Penguins Turn In Solid Performance in 38-10 Senior Day Victory Over MSU

Tevin McCaster scored a pair of touchdowns in the win over Missouri State (Photo by Ron Stevens)
Tevin McCaster scored a pair of touchdowns in the win over Missouri State (Photo by Ron Stevens)

Tevin McCaster rushed for 181 yards and two touchdowns and the YSU special teams and defense all chipped in with big plays as well as the Youngstown State football team defeated Missouri State 38-10 on a rainy Saturday afternoon at Stambaugh Stadium.

The victory gives the Penguins a 6-5 overall record and a 4-4 mark in the Missouri Valley Football Conference. MSU ends its season with a 4-7 and 2-6 mark.

McCaster carried 27 times to spearhead an offensive attack that amassed 284 yards on the ground. He was one of three Penguins to have a rushing touchdown on the day joined by Joe Alessi and Ricky Davis.

The Penguins took a 3-0 lead following their first offensive possession of the game. After the defense forced a quick three-and-out, YSU moved to the MSU 12-yard line before the drive stalled. Kennedy came on to boot a 30-yard field goal at the 8:18 mark of the opening quarter.

Great hustle by the YSU special teams resulted in YSU's first touchdown of the game. With MSU forced to punt from its 31-yard line, the snap went over MSU punter's Brendan Withrow's head and Samuel St. Surin was fortunate to recover the ball inbounds for a score and a 10-point YSU first-quarter lead.

McCaster's first touchdown of the day increased the YSU lead to 17-0 early in the second quarter. A 30-yard run by McCaster earlier in the drive moved the Penguins into MSU territory. He capped the 10-play, 80-yard match with a pinball wizard run from six yards out.

Alessi added a 34-yard score with 8:18 left in the second quarter and the Penguins held a 24-0 halftime lead.

MSU had the lone points of the third quarter as Zach Drake kicked a 28-yard field goal.

In the fourth quarter, McCaster found some daylight and scampered 28 yards for a score early in the fourth quarter. MSU scored its lone touchdown of the game with 2:35 left on a four-yard run by Myron Mason.

Davis capped off the scoring with 50 seconds left taking the ball in for a score from 10 yards out.

Defensively, Jalyn Powell had nine total tackles, eight of which were solo stops. The Guins had six pass breakups and six QB hurries while Armand Dellovade had a sack.