players had sacks this year.
• In the final 14 quarters of the season, YSU outscored its opponents 92-29. The Penguins had 1,371 total offensive yards to the opposition's 740 yards.
• Every game starters were: WR Christian Bryan, CB Julius Childs, TB Jamaine Cook, FS Donald D'Alesio, OG Chris Elkins, QB Kurt Hess, OG Lamar Mady, OT D.J. Main, CB Dale Peterman, TE Will Shaw, DT Aronde Stanton.
• Cook set a school mark for all-purpose yardage in a career with 5,220 yards. In his 43-game career he averaged 121.4 yards per contest. He had 4,052 yards rushing, 614 yards in kickoff returns and 554 yards receiving.
• Cook ends his career ranking second in school history with 4,052 yards rushing in a career. He was just the second player to eclipse the 4,000-yard plateau in school history.
• Cook finished with 20 100-yard rushing games. That number is second to Smith's 22. Cook had six in 2012.
• Cook rushed for more than 1,000 yards three straight seasons. Just the second player in school history to rush for more than 1,000 yards in three consecutive seasons. Joins TB Tamron Smith as players to accomplish the feat.
• Kurt Hess threw for more than 2,000 yards for the third straight season. Hess is the first quarterback in school history to accomplish the feat.
• Hess set a new YSU record for career touchdown passes. In 33 games, Hess has thrown a school best 53 touchdown tosses eclipsing the previous mark of 51 set by Tom Zetts.
• Additional Milestones - TB Adaris Bellamy eclipses 1,000 yards in career rushing (1,018), WR Christian Bryan eclipses 1,000 career receiving yards (1,094). LB Teven Williams (130), LB Travis Williams (119), FS Donald D'Alesio (113) and SS Jeremey Edwards (103) all with more than 100 career tackles.
• TE Will Shaw's 10 catches at South Dakota State were the most by a tight end in a single game in school history.
• DT Aronde Stanton had 4.5 TFLs against Southern Illinois. It was the most TFLs in a game by a Penguin since Russell Stuvaints had six vs. Western Illinois in 2001.
• Hess had five 200-yard plus passing performances.