2017 Season Recap | Penguins End Year on Three-Game Winning Streak

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The Youngstown State football team won its final three games to end the 2017 campaign with a 6-5 overall record and went 4-4 in the Missouri Valley Football Conference. YSU had a pair of first-team All-MVFC selections in OT Justin Spencer and TB Tevin McCaster.

Team Highlights

  • The Penguins had more than 2,000 yards passing and 2,000 yards rushing in the 11-game campaign. YSU had 2,447 yards rushing (22.25 per game) and 2,075 yards passing (188.6).
  • It was the eighth straight season the Penguins rushed for more than 2,000 yards and eighth straight with at least 2,000 yards passing.
  • YSU averaged 29.7 points, the eighth straight year of averaging 27.3 points or more in a game.
  • YSU quarterbacks combined to throw just four interceptions. Its the fewest since 1993 (four).
  • YSU allowed four completions of longer than 37 yards. All four came in two games.
  • The defense allowed just 19.1 points per contest, the fewest by the program since 2007.
  • YSU led the FCS in the regular season allowing just 143.7 passing yards per game. It was the second time in three years the Penguins ranked No. 1 in the country in fewest passing yards allowed.
  • Only twice did YSU allow more than 160 yards through the air and held the opposition to under 115 on five occasions.
  • The Penguins surrendered just one touchdown pass in final five games of the year.
  • YSU had leads or was tied in nine of 11 games.
  • The Penguins played five games that were decided by eight points or less.
  • The Guins played a pair of overtime games (Pittsburgh, North Dakota State).
  • Four of the five losses were by a combined 18 points.
  • YSU converted 43-of-43 PAT kicks on the year. It's first perfect campaign since 2009.
  • The Guins won the time-of-possession battle in eight of 11 games.
  • YSU outscored opponents 162-73 in the second half and 94-30 in the fourth quarter.

Individual Highlights


Game Highlights

  • YSU did not punt in consecutive games for the first time in school history (Robert Morris-Central Connecticut).
  • Against Robert Morris, the Guins posted their first shut out since 2012 (30-0).
  • The overtime game at Pittsburgh was the Penguins' first against an FBS foe.
  • The 66 points against Indiana State set a school record for most points scored in a conference game.
  • Davis had one of the best all-around QB performances in school history at Indiana State. He completed 10-of-12 passes for 349 yards and four touchdowns while rushing for 98 yards and two scores on 14 carries.
  • McCaster rushed for four touchdowns at South Dakota. It was the first time since Jamaine Cook vs. Saint Francis in 2011 that a Penguins scored four times in a game and the first on the road since 2001.