Most Wins Since 2006 Highlight Strong All-Around Season

2013 Captains
2013 Captains

The Youngstown State football team had its most wins in seven seasons and its longest winning streak and best start to a campaign in 13 years in 2013. YSU posted an 8-4 mark and finished tied for second in the Missouri Valley Football Conference.

• The eight wins by YSU in 2013 were the most for the program since 2006. The Penguins also recorded their most Division I wins in the past seven years as well.
• The Guins have improved their victory totals each of the past three years. YSU won three games in 2010 before winning six in 2011. The next season (2012) YSU won seven and then eight in 2013.
• YSU had a six-game winning streak from Sept. 21-Nov. 2. The six consecutive wins marked the longest winning streak since 2000.
• The Penguins started Missouri Valley Football Conference play 5-0 for the first time in school history. YSU joined the league in 1997.
• Spanning the final three MVFC wins of the 2012 season and the first five of the 2013 campaign, the Penguins won a school-record eight straight conference games.
• On the road in MVFC play, YSU was 3-1 with wins at Southern Illinois, Indiana State and South Dakota. It was the first win in the state of South Dakota since 1974 for the program. YSU also won at Indiana State and Southern Illinois in the same year for the first time 2001.
• For the second time in three seasons the Penguins defeated Illinois State, Western Illinois and Southern Illinois in the same season.
• The Penguins were 3-0 in October. It was the first unbeaten month of October since 1996.
• From Nov. 3, 2012, to Nov. 2, 2013, YSU posted an 11-1 record.
• YSU won five games at home for the second straight year.
• YSU scored 17 points at Michigan State. Through 11 games, the Spartans have allowed more points just twice.
• In the final regular-season Sports Network Poll the Penguins were ranked 17th.
• Players who started every game in 2013 - QB Kurt Hess, C Chris Elkins, OG Fred Herdman, OT/OG Andrew Sinko, DT Emmanuel Kromah, DE Kyle Sirl and DE Terrell Williams.
• Hess finished his career as the school-record holder for completions (706), attempts (1,135), yards (8,925), touchdowns (75), yards per game (198.4), 200-yard passing games (24), passer rating (144.96), touchdowns responsible for (87), total offense (9,459) and total offense per game (210.2).
• Hess passed for 2,229 yards on the campaign marking the fourth straight season he eclipsed the 2,000-yard mark. He is the only quarterback in school history to accomplish the feat.
• YSU's 23 touchdown passes - Hess with 22 and Tanner Garry with one - were the second most in school history. It's 2,457 passing yards were the fourth most in school history.
• Freshman TB Martin Ruiz set school freshmen records with 192 attempts, 1,094 rushing yards and 15 touchdowns. His 1,094 yards were the second most by a freshman in a season in conference history.
• For the fourth consecutive year the Penguins had a back rush for more than 1,000 yards. Ruiz had 1,094 in 2013 following up strong campaigns by standout Jamaine Cook who had 1,000-plus yards in 2010, 2011 and 2012.
• Elkins ended his career starting his final 38 games. Hess started all 45 throughout his four-year career.
• Senior P Nick Liste shattered the school record for punting average. Liste averaged 44.2 yards per kick on the season on 50 attempts. The previous best was 41.8 in 1985 by Nick Xides. Liste finished his career averaging 41.6 yards a boot, also a school record that broke Xides mark of 40.9.
• Junior WR Christian Bryan caught the 100th pass of his YSU career during the season. He has 102 career grabs which ranks him 11th in school history. He is also tied for 11th in school history with 11 touchdown grabs.
• Junior LB Teven Williams had a career-high 81 tackles and now has 211 for his career.
• Head Coach Eric Wolford was one of 21 finalists for the Eddie Robinson Coach-of-the-Year Award. He is also in the running for the Liberty Mutual Coach-of-the-Year honor.
• The Penguins had seven players catch two-or-more touchdown passes during the year. Andre Stubbs (five), Nate Adams (four), Marcel Caver (three) and Christian Bryan, Andrew Williams, Carson Sharbaugh and Ruiz each had two.
• YSU tied a school record with three 50-plus point games in a season. The Penguins scored 67 vs. Morehead State and 59 twice (Illinois State and Duquesne). The only other campaign the Guins scored 50-or-more points three times during a season was in 1994.
• YSU QBs threw just seven interceptions, the fewest since six in 2007.
• YSU was penalized just 48 times during the season for 448 yards in 12 games. Both were the fewest in the conference.
• The Penguins had a balanced offense averaging 204.8 yards through the air and 195.8 yards on the ground.
• The Penguins registered 31 rushing and 23 passing TDs. It is just the third time in school history the Penguins had a 30-20 season. The others were in 1999 (32 rush, 21 pass) and 1979 (34 rush, 21 pass). The 31 rush TDs were the most since 2006.
• Once again YSU had tremendous success inside the Red Zone. The Guins were 43-of-47 on the year (91.5 percent) and in league games were 25-of-27 (92.6 percent). Both ranked first in the conference.
• The Penguins led the MVFC in punting (37.5 net yards), average per punt (44.2 yards), kickoff coverage (41.7 net yards) and were second in kickoff returns (24.5 yards per return). The 24.5 yards per return was the third best in school history and highest since 1994.
• YSU played a strong schedule playing eight seven-win teams. Three of the four non-conference foes won seven games. The MVFC had five seven-win teams on the season, including the Penguins.
• The Penguins posted a winning league record for the first time since 2006. The Guins were .500 the previous two years.
• It marked just the fifth time the program has won five-or-more MVFC games in a season since joining the conference in 1997.
• For the first time since 1999, YSU had two fourth-quarter comebacks on the road. The Guins overcame a 27-14 deficit to win at Southern Illinois 28-27. YSU scored with 14 seconds left for a 38-34 win at South Dakota.