Penguins Fall to Indiana State at Stambaugh Stadium

Tevin McCaster (Photo by Ron Stevens)
Tevin McCaster (Photo by Ron Stevens)

Youngstown, Ohio – The Youngstown State football team was defeated 43-17 by Indiana State on Saturday afternoon at Stambaugh Stadium.

The Penguins fall to 3-5 overall and 2-3 in the Missouri Valley Conference while Sycamores improve to 4-4 and 2-3.

Indiana State finished the game with 476 yards of total offense while YSU had 448 yards.

Junior free safety Devanere Crenshaw finished the game with a team-high 11 tackles, while senior linebacker Armand Dellovade finished with nine tackles. Dellovade recorded his 300th career tackle during the third quarter, becoming the 13th player in school history to accomplish this feat. 

Senior TB Tevin McCaster finished the game with 22 carries for 165 yards and a touchdown. McCaster now has the 10th most rushing yards in school history with 2,671 yards after today's game.

Senior QB Montgomery VanGorder completed 9-of-19 for 125 yards and a touchdown. Junior QB Nathan Mays came on in the third quarter and completed 6-of-11 for 85 yards, while also carrying the ball 10 times for 28 yards.

Junior wide receiver Jermiah Braswell finished the game with a career-high six receptions for 93 yards and a touchdown. 

After forcing a punt on defense, the Penguins wasted no time getting points on the board, as they took a 7-0 lead on their first offensive possession of the game. An eight play, 97-yard drive was capped off by a 25-yard touchdown pass from VanGorder to Braswell with 8:21 left in the first quarter. Indiana State responded on its very next possession with a 41-yard field goal from Jerry Nunez to bring the score to 7-3.

YSU extended its lead to 10-3 midway through the second quarter when Grant Gonya drilled a 33-yard field goal. The Sycamores responded with a field goal of their own to cut YSU's lead to 10-6 with 6:16 left in the half. Nunez finished the drive with a 30-yard field goal, which was setup by a 60-yard completion from Ryan Boyle to Dante Hendrix.

The Sycamores took a 13-10 lead with 2:24 left in the first half when Doyle connected with Hendrix on a 22-yard touchdown strike. Indiana State extended their lead to 16-10 in the closing seconds of the half after Nunez made a 48-yard field goal, his third made field goal of the afternoon. The Indiana State scoring drive was set up after Braswell fumbled the ball at the YSU 46-yard line. 

In the first half, Indiana State had 264 yards of total offense while YSU had 205 yards. McCaster paced the ground game for YSU with 14 carries for 77 yards. Through the air, VanGorder completed 5-of-9 attempts for 96 yards and a touchdown. Braswell was on the receiving end of the touchdown to go along with four receptions for 74 yards.

Indiana State opened up the second half scoring with a touchdown to push their lead to 23-10. Boyle connected with Hendrix for the second time on a 22-yard touchdown pass with 6:51 remaining in the third quarter. 

With 44 seconds left in the third quarter, YSU cut the Indiana State lead to 23-17 on a 2-yard touchdown run from McCaster. McCaster set up the touchdown with a 58-yard carry, before punching the ball into the end zone on the very next play.

Early in the fourth quarter, Indiana State regained a 13-point lead after Boyle found Zach Larkin streaking down the middle of the field for a 15-yard touchdown pass. The Sycamores added to their lead late in the fourth quarter when Titus McCoy ran in a 23-yard touchdown to bring the score to 36-17.

After the ball was snapped over the head of Mays, ISU's Jonas Griffith scooped up the fumble for an 80-yard touchdown to make the score 46-17.

The Penguins hit the road next week when they travel to Fargo to take on No. 1 North Dakota State at 2:30 p.m. at the Fargodome.