2014 YSU Football Season Highlights

TB Martin Ruiz
TB Martin Ruiz

The Youngstown State football team was ranked throughout the entire 2014 season and finished the year with a 7-5 overall record and 4-4 mark in Missouri Valley Football Conference play.

  • It marked the fourth consecutive year the program finished with a winning record and third straight time the Guins won at least seven Division I games in a season.
  • YSU won five home games for the third straight year. The Guins have won 15 of their last 20 contests at Stambaugh Stadium.
  • The Penguins defeated South Dakota State for the first time since the Jackrabbits joined the contest. The 27-24 win in Brookings marked the first YSU victory at SDSU since 1974. The Guins won at Missouri State for the first time since 2006.
  • YSU opened the season with a 7-2 record and was 4-1 in the MVFC entering the final three weeks of the campaign.
  • The Guins had a second-half lead in 11 of 12 games during the year. 
  • It marked the fifth consecutive year that the Penguins had more than 2,000 yards rushing and passing in the same season. YSU had 2,556 yards passing and 2,427 yards rushing for the season. The Guins averaged 415.2 yards of total offense per game - 213 passing and 202.2 rushing a contest.
  • It was just the second time in school history that YSU averaged more than 200 yards rushing and passing per game. The only other year was 2011 that the Guins averaged above 200 yards in both.
  • YSU threw 20 touchdown passes (Hunter Wells -14, Dante Nania - 6). It was just the sixth time in school history - and third time in the last four years - that the Guins had 20 touchdown passes in a season.
  • The 2,556 yards passing was the second most in school history behind the 1999 season in which the Guins had 2,722 yards.
  • The Penguins had more than 400 yards of total offense per game for the fourth time in the past five years. The 415.2 yards per game ranked second in school history.
  • YSU averaged five yards per rushing attempt, the fifth-best per-carry average in a season in school history.
  • The Penguins made 14 field goals during the season (all by Joey Cejudo). It was the most made in a season since 2007.
  • YSU's defense registered 29 sacks, the most since recording 34 in the 2002 season.
  • The offensive line allowed just 14 sacks for the campaign. That total was one fewer than 2013.
  • TB Martin Ruiz rushed for a career-best 1,320 yards on 265 carries. His total ranked as the 11th most in single season in school history.
  • Ruiz had eight 100-plus yard rushing games for the year. He opened the year by rushing for more than 100 yards in the first three games. It marked the first time since 1960 that a YSU back had eclipsed 100 yards rushing in the first three games of a season.
  • WR Andrew Williams had career highs in receptions (54), yards (976) and touchdowns (six). His 976 yards were the fourth most in a single season in school history and most since 1999.
  • Williams became the first player in school history to have three consecutive 100-yard receiving games. He had 139 yards at South Dakota State, 140 vs. South Dakota and 158 at Illinois State in three straight contests.
  • WR Jelani Berassa became the first Penguin to catch three touchdown passes in a game since 1979. Berassa caught three touchdown tosses in the same quarter in a win over Butler. It was the first time since Dec. 1, 1979 (Jim Ferranti) that a Guin caught three scores in a game.
  • Wells threw four touchdown passes in his starting debut against Butler. It was the 17th time in school history that a QB threw four-or-more TD passes in the same game.
  • WR Christian Bryan ended his career with 110 receptions to rank tied for eighth for most catches in a career. Andrew Williams has 107 catches entering his senior season.
  • LB Dubem Nwadiogbu became the first Penguin to record more than 100 tackles since 1006. Nwadiogbu had 104 for the season.
  • DE Derek Rivers set a regular season school mark with 14 sacks. His total ranked as the third most in a season in school history and highest total since 1997.
  • DE Terrell Williams posted 10 sacks on the year. That total tied for the fourth most in a season in school history.
  • Rivers (South Dakota State) and Williams (South Dakota) both tied the school record for most sacks in a single game joining Pat Danko (1991) and Chris Stec (1984) as the only players with four sacks in the same game.
  • FS Tre' Moore had four interceptions for the year. That was the most by a Penguin since De'Angelo Wilson in 2008.
  • Players who started all 12 games: Emmanuel Kromah, Octavius Brown, Julius Childs, Jaylin Kelly, Nwadiogbu, Donald D'Alesio, Berassa, Justin Spencer, Trevor Strickland and Ruiz.