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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 ...

Bad taste remains

YOUNGSTOWN — The bad taste left in the mouth of the Youngstown State football team hadn’t gone away by Tuesday. In fact, it may never leave. The Penguins were still smarting from Saturday’s shocking 23-21 defeat to Butler — a non-scholarship program and a 35 1/2-point underdog going ...

Difficult to explain Penguins’ bad loss

Savon Smith looked down at the podium to see if there was something in the statistics that could explain what just happened. Not surprisingly, there wasn’t. Youngstown State, a team with more than 60 scholarship players and one that many expect (or expected) to compete for a playoff berth ...

Disappointing

YOUNGSTOWN — No scholarships. No respect. No chance. No problem for the Butler Bulldogs. A non-scholarship program that was 35 1/2-point underdogs to 24th-ranked Youngstown State pulled off one of the biggest upsets in Penguins’ history, knocking off YSU, 23-21, with a field goal in the ...

YSU offense & defense struggle against Butler

YOUNGSTOWN — The Youngstown State Penguins struggled on both sides of the ball to start the game in their 23-21 upset loss to Butler on Saturday at Stambaugh Stadium. The offense went three-and-out on the first drive, and Butler went 74 yards on four plays to take a 7-0 lead. BU quarterback ...

New-look YSU starts Saturday

YOUNGSTOWN — When it comes to college football, major roster overhauls are rather normal on a year-to-year basis. Students graduate or run out of eligibility, and incoming or redshirt freshmen step in along with players most people have never heard of because they were on the scout team. ...

Penguins fourth in league poll

Some onlookers may scoff at the Youngstown State football team’s fourth-place ranking in the Missouri Valley Football Conference’s preseason poll. Those same spectators probably don’t know much about the MVFC. The most successful — and deepest — conference in the FCS, based off of ...

YSU is destination

YOUNGSTOWN — It was getting dark as Dra Rushton walked around the campus of Youngstown State University as a sophomore in high school, and he suddenly got a visitor. “(YSU President Jim Tressel) pulled up next to me on the golf cart, him and his wife,” said Rushton, a 2018 Liberty ...

Former Penguin inching toward NBA

YOUNGSTOWN — Kendrick Perry walks into the room, somewhere in Youngstown. Some friends haven’t seen him since 2014. The clean-cut, 6-foot-1 point guard enters. His hair is not as short as it once was. The Ocoee, Fla., native quickly brushes a dreadlock or two aside. It’s him, the ...

YSU guard’s injury appeal denied

Francisco Santiago walked the sidelines, whistle around his neck, pacing with a purpose. His seventh- and eighth-grade Cleveland-based AAU team was within his sight, and he was watching and mentoring their moves on the basketball court. The former Youngstown State University men’s ...

Zallows leaving a legacy

YOUNGSTOWN — Carl Zallow remembers the day. A 4.1-mile per hour wind sailed behind the speedsters rushing down the 100 meters at the Austintown Fitch High School track. A couple of state champions and an Ohio State wide receiver among the eight soaring down the all-weather surface. The ...

Zallow tripped up at NCAAs

Chad Zallow knew he would have a good start. He always does. The Youngstown State University junior surged his under 6-foot body out of his block and showed once again someone not 6-4 can compete in this 110-meter race. Wednesday, the John F. Kennedy wanted to prove the doubters wrong as ...

YSU’s Zallow runs for spot in NCAA finals

Not this time. Chad Zallow isn’t going to settle. The Youngstown State University junior isn’t going to travel across the United States for this trip to Oregon to come up short yet again. Ninth place. Not good enough. Illinois’ David Kendziera is the leader in the clubhouse with a ...

Injury, appeal won’t slow Santiago’s drive

YOUNGSTOWN — There are words one shouldn’t use around Francisco Santiago. No. Cannot. Quit. Those are not in his vocabulary. The 6-foot-1 point guard has a hard time comprehending where others fall short. It’s in the Youngstown State basketball player’s DNA. Santiago tore his ACL ...