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YSU leading at halftime

September 1, 2012 - Dana Sulonen
Kurt Hess has to have ice in his veins. I’m going to ask him about that at the end of the game.

The Penguins started their second scoring drive of the game in the first quarter, and carried the momentum into the second. Throwing screen pass after screen pass (we lost track in the press box), the Penguins were inside the 10-yard line, poised to score. Then Hess fumbled the ball. He recovered it, but it took the Penguins back 11 yards. How does he follow that play up? Just with a 14-yard touchdown pass to Will Shaw, giving the Penguins the 14-7 lead after the PAT. The Penguins drove 15 plays and 92 yards for the score.

After the YSU TD, the Pitt offense answered with a field goal. While I’d love to say the YSU defense made some big plays, they were helped a lot by Panther mistakes. I can name at least two plays that if Pitt quarterback Tino Sunseri would have connected to his receiver, the game would be tied. But the Penguins – again – caught a break and the Panthers had to settle for a field goal.

There have been numerous other breaks the YSU defense caught in the second quarter, especially in Pitt’s last drive of the half. The play that stands out is a dropped pass by Pitt receiver Devin Street that would have given the Panthers a new set of downs and a chance at the end zone. Also, the Pitt offense showed no sense of urgency with 2 minutes left in the half.

The YSU offense is downright good. And they are having their way with a Division I, major conference defense. Now if the YSU defense can get a stop, or keep getting the Panthers to make mistakes, this game might make SportsCenter under the category “upset.”

Score at halftime, 14-10 YSU


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