YSU running game dominates Blue Devils
YOUNGSTOWN — Coming off a shutout victory against Robert Morris University, the Youngstown State University football team (2-1) gave out another beatdown on Saturday. This time the Penguins clobbered Central Connecticut State University, 59-9.
YSU running back Tevin McCaster rushed for 101 yards on the game and got the scoring started with a 60-yard scamper with 4:34 to go in the first quarter.
Christian Turner continued the rushing attack with a 3-yard run for a 14-0 lead with 14 seconds left in the first.
“I thought we did great. We did what we were supposed to do,” McCaster said. “Our line just did an awesome job today. I put this all on the line.”
McCaster said that a performance like Saturday’s gives the team a lot of confidence.
In the second quarter, it was more YSU. Quarterback Nathan Mays scored from 39 yards away for a 21-0 lead with 10:01 remaining in the second quarter. Mays rushed for a career-high 96 yards on the day and also contributed 111 passing yards.
YSU entered halftime ahead 31-0 after a Shane Kuhn 1-yard touchdown run and a 36-yard field goal by Zak Kennedy.
“We took care of our business,” YSU coach Bo Pelini said. “We obviously won the football game and we did some good things. When we watch film, there were some things we didn’t do right. Overall, we won big and I thought we beat a team we should’ve beat.”
To start the second half, Mays ran for his second rushing touchdown of the day from 2 yards away for a 38-0 lead. Mays became the first YSU quarterback to rush for two touchdowns since Kurt Hess in 2013 against the University of Northern Iowa.
Midway through the third quarter, defensive end Ma’lik Richmond got into the game. He played after a judge granted him a temporary restraining order in order to play. He played about 20 snaps.
In the third quarter, CCSU broke YSU’s defensive scoreless streak with a Cameron Nash 5-yard rushing touchdown. The extra point was blocked which kept the score at 38-6.
YSU tacked on three more rushing touchdowns, including two by quarterback Ricky Davis. YSU reached the 59-point mark with 14:50 remaining in the game and tied a school record with eight rushing touchdowns.
CCSU added a 37-yard field goal by Frankie Palmer.
“We didn’t play too well last week,” YSU linebacker Lee Wright said. “We kind of toned it up a little bit and sharpened our tools. We gave up a long run. They got us on the same play twice because we didn’t defend the play the way we wanted to.”
Wright led the defense with five tackles. Richmond ended up with two tackles, including a tackle for loss.
YSU ended the game with 496 rushing yards. CCSU gained just 264 total yards with 154 on the ground.
YSU now has a bye week before hosting South Dakota State University on Sept. 30 at 7 p.m.