Tenth-Ranked Penguins Return Home to Face Western Illinois

YSU vs. Western Illinois
YSU vs. Western Illinois
Youngstown State vs. Western Illinois
Date | Time Saturday, Oct. 11 | 7 p.m.
Location Stambaugh Stadium | Youngstown, Ohio
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    The 10th-ranked Youngstown State football team returns home on Saturday night to play host to Western Illinois at Stambaugh Stadium. Kickoff for the contest is set for 7 p.m. The game is available on WKBN 570 AM as well as iHeartRadio and on tape delay on MyYTV.
    YSU (4-1 overall and 1-0 in the MVFC) opened conference play with a gritty 14-7 victory at No. 23 Missouri State. The Penguins built a 14-0 lead and the defense made it stand up with a solid all-around performance. Highlighting the effort was a two-interception, 11-tackle performance by safety Tre' Moore. Moore's second interception of the game came with 2:21 left in the contest and allowed the Guins to run out the clock. YSU took the lead just 75 seconds into the game when QB Dante Nania connected with WR Andrew Williams on a nine-yard scoring toss. In the second quarter, TB Jody Webb scampered 81 yards for a touchdown, and the defense held the Bears off the board until just under five minutes left in the game.
    Western Illinois (2-4 and 0-2) is coming off a gritty effort of its own dropping a tough 17-10 decision at home to top-ranked North Dakota State. The Leathernecks led the Bison 10-3 in the fourth quarter, but a touchdown reception by NDSU's quarterback and a run by John Crockett with 3:51 proved to be the game winner. WIU running back J.C. Baker had an outstanding game rushing for a career-high 175 yards, including a 34-yard touchdown run in the third quarter. The Leathernecks forced three Bison turnovers and rushed for 253 yards.
    Because of a schedule quirk, YSU and WIU are playing at Stambaugh Stadium for the second consecutive year. Last year, the Guins fought off a stubborn Leatherneck effort to win 24-14. The Penguins scored 10 fourth-quarter points to withstand a WIU upset bid. After Joey Cejudo's field goal increased the YSU lead to 17-14, TE Nate Adams made an outstanding touchdown grab on a Kurt Hess toss with 2:34 remaining to put the game away.
    YSU will play consecutive conference home games entertaining Southern Illinois on Oct. 18 at 4 p.m. in the annual Homecoming game. The Salukis are 2-0 in MVFC play and are at No. 1 North Dakota State this Saturday.


Missouri State Notes
• The seven points allowed were the least in a conference game since a 27-6 win in the final game of the 2012 campaign against Indiana State.
• The combined 21 points by both teams marked the lowest scoring game for the Penguins since a 20-point contest against South Dakota State in 2009.
• TB Jody Webb's 81-yard scoring run was the longest for the Guins since Jordan Thompson scored on a 95-yard carry against Saint Francis in 2011.
• Webb had the second 100-yard game of his career finishing with 117 yards. His other game was a 122-yard performance against Morehead State.
• SS Tre' Moore became the first Penguin since DeAngelo Wilson to intercept two passes in a game. Wilson had two picks in a win over North Dakota State in the 2008 campaign.
• WR Andrew Williams caught a season-high five passes in the win. Williams opened the game with a 56-yard catch and two plays later hauled in a nine-yard touchdown reception.
• YSU's defense registered four sacks of MSU QB Kierra Harris. The Penguins had five sacks in the first four games before a strong performance against the Bears.
• YSU allowed just 75 yards passing in the game. That's the lowest total against since Indiana State had 54 on Nov. 8, 2008.
• The last time YSU held a conference opponent scoreless in the first half was South Dakota in November 2012.
• The 14 points were the fewest scored in a road win since the Penguins beat Illinois State 14-12 on Oct. 7, 2000.
• The win was the 450th in program history.

Missouri State Recap
    YSU built a 14-0 lead and the defense made it stand up with a solid all-around performance in a 14-7 win over Missouri State last Saturday at new-look Plaster Stadium.
    Highlighting the defensive effort was a two-interception, 11-tackle performance by safety Tre' Moore. Moore's second interception of the game came with 2:21 left in the contest and allowed the Guins to run out the clock.
    YSU took the lead just 75 seconds into the game when QB Dante Nania connected with WR Andrew Williams on a nine-yard scoring toss. The play was set up when Nania connected with Williams for 56 yards on the first snap of the game.
    In the second quarter, TB Jody Webb scampered 81 yards for a touchdown and the defense held the Bears off the board until just under five minutes left in the game.
    The defense had four sacks and allowed just 75 yards passing in the contest.

Last Year's WIU Recap
    The Penguins scored 10 fourth-quarter points to earn a 24-14 win over Western Illinois on a cool Homecoming at Stambaugh Stadium.
    Tailback Martin Ruiz rushed for a career-high 199 yards, and Kurt Hess threw two touchdown passes in the victory.
    The Penguins jumped out in front 7-0 when Ruiz scored on a 60-yard run midway through the first quarter. WIU tied the game on the first play of the second quarter when QB Trenton Norvell scored from a yard out.
    YSU led 14-7 at halftime when Hess found Christian Bryan for a seven-yard scoring toss.
    In the third, WIU tied the game when Norvell hit Lance Lenoir on a nine-yard pass with 7:26 left in the period.
    The Penguins took a 17-14 lead on a 33-yard field goal from Joey Cejudo with 11:34 left in the game.
    Nine minutes later, Nate Adams' spectacular diving catch on Hess's two-yard toss sealed the victory.

Good Starts A Norm
    For the third straight season the Guins have started a campaign 4-1. In 2012, YSU opened the campaign with four straight wins before dropping a contest. Last year, the Penguins eventually opened the campaign with an 8-1 mark. This season, YSU has won four straight games after dropping is season opener at Illinois. Also, under Head Coach Eric Wolford, the Penguins have won all of their MVFC openers, including the last two on the road.

Playing Well in MVFC Games
    Since November 2012, the Penguins have won nine of their last 12 MVFC games. YSU won its final three games of the 2012 slate, posted a 5-3 mark a year ago and opened the 2014 MVFC schedule with a 14-7 win at Missouri State.
    YSU had a school-record eight-game conference winning streak span the end of the 2012 slate and the first five contests last year.

MVFC Openers
    The Guins are now an impressive 15-3 in Missouri Valley Football Conference openers since joining the league in 1997 following the 14-7 win at Missouri State.
    The Penguins improved to a perfect 5-0 all-time in league openers against Missouri State, with three wins coming on the road. The two other times YSU opened MVFC play at MSU with wins, it advanced to the playoffs - 2000 and 2006.
    Of the 18 league openers, the Guins are a perfect 9-0 at home while going 6-3 on the road. In first road games of the MVFC slate, the Guins are 9-9 all-time.

Moore To Offer
    Junior SS Tre' Moore has made a big impact since becoming a regular in the lineup during the second quarter of the Butler game.
    Last Saturday, Moore had his best game to date by intercepting two passes and recording a career-best 11 tackles in the win at Missouri State. He had two second-half picks against the Bears, including one that helped seal the win at the YSU 32-yard line with 2:21 remaining in the game.
    He came on against Butler and registered nine tackles, including six solo stops. In the win over Saint Francis he had five total stops, including four solos.

Bam Has Been All Over
    Junior LB Dubem Nwadiogbu, aka "Bam", has been a key difference maker on defense so far this year. Nwadiogbu has 42 tackles, including 28 solo stops.
    In the first three contests this year, he set a new career high in tackles.
    Against Butler, Nwadiogbu had a career-high 11 stops, including seven solos. He also had a fumble recovery in the contest.
    He had a eight total tackles and six solo stops in the win over Duquesne after tying his previous career standard with six at Illinois. He added eight more tackles, including six solos, in the win over Saint Francis.
    At Missouri State, he had nine tackles and was more active pressuring the quarterback with a pair of hard-hit hurries.
    Entering the game at MSU, only 10 of his 60 career tackles had been outside of September. He had nine to start the month of October.

Turning Up The Heat
    The Penguins had five sacks in the first four games of the season before recording four in the win at Missouri State. The Guins also had six quarterback hurries and intercepted two passes.
    Against MSU, Dubem Nwadiogbu, Terrell Williams, Desmond Williams, Derek Rivers and Jaylin Kelly were all credited with getting to MSU QB Kierra Harris.
    For the game, the Guins had eight tackles for 29 yards in losses.

Rivers Flowing to QBs
    Sophomore DE Derek Rivers had a career-best five tackles in the win at Missouri State. Rivers had a pair of quarterback hurries and a sack against the Bears.
    This year, Rivers has 14 tackles, including 10 solo stops. Last year, he posted 13 tackles playing in 10 games.
    He has sacks in four of five games this year, including two against Saint Francis.
    Of his 14 tackles this season, 10 are solos and 7.5 have been for losses.

Big Plays In Pass Game
    The Penguins have made some big plays in the passing game early in the season.
    In the first five games, the Guins have six pass plays of 54 yards or more. Last year, the Penguins had just four completions of longer than 50 yards in 12 games played. YSU did not complete a pass of over 50 yards in 2012.
    Hunter Wells completed a 72-yard touchdown pass to Jelani Berassa in the win over Butler. Against Duquesne, QB Dante Nania completed a 66-yard toss to Berassa while Andrew Williams caught a 54-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter. At Illinois in the season opener, Nania found Williams for a 61-yard gain and connected with Jody Webb on a 54-yard toss.
    On the first snap of the game against Missouri State, Nania connected with Williams on a 56-yard pickup.

Ruiz Model of Consistency
    Sophomore TB Martin Ruiz has rushed for more than 79 yards in all five games this year. He had rushing touchdowns in the first four games of the season before being held out of the end zone at Missouri State.
    In his first-ever performance against the Bears he rushed for 79 yards on 24 carries.
    Ruiz played just the first half against Saint Francis and had 82 yards on 12 carries while scoring two touchdowns.
    Against a strong Butler rush defense, he had 108 yards on 21 attempts and scored a touchdown.
    In the win over Duquesne, he had 148 yards on 23 carries and scored two touchdowns. At Illinois, he had a career-high 32 carries for 116 yards and a touchdown.
    Ruiz has rushed for more than 100 yards seven times in his 17-game YSU career. He has scored a touchdown in 13 games as well.

Nania Leading the Offense
    Junior QB Dante Nania has picked up wins in three of his first four starts.
    Nania earned his first road win last Saturday when the Penguins held on for a 14-7 win at Missouri State.
    Nania started the first two games of the season before being sidelined against Butler with an ankle injury.
    In his return to the lineup against Saint Francis, he was 11-of-22 for 180 yards, and his three scores were to three different receivers. At Missouri State he was 10-of-16 for 130 yards and a first-quarter touchdown.
    He completed 16-of-23 passes for 288 yards and the first two touchdown passes of his career against Duquesne. At Illinois, he rushed for 46 yards on 12 carries while completing 11-of-24 passes for 177 yards.
    Prior to this year, he had 12 career completions and just 21 attempts.

Quick-Strike Offense
    YSU has had six scoring drives of under 30 seconds this season. In each of the past four games, the Guins have had at least one quick-strike score.
    Three times this season, YSU has had a one-play scoring drive - Duquesne, Butler and Missouri State.
    Against the Bulldogs, QB Hunter Wells found WR Jelani Berassa on a quick one-play, 72-yard scoring strike in just 12 seconds.
    Against the Dukes, QB Dante Nania found Andrew Williams for a 54-yard score in a seven-second drive.
    Against the Bears, TB Jody Webb took an inside handoff and scooted 81 yards in 12 seconds for a one-play drive in the second quarter.

Solid Start for Cejudo
    PK/P Joey Cejudo has done a good job managing all of the kicking roles for the Penguins this season.
    Cejudo has made 9-of-10 field-goal attempts and started the year by making his first nine attempts of the season before a miss at Missouri State.
    As a punter, he is averaging 39.5 yards per kick and has had five punts of more than 50 yards in the last two games. He has placed six inside the opponents' 20-yard line this year.
    He has kicked off 32 times this year with half of his boots going for touchbacks.
    He was named the MVFC's Special Teams Player of the Week for his three field-goal performance at Illinois.

Berassa A Go-To Receiver
    Senior WR Jelani Berassa has 21 receptions this season, nine more than any other YSU wide receiver. Berassa has 373 yards receiving this season and had a three-touchdown performance in the win over Butler.
    Last year, Berassa caught just six passes for 74 yards and one score. He missed the 2012 season with a knee injury. In 2011, he had at least four catches in a game on five occasions, including a career-best seven in the season finale against Missouri State.

Williams A Play Maker
    Junior WR Andrew Williams has had 61 yards -or-more receiving in each of his four games this season. Williams had a season-best 83 yards on five catches and a score in the win at Missouri State.
    On the first play of the game, his 56-yard reception set up his first score, which was a nine-yard toss from QB Dante Nania. Later in the game, Williams caught a 38-yard strike, but that was nullified by a penalty.
    Williams is tied for the team lead with Jelani Berassa with three touchdown receptions. Williams has caught a touchdown pass in three straight games.
    He has tied his career-high for receiving touchdowns, which came back in 2012. Williams caught two TD passes last year.

Adams With More TDs
    Senior TE Nate Adams has caught two touchdown passes this season, marking the third straight year he has had at least a pair of scores. Adams had a career-high four-touchdown receptions last year.
    Against Butler he caught a two-yard pass for a score after hauling in a 31-yard touchdown catch against Duquesne.
    It's usually good news for the Guins when Adams scores at TD. The Penguins are 7-1 in contests when he hauls in a TD pass. The lone loss came to NDSU last season.

Receivers Grow Up
    The group of Jelani Berassa, Christian Bryan, Andrew Williams and Andre Stubbs have combined for 296 receptions in their YSU careers.
    Berassa is in his sixth year with the program while Bryan, Williams and Stubbs all came in together as part of the 2011 recruiting class.
    Bryan never redshirted and has caught 105 passes in a solid career. He ranks 10th in school history in career receptions. Williams has caught 65 passes, Berassa has 68 catches and Stubbs has 58. Berassa missed the 2010 and 2012 seasons with knee injuries. When healthy in 2011, he had 37 catches.
    Fifth-year senior TE Nate Adams has 28 catches, including eight touchdowns, as well.

>400 Yards/27 Points
    The Penguins have had more than 400 yards of total offense in 26 games under Head Coach Eric Wolford. YSU has eclipsed the mark in three straight games entering the Missouri State tilt.
    In his 50 contests, YSU has had more than 300 yards in 43 of them. Additionally, the Guins have scored 27-or-more points in 34 of Wolford's 49 games at the helm.

Red-Zone Success
    YSU has converted at a high success rate in the red zone under Head Coach Eric Wolford.
    The Guins are 18-of-22 so far this season (nine field goals and nine touchdowns - five rushing and four passing).
    Last year, YSU was 43-of-47 (91.5 percent) in its red-zone opportunities. It marked the second season in his four-year tenure that the Guins converted more than 90 percent of their red-zone opportunities. YSU scored touchdowns on 38 of those red-zone visits.
    In 50 games under Coach Wolford, the Penguins are 179-for-203 (88.2 percent) inside the red zone. YSU has scored 147 touchdowns (99 rushing and 48 passing) while making 32-of-33 field-goal attempts. Of the 11 turnovers committed, nine have been interceptions.
    The Penguins were 35-of-43 inside the red-zone in 2012 (81.7 percent). YSU went 42-of-47 in 2011 (89.4 percent), and, in 2010, the Guins converted 41-of-45 chances (91.1 percent).
    Overall, the program has a red-zone score in 56 consecutive games.

Three is Still Important
    Under Coach Eric Wolford, YSU is a combined 36-of-44 on field-goal attempts (81.8 percent).
    PK Joey Cejudo started off the season making his first nine attempts before a miss at Missouri State. He made six-of-eight attempts last season, including a long of 40 against Duquesne.
    In his YSU career, Cejudo has made 15-of-18 attempts (83.3 percent).
    In 2012, PK David Brown converted six-of-seven attempts. In 2011, the Penguins did not make a field goal in the first eight games before converting three field goals.
    YSU was 12-of-14 in 2010, all of which came by the foot of Stephen Blose.

Numbers Under Wolf
    After 50 games, Head Coach Eric Wolford is now 28-22. YSU has won 23 of its last 34 games under Wolford since the mid-point of the 2011 season. A couple of good notes have come from his 50 games regarding wins and losses. Both losses when allowing 27 or fewer points have come at UNI (21-17 in 2011 and 22-20 in 2013).
• YSU is 14-0 when allowing 20 points or fewer
• YSU is 25-2 when allowing 27 points or fewer
• YSU is 26-4 when allowing 33 points or fewer

Two Over 200 Yards
    So far the Penguins have had two quarterbacks throw for over 200 yards in a game.
    Dante Nania had 288 against Duquesne while Hunter Wells had 297 vs. Butler.
    The last time two different quarterbacks passed for more than 200 yards in a game in the same season was in 1985. Bob Courtney threw for more than 200 yards in three games. Trenton Lykes had a season-high 231 yards in the season finale against Morehead State.

Cejudo Pulls Double Duty
    Joey Cejudo is handling both the placekicking and punting duties for YSU this year. He is one of just three Penguins to handle both punting and kicking in the same year since 1970.
    The last Penguin to handle both roles as punter and placekicker was Jeff Wilkins in 1992-93. Wilkins was the placekicker in each season throughout his YSU career. Wilkins shared punting duties in 1992 before assuming both placekicker and punting roles in 1993. He turned out to be pretty good playing 14 years in the NFL and winning a Super Bowl title with the St. Louis Rams.
    The only other kicker since 1970 to handle both chores was Chuck Haynali, who did both in three straight seasons - 1976, 1977 and 1978.

Childs Stepping Up
    Senior CB Julius Childs has been a tackling machine this season for the Penguins. He is second on the team with 36 total tackles and has 28 solo stops through the first five games.
    Against Butler, Childs had 11 total tackles and was credited with an impressive 10 solo stops. In the contest prior vs. Duquesne, he had a career-high 13 tackles, nine of which were solos.

Berassa's Rare Game
    Senior WR Jelani Berassa had a rare game in a multitude of ways against Butler.
    First, Berassa became just  the fourth player in school history to catch three touchdown passes in the same game. It marked the first time since 1979 that a Penguin caught three touchdown passes in the same contest. Impressively, all three of his scores came in the second quarter.
    Only five times in school history has a receiver caught three touchdown passes and had more than 100 yards in the same game.
    He followed up a 114-yard performance against Duquesne with a career-high 167-yard game against Butler. It was the first time since Dominique Barnes had consecutive 100-yard receiving games to end the 2010 slate that a Guin recorded back-to-back 100-yard plus contests. Berassa is one of just nine players in Penguin history to accomplish that  feat.

Ruiz Trifecta First Since 1960
    Sophomore TB Martin Ruiz opened the campaign by rushing for more than 100 yards in each of YSU's first three games.
    The last Penguin (and only other time it happened) to open a season rushing for 100-plus yards in three straight games was Frank Horvath in 1960.
    Horvath opened the 1960 season with 124 yards against Toledo. He followed that contest with a 123-yard contest against Eastern Michigan and 136-yard performance vs. Northern Michigan. He had a total of 383 yards following those games.
    Horvath eclipsed the 100-yard mark six times in an eight-game slate that year and finished with 1,010 yards on 150 carries for the season.
    After five games in 2014, Ruiz has 533 yards on 112 attempts and has scored six rushing touchdowns.

Wells Bells
    Freshman QB Hunter Wells had an impressive starting debut throwing four touchdown passes while completing 16-of-22 attempts for 297 yards against Butler on Sept. 13.
    His 297 yards passing were the most in a game by a YSU freshman since Denny Klembara had three 300-yard efforts in 1968.
    The last time a freshman quarterback had more than 200 yards in a first career start was Tom Zetts (207) against Slippery Rock in 2004.

Bryan Eclipses 100
    Senior WR Christian Bryan has 105 career receptions in his YSU career.
    Bryan is just one of 14 players in school history to eclipse the 100-reception mark in a career.
    He ranks 10th in school history with his 105 career grabs and is five from eighth place.
    Bryan is tied for 13th in school history for career touchdown receptions with his 11 TDs. He is one of 15 players in YSU history with 11-or-more TD grabs in a career. He's tied with Ray Ellington and Kyle Smith with 11 career touchdown receptions. Teammate Jelani Berassa moved ahead of him against Butler.

Four-TD Passing Games
    Since Nov. 1, 2008, quarterbacks Kurt Hess (six), Brandon Summers (two) and Hunter Wells (one) have combined to throw at least four touchdowns in a game nine times in a span of 65 games.
    In school history before November 2008, a group of six quarterbacks combined for eight four-passing touchdown games. YSU had played 702 games up to that point in school history.
    Hess had a school-record five touchdown passes against Missouri State in 2011.
Six Captains in 2014
    The Penguins have six seniors serving as team captains. Sixth-year senior WR Jelani Berassa, fifth-year seniors FS Donald D'Alesio and TE Nate Adams, fourth-year senior WR Christian Bryan, third-year senior CB Julius Childs and second-year senior DT Octavius Brown were selected to assume that role this year.

Offensive Line Gelling
    An offensive line that features just one senior - C Stephen Page - has played well through the first five games.
    This year, YSU has had three first-time starters on the unit, including two who have started every contest. OG Dylan Colucci and OT Justin Spencer have started all five games this season after not having any starts under their belts. Against Duquesne, OG Cameron Fraser was in the starting lineup.
    YSU has started the same grouping in four of five games. So far this year, the Guins have produced a 100-yard rusher in four of five games, rushed for more than 199 yards four times and had over 380 yards of total offense on four occasions.
    The Guins are averaging 448.2 yards of total offense through four contests. After allowing three sacks in the opener at Illinois, the unit regrouped and has allowed just one sack in the past four games.
    The line does have some veterans in Trevor Strickland, Brock Eisenhuth and Page. Strickland started five contests a year ago while  Eisenhuth started nine times last season. Prior to this year, Page's last start was in 2012 at South Dakota State.

Experienced Front D-Line
    The defensive line has drawn rave reviews for its early season performance.
    DT Emmanuel Kromah and DE Terrell Williams have started the last 17 games on the front line. NT Octavius Brown has started the first five games this year and made an impact as a run stopper. DE Derek Rivers has started the past four contests. He has five sacks so far this season. Last year, Rivers had three sacks in just 10 games played. He has eight sacks in 15 career games as a Penguin.
    Also contributing up front are DE Eric Myers, DT Steve Zaborsky and DE Desmond Williams. Williams had a sack for a 15-yard loss and a key late TFL setting up the cliniching interception in the win at Missouri State.

Three Over 150 Tackles
    Senior FS Donald D'Alesio leads the program with 212 career tackles, including 111 solo stops. Senior LB Travis Williams has 170 career tackles, 99 of which are solos. Senior CB Julius Childs has 157 tackles, 114 of which are solos.
Four-Takeaway win Streak
    YSU has won 19 straight games when it forces at least four turnovers. In 2013, the Guins were 1-0 when that occurred.
    Since 2006, the Guins are 21-1 when they have at least four takeaways in a game. The last loss was against UNI in 2006.

First Time QB Starters
    Dante Nania and Hunter Wells became the 14th and 15th different quarterbacks to start for the Penguins since five games into the 1998 season when Jeff Ryan took over as the starter. YSU has had 15 different starters in a span of 16 seasons. In 1998, YSU started three different QBs in the first five games before Ryan started all but one game the next three-plus years.
    Former Penguin Kurt Hess started 45 straight games from 2010-13 while Tom Zetts started every game from 2004-07.
    Since 1998, YSU has had multiple first-time starters in 2014, 2009, 2008, 2003 and 2002.
    The Guins are 8-7 in games in which a quarterback makes his first start since Ryan's appearance against Southern Illinois in 1998. At the FCS level (since 1981), the Penguins are 16-12 when a quarterback starts for the first time in his career.

Classroom Excellence
    Since Head Coach Eric Wolford took over, he has also had an impact on the Penguins' production in the classroom. In eight of the nine spring/fall semesters he has been head coach, the Guins have maintained at least a 2.70 cumulative GPA.
    The Guins had 43 selections to the Missouri Valley Football Conference honor roll. Senior TE Nate Adams was a recipient of the Presidents Academic Award as well.
    This past summer, YSU was the recipient of the FCS Athletics Directors Association APR award for having the most improved APR score in the Missouri Valley Football Conference in 2012-13.

Three Graduates on Roster
    Three members of the program have already earned their bachelor's degrees from Youngstown State. YSU's trio of graduates are Jelani Berassa, Nate Adams and Donald D'Alesio.
    Berassa and Adams both graduated following the 2013 fall semester while D'Alesio earned his diploma following the spring semester.

12-Game Regular Season
    The Penguins are playing 12 regular-season games for just the fourth time in school history. The other times were last year, 2008 and 2003. The Guins posted an 8-4 mark a year ago, were 4-8 in 2008 and went 5-7 in 2003.
    Last year the Guins picked up an impressive eight wins against Division I programs. In 2003, two victories came against non-Division I foes.

Strong Florida Influence
    This season, the Penguins have an impressive 19 players from the state of Florida. Of the 19, 18 have been recruited by Coach Eric Wolford and his current staff, which includes Florida natives Glenn Davis and Eric Gallon. Wolford also coached at USF.

Williams times Six
    The Penguins have six players on the roster with the last name Williams. On offense, YSU has Andrew (WR) and Dwayne (OL), while the defense is home to Desmond (DE), Milton (DT), Travis (LB) and Terrell (DE).

Backs Stay Ready to Go
    YSU's tailback position showed its depth in the victory over Saint Francis. The Guins had three backs get nicked up against the Red Flash and the group of four who played combined for 39 carries for 275 yards and six TDs.
    Martin Ruiz had two rushing scores while Jody Webb and Demond Hymes each had rushing and receiving scores. For Hymes, his first career reception was a touchdown.
    All four backs had at least 59 yards rushing while three had 10-plus carries.

Numbers of Note
• Turnover Margin: Since 1996, the Penguins are 116-27 when they win or tie in the turnover margin. When committing more turnovers, YSU is just 19-54.
Since 1990 YSU is:
• 144-18-2 when holding opponents to fewer than 21 points in a game.
• 118-13 when rushing for 200-plus yards.
• 140-22 when scoring 28-or-more points.
• 73-9-1 when holding opponents to fewer than 100 yards rushing in a game.
• 170-13 when leading entering the fourth.
• 75-3-2 when holding opponents to 10 points-or-less in a game.
More recently:
• YSU has scored points in 67 straight games.
• YSU has scored in double figures in 23 consecutive contests.
• The Guins last played an overtime game on Sept. 11, 2004 against Florida International. YSU has not played an OT contest in a span of 118 games dating back to that contest.

Up Next: Southern Illinois
    The Penguins play their second straight home game on Oct. 18 when Southern Illinois visits Stambaugh Stadium. Kickoff for the contest is set for 4 p.m.