P.J. Mays and Darius Peterson each ran for more than 100 yards and the YSU rushing attack rolled up 451 yards on the ground in a 44-0 victory over Clarion in front of a crowd of 16,019 on Saturday night at Stambaugh Stadium.
Mays picked up 77 on his first carry of the game running for a score. He later added an 83-yard touchdown run -- the longest in the history of Stambaugh Stadium. YSU had 541 total offensive yards in the contest, the sixth-best single-game total in school history.
Mays finished with a game-high 180 yards on just nine carries -- good for an average of eight yards per rush. Peterson had 111 yards on 12 attempts and had scores of 27 and 41 yards. Jeff Ryan connected with Jerald Burley on a 48-yard touchdown pass in the first and safety Bruce Hightower returned a fumble six yards for a touchdown. Jake Stewart added a 24-yard field goal in the second quarter.
YSU (2-0) came out on fire as Mays scored on the contest's first offensive play. His 77-yard run set a stadium record that lasted for almost 10 minutes. On the Penguins' next possession Ryan hit Burley for a score. Ryan was 2-of-4 passing for 61 yards. Mays then took off on an 83-yard gallop with 4:39 left in the first quarter.
The Penguins outyarded Clarion (0-2) 541-234 and outrushed the Golden Eagles 451-167. YSU, who had five turnovers in the opener against Lock Haven, forced six turnovers -- four fumbles and two interceptions.
Youngstown State travels to play at Division I Toledo on Saturday, Sept. 15 at the Glass Bowl. The Rockets are 2-0 after defeating Temple 33-7 this afternoon.