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Davis’ big day powers Penguins

After starting the year as a wide receiver, quarterback Ricky Davis has played well in his role as Youngstown State University’s quarterback.

He was certainly on his game Saturday. Davis accounted for five touchdowns as YSU snapped its four-game losing streak with a 66-24 rout of Indiana State in a Missouri Valley Football Conference matchup.

Davis completed 10-of-12 passes for 349 yards and three TDs (averaging 34,9 yards per completion), and he led YSU with 98 yards and two TDs on 14 carries.

“It was a good feeling to finally break that losing streak,” he said. “We played really well all around and that was nice to play with some pride for ourselves. We needed that win just for confidence sake.”

YSU (4-5, 2-4 MVFC) put up points early and often in this game. It all started on a designed quarterback keeper and Davis ran in from 57 yards out. He scored again from one yard on its next possession.

After a blocked punt and a three-and-out, the Penguins had a 28-0 lead in the first quarter before ISU (0-9, 0-6) got on the scoreboard.

“This win was a nice job all around,” Davis said. “I thought we had a good game plan and that everyone did what they wanted to do out there. That was probably one of the most exciting wins I’ve been apart of because of the situation we were in.”

The second quarter saw more of the same for YSU, but Indiana State did get closer.

A Tevin McCaster 1-yard touchdown sandwiched between two ISU touchdowns put the games at 38-24 at halftime in favor of YSU.

In third quarter, Davis connected with redshirt freshmen Samuel St. Surin on touchdown passes of 61 and 64 yards for a 52-24 lead.

“This game was huge for a lot of us,” Davis said. “It was important for us to play YSU football, especially for the seniors like myself. We just want to go out strong because we know that we only have a few opportunities left in this uniform.”

Two Joe Alessi rushing touchdowns sealed the Sycamores’ fate in the fourth quarter. Davis threw for the fourth-most passing yards in school history with 349.

“The offensive line was great today,” Davis said. “I know they’ve taken a lot of flack for not playing well enough. I give credit to (offensive line) coach (Carmen) Bricillo and what he did with the guys. I was barely touched the entire game.”

YSU goes back on the road next week at Southern Illinois University at 2 p.m.