Penguins Fall to No. 1 North Dakota State

Mark Waid (Photo by Ron Stevens)
Mark Waid (Photo by Ron Stevens)

Youngstown, Ohio – The Youngstown State football team dropped a 56-17 decision to No. 1 North Dakota State on Saturday evening from Stambaugh Stadium.

With the loss, the Penguins drop to 5-4 overall and 1-4 in the Missouri Valley Football Conference while the Bison improve to 9-0 overall and 5-0 in the MVFC.

Freshman Mark Waid came into the game during the second half, finishing 5-of-10 for 51 yards through the air while picking up 79 yards with his legs on nine carries to go along with a score.

Defensively the Penguins were led by Zaire Jones and Christiaan Randall-Posey, who each finished with six tackles.

NDSU outgained the Penguins 447-278 and ran for 251 yards on 34 carries. Trey Lance finished with seven completions on nine attempts for 160 yards and three scores while Kobe Johnson rushed for 103 yards on six carries. 

After forcing the Bison into a three-and-out on the opening drive of the game, Jake Coates muffed the ensuing punt to give NDSU the ball back at the YSU 25-yard line. The Bison took advantage of the turnover taking a 7-0 lead on a nine-yard rushing touchdown from Lance.

Following a punt by the Penguins, the Bison extended their lead to 14-0 when Lance connected with Christian Watson on a 69-yard touchdown strike. With 1:05 remaining in the first quarter, NDSU pushed their lead to 21-0 when a five-play, 62-yard drive was capped off by Lance's third touchdown of the quarter on a six-yard pass to Josh Babicz.

With 9:17 left in the second quarter, Lance threw his third touchdown of the half to make the score 28-0. Babicz hauled in his second score of the game to finish off the three-play, 41-yard drive.

After another NDSU touchdown, the Penguins answered with a five-play, 33-yard scoring drive to make the game 35-7. The drive was set up by 61-yard kickoff return by London Pearson and finished off with a 23-yard touchdown pass from Joe Craycraft to Miles Joiner.

On the ensuing kickoff, Johnson returned it 95 yards for a touchdown to give NDSU a 42-7 lead headed into the half.

On the Penguins' first drive of the second half, they moved the ball 77 yards on 14 plays before settling for a 27-yard field goal from Colt McFadden to make the score 42-10.

The Bison answered with a score on a 75-yard touchdown run from Johnson to push their lead to 49-10 with 6:50 left in the third quarter.

Midway through the fourth quarter, Waid manufactured a 10-play, 66-yard touchdown drive to bring the score to 56-17. On a designed quarterback run, Waid scampered 27 yards up the middle for a score.

The Penguins visit South Dakota on, Saturday, Nov. 9, for a kickoff in The DakotaDome.