For the second straight season, the Youngstown State football team will play seven games at Stambaugh Stadium. The season gets off to a fast start with three home contests in the month of September after playing the opener at Illinois.
The Penguins have home games against Duquesne (Sept. 6), Butler (Sept. 13), Saint Francis (Sept. 20), Western Illinois (Oct. 11), Southern Illinois (Oct. 18), South Dakota (Nov. 1) and Indiana State (Nov. 15).
Reserved season-ticket packages are available for $102 while general-admission packages are $78. Call the YSU Athletic Ticket Office at (330) 941-1978 for more information. The ticket office is located in north end of Stambaugh Stadium. Ticket office hours throughout the summer are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Penguins will play Duquesne at home for the second straight season. YSU defeated the Dukes 59-17 on Sept. 21 at Stambaugh Stadium. The victory was a springboard for the Guins to go on a six-game winning streak last season. Duquesne finished the season 7-4 overall and tied for the Northeast Conference title with a 4-2 mark. The Dukes won six of their final eight games in 2013.
Butler, which won the Pioneer Football League and made its first-ever FCS playoff appearance, returns to Youngstown for the second time. The Bulldogs visited Stambaugh Stadium in 2010, Coach Eric Wolford's first season. YSU won that contest 35-7. In 2013, the Bulldogs won seven of their last nine contests and finished 9-4 on the campaign.
The final non-conference game is against Saint Francis (Pa.). YSU has won all five games in the series, including a 49-23 win at Stambaugh Stadium in 2011. The Red Flash were 5-6 in 2013 and were 3-3 in Northeast Conference play. Two of SFU's losses last year were by four points or less.
Because of a schedule quirk, Western Illinois will visit YSU in consecutive years for the first time. YSU won 24-14 at Stambaugh Stadium last October and has now won nine of the last 10 contests against the Leathernecks to take an 18-11 series lead.
The next week features a contest against Southern Illinois at Stambaugh Stadium. YSU rallied from down 27-14 in the fourth quarter to win at SIU 28-27 this past season. The Guins own a 13-11-1 all-time series lead against the Salukis.
The Penguins return to Stambaugh Stadium to face South Dakota on Nov. 1. Both games with the Coyotes have been close since they joined the conference in 2012. YSU won 13-10 at Stambaugh Stadium in 2012 and rallied for a thrilling 38-34 win at USD last season.
Senior Day will take place against Indiana State for the third time in five seasons. YSU has won the last two meetings against the Sycamores, including a 35-24 win in Terre Haute last year. The Penguins own a 20-3 advantage in the all-time series.
YSU went 8-3 in 2013, including a 5-3 mark in the MVFC. The Penguins' victory total has increased each of the past four seasons under Head Coach Eric Wolford.
The only other time besides 2013 that YSU has played seven regular-season home games was in 2003.
2014 Home Football Schedule
Sept. 6 vs. Duquesne | 4 p.m.
Sept. 13 vs. Butler | 4 p.m.
Sept. 20 vs. Saint Francis (Pa.) | 7 p.m.
Oct. 11 vs. Western Illinois | 7 p.m.
Oct. 18 vs. Southern Illinois | 4 p.m. (HOMECOMING)
Nov. 1 vs. South Dakota | 2 p.m. (HALL OF FAME)
Nov. 15 vs. Indiana State | 2 p.m.