Penguins To Open 2020 Slate With Contest at Akron

YSU will play Akron on Sept. 5, 2020.
YSU will play Akron on Sept. 5, 2020.

The Youngstown State football team will open the 2020 season on Sept. 5 against Akron at InfoCision Stadium, the schools announced on Wednesday. The program's, separated by less than 50 miles, haven't played since November 1995.

The series between the Penguins and Zips dates back to 1940, but the last contest, a 24-10 YSU victory on Nov. 4, 1995, at the Rubber Bowl was almost 24 years ago. 

YSU leads the all-time series by a 19-14-2 margin and won the last three contests before the series was halted. Until 1995, the Penguins and Zips played for 29 consecutive seasons dating back to 1967.

The last YSU football contest against a Mid-American Conference foe was Kent State in 2003.

The remainder of the 2020 schedule will be announced in the future.

YSU is set to play 12 games for the 2019 campaign starting on August 24 when the Penguins play Samford in the Guardian Credit Union FCS Kickoff in Montgomery, Ala.

Season tickets and Penguin Club memberships for the campaign are available for $120 by calling (330) 941-1YSU. Season-ticket and Penguin Club renewal information will be sent out this spring. Hospitality tent reservations are also available by contact the Athletics Marketing Office at (330) 941-7227.

YSU-Akron Series Results
11/2/1940 A - W, 13-0
11/7/1941 H - W, 19-0
11/19/1959 H - W, 34-14
11/17/1960 H - W, 34-21
11/1/1962 H - W, 17-13
11/2/1963 A - L, 7-21
10/7/1967 A - L, 12-19
11/22/1968 H - L, 13-48
11/8/1969 A - L, 27-60
11/7/1970 H - L, 14-42
11/20/1971 A - L, 0-7
10/21/1972 H - W, 22-21
10/20/1973 A - L, 7-31
11/16/1974 H - W, 30-0
10/25/1975 A - L, 6-17
9/25/1976 H - L, 3-24
10/15/1977 A - W, 28-10
10/21/1978 H - W, 27-3
10/20/1979 A - W, 16-3
10/4/1980 H - T, 0-0
10/3/1981 A - W, 34-7
9/4/1982 H - L, 19-20
11/5/1983 A - L, 21-49
11/3/1984 H - W, 3-2
11/9/1985 A - L, 5-30
11/21/1986 H - W, 40-39
11/20/1987 A - W, 10-6
10/1/1988 H - L, 7-33
9/23/1989 H - W, 20-17
9/29/1990 H - W, 28-23
10/12/1991 A - L, 24-38
11/14/1992 A - T, 10-10
11/20/1993 A - W, 19-0
10/29/1994 H - W, 41-7
11/4/1995 A - W, 24-10