The Youngstown State football team won its final three games to end the 2017 campaign with a 6-5 overall record and went 4-4 in the Missouri Valley Football Conference. YSU had a pair of first-team All-MVFC selections in OT Justin Spencer and TB Tevin McCaster.
- The Penguins had more than 2,000 yards passing and 2,000 yards rushing in the 11-game campaign. YSU had 2,447 yards rushing (22.25 per game) and 2,075 yards passing (188.6).
- It was the eighth straight season the Penguins rushed for more than 2,000 yards and eighth straight with at least 2,000 yards passing.
- YSU averaged 29.7 points, the eighth straight year of averaging 27.3 points or more in a game.
- YSU quarterbacks combined to throw just four interceptions. Its the fewest since 1993 (four).
- YSU allowed four completions of longer than 37 yards. All four came in two games.
- The defense allowed just 19.1 points per contest, the fewest by the program since 2007.
- YSU led the FCS in the regular season allowing just 143.7 passing yards per game. It was the second time in three years the Penguins ranked No. 1 in the country in fewest passing yards allowed.
- Only twice did YSU allow more than 160 yards through the air and held the opposition to under 115 on five occasions.
- The Penguins surrendered just one touchdown pass in final five games of the year.
- YSU had leads or was tied in nine of 11 games.
- The Penguins played five games that were decided by eight points or less.
- The Guins played a pair of overtime games (Pittsburgh, North Dakota State).
- Four of the five losses were by a combined 18 points.
- YSU converted 43-of-43 PAT kicks on the year. It's first perfect campaign since 2009.
- The Guins won the time-of-possession battle in eight of 11 games.
- YSU outscored opponents 162-73 in the second half and 94-30 in the fourth quarter.
- The Penguins had three quarterbacks pass for more than 500 yards led by Nathan Mays' 905 yards.
- TB Tevin McCaster rushed for a career-high 1,066 yards on 221 carries and had 13 touchdowns. In his career, McCaster has 1,735 yards on 357 carries and 24 TDs.
- QB Hunter Wells finished his career completing 462-of-791 passes for 6,102 yards and 42 touchdowns. He was fifth in school history in career completions and fourth in TD passes.
- QB Ricky Davis rushed for 803 yards on 172 attempts and scored nine touchdowns in his career.
- PK Zak Kennedy has made 46 field goals and 116 extra-point tries through three seasons.
- WR Damoun Patterson averaged 20.0 yards per catch in his career (52-1,039). He was just 0.2 yards per catch shy of the school career record.
- DE Fazson Chapman had one tackle in his YSU career before registering 40 as a senior.
- LB Lee Wright finished his career with 181 total tackles, including 106 solo stops.
- Players to start every game were TB Tevin McCaster, TE Kevin Rader. OT Justin Spencer, C Vitas Hrynkiewicz, OG Gavin Wiggins, OT Cameron Fraser, WR Damoun Patterson, LB Armand Dellovade, LB Lee Wright, DE Fazson Chapman, DE Johnson Louigene, DT Donald Mesier, CB Bryce Gibson, CB Billy Nicoe Hurst and FS Jalyn Powell.
- Spencer started all 50 games he played in his YSU career.
- YSU did not punt in consecutive games for the first time in school history (Robert Morris-Central Connecticut).
- Against Robert Morris, the Guins posted their first shut out since 2012 (30-0).
- The overtime game at Pittsburgh was the Penguins' first against an FBS foe.
- The 66 points against Indiana State set a school record for most points scored in a conference game.
- Davis had one of the best all-around QB performances in school history at Indiana State. He completed 10-of-12 passes for 349 yards and four touchdowns while rushing for 98 yards and two scores on 14 carries.
- McCaster rushed for four touchdowns at South Dakota. It was the first time since Jamaine Cook vs. Saint Francis in 2011 that a Penguins scored four times in a game and the first on the road since 2001.