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South Dakota at YSU

TIME has just about run out on the playoff aspirations of the Youngstown State football team, but the Penguins aren’t ready to throw in the towel just yet. YSU (2-4, 1-2 Missouri Valley Football Conference) looked ready to challenge second-ranked South Dakota State last week before an ...

Small-but-feisty YSU not deterred by numbers

YOUNGSTOWN — The dejection lingered around the Youngstown State women’s basketball team like a black cloud, hovering over the final 20 minutes of last season’s Horizon League semifinal in Detroit. Youngstown State, yet again, could not overcome the physicality and dominance of Green Bay ...

Penguin players perplex Pelini

YOUNGSTOWN — The frustration has been simmering within Youngstown State football coach Bo Pelini, and it boiled over a bit at his weekly press conference. The problem is dinner already might be burnt. Pelini aired out some disappointment in players not performing and failing to giving ...

Jackrabbits pull away from Penguins, 36-7

BROOKINGS, S.D. — The Youngstown State Penguins looked ready to compete with one of the top teams in the FCS through two quarters Saturday. They showed they still have a ways to go for that to happen in the final two quarters. Second-ranked South Dakota State pulled away with a dominant ...

Figuring things out

YOUNGSTOWN — The looks of bewilderment were a little less frequent, as were the irate tantrums by their coach. OK, maybe that second one isn’t completely true. The learning curve was steep for the Youngstown State football team during the first few weeks of the season, which led to some ...

Much-needed win

YOUNGSTOWN — Youngstown State place kicker Zak Kennedy approached Penguins quarterback Montgomery VanGorder around halftime during what can only be labeled a sloppy football game against Southern Illinois. Kennedy has endured a rough stretch of inconsistency for the last two seasons, and ...

YSU defense steps up in crucial game

YOUNGSTOWN — The numbers didn’t seem correct, like a clerical mistake was made by a statistician somewhere. The Youngstown State defense was giving up 417 yards per game, including nearly 300 yards passing. That was beyond bizarre for a group that has been among the nation’s best since ...

S. Illinois at YSU

THE Youngstown State Penguins looked at last week’s matchup with Western Illinois as a must-win game. That makes this week’s clash with Southern Illinois ... well, it makes it a must-must-win game. YSU is 1-3 after dropping its Missouri Valley Football Conference opener to WIU, and ...

Penguins struggle to find answers

YOUNGSTOWN — It was a look and an explanation Bo Pelini hasn’t seen or heard many times in a coaching career that spans nearly 30 years. The Youngstown State football coach recalled a moment this past Saturday during the Penguins’ 45-38 loss to Western Illinois when a player ran off the ...

Mistakes cost YSU against W. Illinois

An up-and-down conference opener finished on a down note for the Youngstown State Penguins. YSU rallied from a 20-point second-half deficit to pull within six points in the fourth quarter, but Western Illinois pulled away to claim a 45-38 victory in the Missouri Valley Football Conference ...

YSU at Western Illinois

As bad as the season began for the Youngstown State football team, all can be forgiven starting today. The Penguins open up Missouri Valley Football Conference play on the road at Western Illinois. The Penguins need to have a strong showing in the MVFC as they enter with a 1-2 record that ...

Penguins find themselves in ‘do or die’ mode

YOUNGSTOWN — It’s only Week 4 for the Youngstown State football team, but in the eyes of the Penguins, “it’s do or die” time. YSU begins Missouri Valley Football Conference play with a 1-2 record and can ill afford another loss after suffering an embarrassing upset to Butler in the ...

Penguins in prime time to start 2019

YOUNGSTOWN — Bo Pelini is going to have to cut down on his golf game next year, but the Youngstown State football coach is OK with it. Pelini and the Penguins are going prime time in 2019. YSU announced Tuesday it will take part in the FCS Kickoff, opening the FCS season on ESPN when they ...

That’s more like it

YOUNGSTOWN — The situation was all too familiar for Youngstown State senior Armand Dellovade. The Penguins had a two-touchdown lead at home against a non-scholarship opponent from Indiana. Last time that happened — just two weeks ago against Butler — the Penguins collapsed and endured ...

Assistant coach to return on Monday

YOUNGSTOWN — Youngstown State co-defensive coordinator Richard McNutt will return to the team Monday following a university investigation. McNutt served a five-day suspension that started Monday and ended Saturday after allegedly engaging in a domestic violence incident. In a report from ...

Scouting Report: Week 3

A game that seemed like a laugher just two weeks ago suddenly isn’t a laughing matter. Youngstown State hosts Valparaiso today, and while a matchup with a non-scholarship, lower-level FCS school normally appears to be an easy victory, the Penguins found out that’s not always the ...

Attention to detail

YOUNGSTOWN — Little things have caused big problems for the Youngstown State football team in its first two games. The Penguins have one last chance to fix those problems before they begin conference play, and while that chance comes against a non-scholarship school with one winning season ...

Saturday’s loss ‘better’ than previous week

The outcome was still a loss, but it was much less shocking. The Youngstown State Penguins were embarrassed by what a recent Sports Illustrated article called “one of the biggest upsets of the century” last week. Really, that’s only about 18 years, but still, the story wasn’t a good ...

WVU denies upset bid

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — West Virginia’s Gary Jennings slammed the door on more than just several jokes at his expense about his lack of scoring a year ago. The senior shut down any thought Youngstown State had of an upset. Jennings caught three touchdown passes from Will Grier to lead No. ...

YSU Scouting Report: Week 2

A season can’t be lost in one game, but it sure felt that way after Youngstown State’s stunning defeat to Butler in Week 1. The Penguins blew a 21-7 fourth-quarter lead to a non-scholarship Butler team that had never defeated a Missouri Valley Football Conference team. The only ...