Penguins Impressive in 19-7 Win Over No. 4 South Dakota State

Armond Dellovade
Armond Dellovade

The No. 5 Youngstown State football team turned in an impressive team effort in a 19-7 win over No. 4 South Dakota State on Saturday evening at Stambaugh Stadium.

The Penguins, who extend their home winning streak to 11 games, improve to 3-1 overall and 1-0 in Missouri Valley Football Conference play while the Jackrabbits fall to 3-1 overall and 0-1 in the MVFC.

Youngstown State dominated the time of possession, 45:14-14:46, and outgained the Jackrabbits, 448-222. The Penguins defense allowed just 65 yards on the ground and came up with two big turnovers in the first and fourth quarters. Armand Dellovade had four tackles, including a safety, and an interception in the fourth quarter.

Junior running back Tevin McCaster ran for 183 yards on 35 carries with a touchdown while Nathan Mays rushed for 65 yards with a touchdown. Mays also passed for 113 yards on 14-of-19 passing.

YSU converted on 10-of-16 third downs and was 2-for-2 on fourth-down conversions. The Penguins also ran 49 more plays than the Jackrabbits, 86-37.

On the game's opening possession, SDSU drove to the YSU five but Jalyn Powell forced a fumble and Kyle Hegedus recovered at the SDSU six.

The Penguins answered with an impressive 94-yard drive in 16 plays capped by a Mays four-yard touchdown run on fourth-and-goal. Mays and Hunter Wells combined for 52 yards passing on 5-of-6 passing attempts during the drive.

SDSU tied the game at 7-7 when Taryn Christion connected with Jake Wieneke on a 10-yard touchdown pass with 14:15 left in the second quarter.

On YSU's second possession of the game, McCaster carried seven times for 60 yards and gave YSU a 14-7 lead with one-yard leap into the endzone at the 10:02 mark of the second quarter. On the drive he had rushes of nine, 10, 12, 13, nine, six and one.

The Penguins outgained the Jackrabbits 252-182 in the first half and allowed just 51 yards on the ground. YSU ran 17 more plays than SDSU and had 16 first downs compared to just eight for the Jackrabbits.

The Penguins looked to extend their lead to two touchdowns, but on second and seven at the SDSU 7, Mays was picked off by Lorenzo Williams at the SDSU one yard line. On the next play, Dellovade stuffed Mike Daniel in the endzone for a safety to put YSU up 16-7 with 4:32 left in the third quarter.

Zak Kennedy booted a 24-yard field goal to extend the YSU lead to 19-7 with 10:21 left in the fourth quarter. The Penguins drive was 60 yards and took up more than nine minutes off the clock.

The Penguins head on the road for just the second time this season next Saturday, Oct. 7, when they visit South Dakota. Kickoff is slated for 3 p.m. EDT in Vermillion, S.D.