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YSU Penguin Athletics / Penguins Announce December Signees
« on: December 22, 2023, 10:49:52 AM »
Remy Bose
6-1, 210
Gateway High School
Pittsburgh, Pa.

High School: Was a first-team all-conference selection as a junior…two-time all-conference selection…coach was Don Holl.

Brandon Chambers

Brandon Chambers Jr.
5-11, 181
Farrell High School

High School: Was a standout running back and safety…named a District 10/Region 3 All-Star as an all-purpose back
and defensive back…Farrell defeated Mercyhurst Prep to win the District 10 Class 2A title…scored on a 54-yard run
in the game…won district title in two straight seasons…as a junior rushed for more than 1,000 yards and caught
11 passes for 150 yards and three touchdowns.

Antuan Gardner
Antuan Gardner
Running Back
6-0, 205
Niles McKinley High School
Niles, Ohio

High School: First-team All-Ohio Division IV selection as a senior…named the NE-8 Conference Player of the
Year…named the Trumbull County Coaches Association Player of the Year…rushed for 2,479 yards on 297
carries and scored 31 touchdowns in 2023…averaged 8.3 yards per rush…caught 10 passes for 209 yards
and two scores…named the Big 22 Player of the Year by WYTV…in the playoffs, rushed for 471 yards and
scored six touchdowns on 29 carries against Ashtabula Edgewood…the win over Edgewood was the Red
Dragons' first playoff win in 23 years…rushed for 4,746 yards and scored 61 touchdowns during career.

Stephen Henderson
Stephen Henderson
6-1, 210
Shaker Heights High School
Cleveland, Ohio

High School: Played defensive end/outside linebacker and tight end…had 42 tackles, with 23 solo stops
as a senior…had eight TFLs, highlighted by six sacks…forced two fumbles and had two fumble recoveries.

Dallas McCracken
Dallas McCracken
Offensive Lineman
6-4, 265
United High School

High School: First-team All-Ohio Division VI selection as a senior…had 54 pancake blocks as a senior…added
46 tackles along with 10 TFLs and six sacks…was a first-team All-Quad County pick…three-time first-team
All-Northeast Inland All-District Division VI selection…helped lead United to 17 wins over the last two
seasons and a pair of playoff appearances…played offensive and defensive line…started 43 games in
his career…recorded 142 pancake blocks during career…in 2023, Golden Eagles posted a 10-2 record and
won the Eastern Ohio Athletic Conference title…coach was D.J. Ogilvie…also is a standout wrestler finishing
runner-up in the 2023 Ohio Division III Championships as a heavyweight…is United's first Division I recruit in
26 years.

Devaughn Perkins
Devaughn Perkins
Defensive Tackle
6-0, 295
Cathedral High School
Indianapolis, Ind.

High School: First-team All-City Offensive Lineman as a senior…named to the Indy Star Super Team…Irish played in the Class 6A state semifinals in 2022…coach was Bill Peebles.

Colin Seibert
Colin Siebert
6-4, 190
Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School
Cleveland, Ohio

High School: Second-team All-Northeast Lakes District selection as a senior…threw for 2,108 yards
and 16 touchdown passes in 2023…rushed for four scores…also plays basketball.

Brendan Tabachnick
Brendan Tabachnick
Defensive End
6-5, 265
North Royalton High School
Cleveland, Ohio

High School: Was a standout defensive end and tight end.

YSU Penguin Athletics / Reid, Dynes Earn Horizon League Weekly Honors
« on: December 14, 2023, 07:34:14 AM »
Indianapolis, Ind. – Youngstown State senior Ziggy Reid has been named the Horizon League Under Armour Player of the Week and freshman Gabe Dynes is the Under Armour Freshman of the Week, the league announced on Monday.

It marks the first Horizon League weekly honor for both Reid and Dynes.

Reid led the Penguins to a 2-0 record last week with a pair of road victories over Mid-American Conference opponents. He averaged 17.5 points and 5.5 rebounds per game and shot 45.8 percent from the field, 46.2 percent from 3-point range and 100 percent from the free-throw line.

Reid led the Penguins with a season-high 25 points with five 3-pointers  in the Penguins 72-68 win at Western Michigan. Against the Broncos he connected on 9-of-17 from the floor and 5-of-11 from 3-point range.

He scored 10 points, all in the second half, in the Penguins 78-72 win over Ohio.

Dynes was an important factor in the Penguin's 2-0 record last week in their road victories over Mid-American Conference opponents.

He averaged 6.0 points per game and shot 75 percent from the field. He also had four rebounds and posted a block in each game.

Dynes also ranks second in the Horizon League in total blocks with 17 and 1.7 blocks per game.

Youngstown State hosts Bethany, Thursday, Dec. 14. Tipoff is set for 6:30 p.m. at Beeghly Center.

YSU Penguin Athletics / Football: 2024 and Beyond
« on: December 04, 2023, 07:46:52 AM »
So let us see what people think will be in store for YSU next season.

Moon Township, Pa. – Four players scored in double figures as the Youngstown State men's basketball team won its second straight Horizon League game with a 71-57 defeat of Robert Morris on Saturday at the UPMC Events Center.

The Penguins improve to 5-3 overall and 2-0 in the Horizon League while the Colonials fall to 2-6 overall and 0-2 in league play.

DJ Burns posted his fourth double-double with 18 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Penguins. Brett Thompson scored 17 points with four assists while Ziggy Reid had 14 points and eight rebounds, and Brandon Rush added 12 points. The Penguins also made 10 3-pointers - three from Burns, Rush and Thompson each, and one from Reid.

Despite a hard fought first half with three ties and two lead changes, the Penguins opened the second half on a 13-4 scoring run to turn a two-point (30-28) halftime edge into an 11-point lead at the 16:15 mark.

Thompson scored five straight points with a jumper and 3-point to push the YSU lead to eight, 37-29, and his fast-break layup gave the Penguins a 41-32 lead at the 17:27 mark.

A fast-break layup by Burns, a jumper by Bryson Langdon, and a layup by Rush ballooned the lead to 15 points, 47-32, with 12:48 to go.

After a Colonials bucket, the Penguins scored 12 of the next 13 points to increase their lead to a game-high 24 points, 59-35, with 8:35 remaining.

Robert Morris whittled the lead down to 16, but two 3-pointers by Burns boosted the lead back to 20, 67-47, with 3:20 left.

The Colonials would not get any closer than 13 the rest of the way.

Youngstown State visits Mid-American Conference foe Ohio, Wednesday, Dec. 6. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. in Athens, Ohio.

YSU Penguin Athletics / Yesterday's Oher Conference Games
« on: December 03, 2023, 10:38:50 AM »
South Dakota 34 over Sacramento State 24
South Dakota State 41 over Mercer 0
North Dakota State 35 over Montana State 34 (OT)
Idaho 20 over Southern Illinois 17 (OT)

SIU was a disappointment & NDSU struggled much more than I expected.

The Youngstown State football team will play host to Duquesne in the first round of the NCAA FCS Playoffs on Saturday, Nov. 25 at Stambaugh Stadium. Kickoff is set for 5 p.m.

The Penguins are making their first trip to the postseason since 2016 when they won four games and played in the National Championship Game in Frisco, Texas.

YSU finished the season 7-4 overall and posted a 5-3 record in the Missouri Valley Football Conference. Duquesne enters the postseason as the NEC Champion after finishing 7-4 overall and 6-1 in conference play.

The winner of the YSU-Duquesne game will face No. 8 seed Villanova in the second round on Dec. 2.

Ticket Information

All tickets for the first-round game between the Penguins and Dukes can be purchased online via Tickets can be purchased starting at 2 p.m. today.

YSU season-ticket holders and Penguin Club members will be able to purchase their reserved seats through their YSU account.

The YSU Athletic Ticket Office will be open Monday-Wednesday (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) and Friday (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) this week at Stambaugh Stadium. The University is closed for the Thanksgiving holiday on Thursday, but tickets will be available online that day.

Tickets can also be purchased by calling (330) 941-1978 starting on Monday morning.

All Penguin Club Loge Holders will receive details via email on how to purchase tickets for the playoff game.

As a reminder, no discounts are available for postseason games.

Pricing Information


$20 – All reserved seats (same price day of game)
$10 – Seniors (same price day of game) – 62-and-over
$10 – YSU Students

Advanced Parking

$40 – M-81 and M-70 Tailgate lots (Lots open at 11 a.m.)

Season-ticket holders and Penguin Club members have the opportunity to purchase their tailgate parking permit via their YSU account.

Additional Information

The contest will be carried on 570 WKBN, the iHeartMedia App, and ESPN+.

YSU Penguin Athletics / Does anyone have ESPNU?
« on: November 19, 2023, 12:33:13 PM »
If you do, let us know what they announce

YSU Penguin Athletics / Murray State IN-GAME thread
« on: November 18, 2023, 01:03:44 PM »
1 hour to go.

YSU Penguin Athletics / Well, let's see where we stand
« on: November 18, 2023, 12:58:50 PM »
First note that aside from 2 games yesterday, this is BEFORE today's game. The 2023 championship field will consist of 10 automatic qualifiers, with another 14 at-large selections. To be one of those 14 (not 24) teams is what we are battling for. Bold means they are already in the play-ff in my opinions. However there are still today's game remaining to be played.

United Athletic Conference:: The first in our series of craziness. This is a merger of the ASUN and WAC. Last year they were combined for football-only, now it is an official single conference. This mean they conference will receive an auto-bid to the play-off and all teams can qualify for an at-large berth. Also, this is a very strong conference in terms of membership. Today Austin Peay and Central Arkansas will battle for the auto-berth. At this point, Both teams should be in, but because it is a new conference, it will be hard to justify a 7-4 Central Arkansas should they lose today.
1. Austin Peay
2. Central Arkansas

Big Sky: Always a power conference. should see as many bids as the MVFC. Again Montana vs. Montana State decides the autobid.  The game to watch is not Montana v MSU; rather it is Sacramento State vs UC-Davis. If Davis wins, this will be either a 3-deep, or 5-deep conference for 2023. Idaho's loss to Weber is an issue, but the Vandals will show their return to prominence in the FCS with a win over Idaho State today. Weber's hapless free-fall kisses UNI's post-season goodbye.
1. Montana = 9-1
2. Montana State = 8-2
3. Idaho = 7-3

4. Sacramento State = 7-3
5. OC-Davis = 6-4

Big South - Ohio Valley: Well what mess this is. Individually, The Big South and Ohio Valley no longer exist for football and will share on autobid. Gardner-Webb will earn the Big South-OVC quto-berth to the FCS Playoffs, and share the league title with UT Martin, with a win today over Charleston Southern. UT Martin is looking for one final strong showing to solidify the team's playoff résumé. While Gardner-Webb can secure the association's automatic playoff bid with a win against Charleston Southern, the Skyhawks (IMO) have built a stronger regular season portfolio for an at-large bid. If GW loses, I think they are out of the Play-off.
1. UT-Martin = 8-2
2. Gardner-Webb = 6-4

CAA: Believe it or not, Albany is playing fantastic football and looking to win it's first-ever Colonial football crown. As of today UAlbany, Delaware, Richmond and Villanova are tied for first place in the conference. Right now the tie-breakers are still two numerous for me to care. I am just happy for Albany. The CAA is very much like the MVFC (including the Guins) is that two other teams are hovering at that 4-loss mark, with FBS losses (URI and W&M).
1. Delaware = 8-2
2. Villanova = 8-2
3. UAlbany = 8-3
4. Richmond = 7-3

MVFC: I know we have talked about this relentlessly, but I thght that up again other conferences, there might be a better perspective SDSU clearly has the conference crown an auto-berth to the play-off. Again this is as of today with a Saturday of action remaining.
1. SDSU = 10-0 ... IN
2. South Dakota = 8-2 ... IN
3. NDSU = 7-3 ... NDSU has a daunting task ahead today.  If they defeat UNI, the Panthers are out.

4. UNI = 6-4  ... as mentioned above, the A Panthers are in a must-win situation. If they do win, strong wins vs. NDSU, YSU and UND look nice for the committee.
5. ILS = 6-4 ... A must-win today again North Dakota. However losses at YSU, UNI and Eastern Illinois (EIU likely out of the play-off this year). are huge detractors
6 North Dakota = 6-4 ... UND has a solid resume, but today is a must-win against ILS. Wins at NDSU is trong, but losses to UNI and S Dakota are detractors
7. YSU = 6-4 ... Well plenty of talk here about this already. In short, Solid wins at SIU and ILS are countered by losses at SDSU, UNI and S. Dakota.
8. SIU = 6-4 ... the biggest detractor for SIU is a losing record in the conference. A win today over ISU-blue makes it an even 4-4 & I just don't see any playoff for this team. But a huge win over  MAC (FBS) power Northern Illinois. Combine that with a great performance and OT loss to SDSU Also a big win over UAC champ and play-off selection Austin Peay is such an impressive resume.

NEC: Duquesne University football team travels to Merrimack College today for its final regular season game of the year. The winner of the game will earn the Northeast Conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Division I FCS Championship. With a loss, neither club has 7 d-I wins on the season, so this is a one-bid conference.
1. Duquesne = 6-4
2. Merrimack = 5-5

Patriot: Four teams can earn a share of the 2023 Patriot League football title, but just Lafayette and Holy Cross could claim the League’s automatic bid to the NCAA DI FCS Football Championship. Lafayette can claim at least a share of the League title and its first auto bid since 2013 by defeating Lehigh. Holy Cross would need a victory vs. Georgetown in their regular-season finale and a Leopards’ loss vs. the Mountain Hawks guarantee a return to the playoffs for the fifth straight season. Losses by Lafayette and Holy Cross would allow Georgetown to clinch a share of the Patriot League title for the first time in program history, creating the first tri-champion situation in League history. In that scenario, Colgate could also create the first quad-champion situation in League history by defeating Fordham
1. Lafayette = 8-2
2. Holy Cross = 6-4

Pioneer: Drake clinched a share of the 2023 PFL title last week with its 16-14 victory against Presbyterian and Davidson’s loss at Morehead State. Drake can clinch the PFL Championship outright and claim the league’s AQ spot in the FCS Playoffs with a win this weekend at Butler. Although St. Thomas is also 7-3, they are too new to FCS to qualify for the playoff.
Drake = 7-3
Davidson = 7-3
Butler = 7-3

SoCon: : Not to show me just how old I am, Furman clinched it's first outright SoCon title in 33 years. Other team are deserving of a spot, but I do not see it.Chattanooga has losses to all three other teams in contention.
1. Furman = 9-1 ... IN
2. Chattanooga = 7-3
3. Mercer = 8-3
4. W. Carolina = 7-3

Southland: Nicholls won the Southland Football title. Incarnate Word should make the post-season if they defeat HCU today.
1. Nicholls St.
2 Incarnate Word

I thought that I would begin this thread. Note that I used the words "Constructive" and "Compliments" in the title. Anyone can attack, and I know how angry we all are after yesterday's excuse for a football game. It certainly is difficult to find positive things to say. However, we are fans and this is our team, so let's make some quality replies.

YSU Penguin Athletics / SDSU Game Preview
« on: November 08, 2023, 08:37:31 AM »
Youngstown State vs. South Dakota State
Nov. 11, 2023 | Stambaugh Stadium
Youngstown, Ohio | Noon

Broadcast Information

TV – ESPN+ (Brad Wells, Kelly Burke, Danan Hughes)
Radio Network – 570 AM WKBN (Bob Hannon, Steve Leslie, Ron Potesta, Mike Orto)
Internet Radio –
App Audio - iHeartRadio App

Record: 6-3, 4-2 MVFC
Last Game: at Indiana State (W, 19-7)
Head Coach: Doug Phillips (Fourth Season)
X (Formerly Twitter): @ysufootball

Record: 9-0, 6-0 MVFC
Last Game: vs. North Dakota State (W, 33-16)
Head Coach: Jimmy Rogers (First Season)
X (Formerly Twitter): @GoJacksFB

Series History
All-Time Series: SDSU leads 16-7
In Youngstown: SDSU leads 10-4
Win Streak: SDSU, 4 games
Last Meeting: SDSU 47-16 (2021)

    The No. 22 Youngstown State football team plays its final home game of the regular-season against No. 1 South Dakota State on Saturday afternoon.
Kickoff for the contest at Stambaugh Stadium is set for Noon. The game is available on ESPN+, WKBN 570 AM and iHeartRadio.
    The Penguins (6-3 overall, 4-2 in MVFC) picked up their third consecutive win beating Indiana State 19-7 last Saturday at Memorial Stadium in Terre Haute, Ind. YSU trailed 7-0 before scoring the final 19 points and holding ISU scoreless the final three quarters.
    After falling behind 7-0, QB Mitch Davidson scored on an 18-yard keeper late in the first quarter to tie the ballgame. Neither team could muster points in the second quarter and YSU took a 13-7 lead after three following Andrew Lastovka 35 and 45-yard field goals in the third period. The Penguins added a score on a 37-yard run by QB Beau Brungard for the final margin.
    The defense was solid throughout the game holding the Sycamores to just 191 yards of offense, 47 snaps, a 20:31 time of possession and 0-for-10 on third downs. YSU registered four sacks in the contest and forced two key fourth-quarter turnovers.
    South Dakota State (9-0, 6-0) has won and FCS-best 23 straight games after dominating rival North Dakota State, 33-16 on Saturday in Brookings. The Jackrabbits trailed 9-7 midway through the second quarter before erupting for 23 unanswered points taking a 30-9 lead. After NDU closed within 30-16, the Jacks kicked a field goal in the final minute to seal the win.
    SDSU has scored more than 30 points in seven games this season while holding its opponents to fewer than 16 on seven occasions.
    YSU's last win in the series came back in 2017, a 19-7 victory at Stambaugh Stadium. The Jackrabbits own a 16-7 all-time series lead, including a 47-16 win in Youngstown in November of 2021.
    On Saturday against South Dakota State, Youngstown State will honor the following seniors prior to the contest: Bryce Oliver, Quincy Lenton, Dra Rushton, Alex Howard, Greg Benton Jr., D'Marco Augustin, Chris Fitzgerald, Tyshon King, Mitch Davidson, Gage Salyers, Dylan Wudke, Andres Lehrmann, Marcus Hooker, Alijah Curtis, Mike Morris, Ryan Johnson, Jake Benio, Devin Lee and Haeden Gump.

Offense Putting Up Points
    In their eight games against FCS opponents this season the Penguins have scored at least 31 points in seven of them. In five of those contests, the Guins have registered 40 or more.
    YSU has set a school record with six consecutive 30-plus point contests and tied the school mark for 40-point games in a season with five (2016, 2001 and 1978 are the others).
    The Penguins opened the season by scoring 52 points against Valparaiso before adding 48 against Robert Morris to conclude the non-league season. In five league games, YSU has scored 44 against Missouri State, 41 vs. UNI and Illinois State and 31 each against Southern Illinois and South Dakota.
    In the eight FCS games, YSU is averaging 38.3 points per game. In their six MVFC contests, the Guins are scoring 34.5 points per game.

Passing Numbers Skyrocket
    The Penguins have unleashed their aerial attack the past four contests with 83 receptions for 1,139 yards and 11 scores. Through the first five games of the season, YSU had just four passing touchdowns.
    Against Missouri State, YSU threw for 415 yards, the third most in a game in school history.  Only a 446-yard effort vs. Eastern Kentucky in 1985 and 418 at Western Illinois in 2018 rank higher. It was third time this year the Guins had thrown for more than 300 yards in a game.
    At Indiana State, YSU passed for 254 yards as Mitch Davidson was 25-of-37.

Tough On the Run
    The Penguins are one of just 12 FCS teams allowing fewer than 100 yards rushing per game.
    Through nine games, YSU is allowing just 94.3 yards per game which ranks ninth in the FCS. Seven times this year, the Guins have allowed fewer than 111 yards in a game, highlighted by a season-low six against Southern Illinois.
    On 231 carries against, the Guins have surrendered just 849 yards this season. However, 457 of those yards have come on 12 carries. On the other 219 attempts, YSU has allowed 392 yards (1.78 per rush).

Scoring on the Ground
    Through the first nine games of the season, YSU has scored 24 rushing touchdowns. Last year in 11 games, the Guins had 20 and that was with first-team All-America running back Jaleel Mclaughlin in the backfield.
    First-year TB Tyshon King leads the squad with nine rushing scores. TB Dra Rushton has seven scores while QB Mitch Davidson has added five rushing TDs.
    In total, five Guins have scored a rushing touchdown. In 2022, only four Penguins scored on the ground.

King Penguin Impresses
    Transfer running back Tyshon King has been a strong addition to the program since coming in from Northern Michigan.
    In nine games at YSU, King has rushed for 722 yards on 130 carries and scored a team-high nine touchdowns.
    Four times he has rushed for more than 111 yards, all of which have come at Stambaugh Stadium, including a career-high 148 yards vs. Illinois State.
     On three occasions he has been named the MVFC Newcomer of the Week for his efforts.

Rushton With Career Year
    TB Dra Rushton has had the best stretch of his YSU career last month.
    In the five contests he had 77 carries for 357 yards and four touchdowns. He also had an important receiving touchdown in the win over Illinois State.
    At South Dakota, Rushton rushed for a career-high 116 yards on 16 carries. He ripped off a career-long rush of 33 yards vs. the Coyotes.
    Against Illinois State he had 109 yards on 19 carries. He had a key touchdown reception in the fourth quarter vs. the Redbirds.
    This year he has rushed for 468 yards on 110 carries. Entering this season he had 387 yards on 87 rushing attempts.

Lastovka Making Kicks

    First-year PK Andrew Lastovka has been a major contributor after taking over for three-year starter Colt McFadden this season.
    Lastovka is 11-of-12 on field-goal attempts this season. He made a season-high three field goals against Missouri State before making two of three, including a career-long 45-yarder at Indiana State. He is 35-of-36 on PAT kicks this season as well.
    Against Illinois State, he kicked a 37-yard field goal as time expired in YSU's 41-38 win.
    The walk-off winner vs. Illinois State was almost exactly one year since Colt McFadden made a 42-yard field goal as time expired to beat Western Illinois.

Strong on Special Teams
    The Penguins special teams have performed well through the first seven contests.
    YSU ranks 11th in the nation in net punting at 40.7 yards and is third in the nation with four blocked punts.
    Michael Voitus blocked a Valparaiso punt and Jaylen Castleberry returned it for a touchdown. Against RMU, Daryan Bowling was able to get his hands on a punt. At UNI, Bryce Oliver blocked a punt that was recovered by Deamontae Diggs and set the Guins up at the UNI nine. Against MSU, it was Diggs with a block that set up a field goal just before halftime.

Oliver Closing in on Flea
    WR Bryce Oliver has been a big producer for the Guins since his arrival and he could soon be the program's leader in career touchdown receptions.
    Oliver has 23 touchdown catches and trails only Jim "Flea" Ferranti by just two with three regular-season games to play. 
    Oliver has played in 29 games and has a touchdown reception in 16 contests (four in 2023, seven in 2022 and five in 2021).
    In the last 13 games he has played against MVFC foes dating back to October 2022, he has caught touchdown passes in 10 contests.
    In his YSU career, Oliver has 127 receptions for 1,751 yards and 23 touchdowns.  This season he has 42 catches for 664 yards and five scores.

Charleston Back on Field
    One of the great stories this season has been the return to the lineup of CJ Charleston.
    Charleston missed last year after suffering an Achilles tendon injury in fall camp.
    He has 423 yards on 28 receptions and three touchdowns this year. Entering the season he had 27 catches for 361 yards in his career.
    He had a career-high six catches for 119 yards against RMU in September. He has touchdown receptions against Valparaiso, Illinois State and Missouri State. His 72-yard touchdown reception vs. ISU was a career best.
    The season-opener against Valpo marked his first game since Nov. 20, 2021, which was at Southern Illinois. Since his debut in 2019, has caught 55 passes for 820 yards in 26 games played.

Howard Having Big Year
    LB Alex Howard leads the Penguins with 59 total tackles (32-27) on the year. That total crushes his 2022 season total of 34.
    He's had at least five tackles in all but one game with a high of nine against Valparaiso and Illinois State.
    He has been credited with sacks against Valparaiso, Ohio State and Southern Illinois. Last time out he had six tackles at South Dakota.
    Last year, Howard had 34 total tackles and just 3.5 TFLs playing in 10 games while making three starts.

Davidson First Over 2K in 10
    QB Mitch Davidson is the first YSU quarterback to pass for more than 2,000 yards since Kurt Hess in 2013. This year, Davidson has completed 170-of-241 passes (70.5 percent) for 2,169 yards and 15 touchdowns. He also has five rushing scores this year.
    He's tied the school record with three 300-yard passing games in one season joining Denny Klembara on the short list.
    Davidson threw for 390 yards vs. Missouri State, 332 at UNI and had 303 against Robert Morris. He has four touchdown passes in each of the last two games. In 10 of his 15 career starts, he's thrown for more than 200 yards.
     Davidson had an impressive performance during the 2022 campaign completing 119-of-201 passes for 12 touchdowns and just one interception.
    He has thrown just three interceptions in his last 337 attempts.

Career 300-Yard Passing Games
1. Trenton Lykes (1984-87) - 4
1. Denny Klembara (1968-71) - 4
3. Mitch Davidson (2018-Present) - 3
3. Brandon Summers (2008-09) - 3
3. Ron Jaworski (1969-72) - 3

O-Line Features Strength
    YSU's offensive line features four of five starters from a season ago. That group has a large amount of starting experience with Jaison Williams (36 starts), Aidan Parker (34 starts), David Metzler (27 starts) and Ryan Johnson (24 starts) leading the way. Redshirt freshman Desmeal Leigh has started nine games at left tackle.

Preseason MVFC Accolades
    WR Bryce Oliver, OL Jaison Williams and DE Dylan Wudke were all named preseason first-team All-MVFC selections. DT Chris Fitzgerald and LS Sam Merryman were named to the preseason second team while TB/TE Jake Benio, LB Greg Benton and DB Quincy Lenton were tabbed preseason honorable-mention.

Experience On the D-Line
    The Guins have a wealth of experience on the defensive line as well.
    The defensive line features veterans Dylan Wudke (33 starts), Chris Fitzgerald (30), Anthony Johnson (15), Andres Lehrmann (nine) and Devin Lee (five). Fitzgerald has started 30 straight games while Wudke has started 28.

Numbers of Note

• Turnover Margin: Since 1996, YSU is 156-48 when they win or tie the turnover margin. When committing more turnovers, YSU is just 30-87.
Since 1990 YSU is:
• 177-22-2 when holding opponents to fewer than 21 points in a game.
• 156-23 when rushing for 200-plus yards.
• 180-32 when scoring 28-or-more points.
• 96-14-1 when holding opponents to fewer than 100 yards rushing in a game.
• 209-23 when leading entering the fourth.
• 95-3-2 holding opponents to 10 points-or-less.
• YSU is 21-6 when a back rushes for more than 200 yards in a game.

YSU Penguin Athletics / Penguins Fall to Louisiana, 72-62
« on: November 07, 2023, 08:18:04 AM »
Lafayette, La. – Senior Brandon Rush scored a team-high 14 points and graduate student DJ Burns posted a double-double, but the Youngstown State men's basketball team dropped a 72-62 decision to Louisiana on Monday night at the Cajundome.

The Penguins fall to 0-1 on the year while Louisiana improves to 1-0.

Burns, who recorded his first double-double with Youngstown State, scored 13 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. Rush grabbed eight boards and senior Bryson Langdon added 11 points.

The Penguins built a 20-8 lead keyed by a 3-pointer by Burns and another 3-pointer by Rush at the 8:53 mark of the first half.

The Ragin Cajuns would score the next 11 points to cut the YSU lead down to one, 20-19, and then took a 25-24 lead at the 3:24 mark.

A basket and two free throws by Rush put Youngstown State back up three, 28-25, with 1:55 left before halftime, but Louisiana used a 10-3 run to close out the half with a 35-31 advantage at the intermission.

The Penguins began the second half strong by scoring eight of the first 10 points to take a 39-37 lead with 15:28 to go. Langdon hit a pair of shots to start the rally, and Burns made two layups to tie the game and regain the lead.

Louisiana used a 10-0 run to take an eight-point lead, 47-39, and extended its lead to 10, 51-41, at the 10:38 mark.

Two free throws and a driving layup by Ziggy Reid and a dunk by Gabe Dynes brought the Penguins back within four, 51-47, with just under nine minutes left.

After the Ragin' Cajuns extended the lead back to eight, the Penguins, who went 0-for-10 from 3-point range in the second half, would never get closer than five points.

Youngstown State visits Michigan, Friday, Nov. 10. Tipoff is set for 6:30 p.m. in Ann Arbor, Mich. The game will be broadcast on 570 WKBN and the Big Ten Network.

YSU Penguin Athletics / Mitch Davidson MVFC Offensive Player of the Week
« on: October 30, 2023, 01:22:05 PM »
This week's Missouri Valley Football Conference players of the week include QB Mitch Davidson of Youngstown State; LB Logan Kopp of North Dakota State; P/PK Hunter Dustman of South Dakota State; and PK C.J. Elrichs of North Dakota.
Offensive Player of the Week
QB Mitch Davidson, Youngstown State

6-4, 220, Senior, Salem, Ohio (Salem HS)
Davidson passed for a career-high 390 yards while tying a career best with four touchdown passes as the Penguins defeated Missouri State 44-28 on Saturday at Stambaugh Stadium. Davidson completed 26-of-33 passes and connected with three different players for scores. He had touchdown passes of 51, 20, 10 and two yards in the victory. His previous high was 332 which came earlier this year at UNI. That total ranks third in school history for single-game passing yardage. He has 11 touchdown passes in the last three games.

The Youngstown State bowling team went 3-0 to climb from fourth place to the championship on Sunday at the Destination Orlando: Sunshine State Classic tournament at AMF Sky Lanes.

The Penguins captured their third tournament title in program history and their first since 2019. YSU took down No. 1 Vanderbilt, No. 5 Stephen F. Austin and No. 7 Jacksonville State on Sunday in the best-of-seven bracket to claim the championship.

"I'm really proud of the ladies because it was a total team effort," said YSU head coach Doug Kuberski. "They did a heck of a job staying together throughout the tournament and staying focused on the process. And in big moments, they were cool and calm. Today, we felt as one. We're going to enjoy the victory, rest up tomorrow, and get back after it on Tuesday with our focus on continuing to strengthen our process and togetherness."

Youngstown State had the second-highest Baker pinfall on Friday, and it had to grind through some low scores during the middle matches of traditional on Saturday to remain in the top four and have a chance at a title run. The Penguins averaged 207.81 to beat Vanderbilt and SFA 4-2 and sweep Jax State 4-0 in the championship match. Vanderbilt was the third seed in the bracket, SFA held the top seed, and Jacksonville State was the second seed.

Jade Cote was named the Most Valuable Player of the tournament, serving as the Penguins' anchor for most of the weekend.

YSU dropped the opening game against the Commodores and the Ladyjacks, and the Guins trailed SFA 2-1 before rallying. Youngstown State had a big 194-193 win in game four against Vandy to take a 3-1 lead in the match, and YSU had victories of 236-233 and 213-205 over Stephen F. Austin.

Youngstown State began the championship match with a statement by bowling a 254 in the opening game, and a 213-203 win followed to give the Penguins a 2-0 lead. YSU then took game three 236-175, and Guins threw the final five strikes in game four. Madison Doseck and Kirsten Moore started the string with strikes in the eighth and ninth, and Cote tripped the 8-pin on her first ball to extend it. She then punctuated the tournament title with two more strikes to give YSU a 211-182 win in game four.

Youngstown State was the runner-up at its season-opening, giving the Penguins a pair of top-two finishes to start the 2023-234 season. YSU's next tournament will be at the SFA Ladyjack Classic in two weeks.

YSU Penguin Athletics / GAMEDAY SCHEDULE: Penguins vs. Salukis
« on: October 06, 2023, 07:41:33 AM »
The Youngstown State football team plays their first MVFC home game against Southern Illinois at Stambaugh Stadium on Saturday evening. Kickoff for the contest is set for 6 p.m.

Tailgating festivities are set to begin at Noon in the M-70, M-72 and M-81 Tailgate Lots. Beer will be on sale in all tailgate lots at that time. Parking will be available in various surface lots around the Stadium and in the M-30 Deck.

Accessibility parking in the M-60 Lot located south of the stadium will be available starting at 4:30 p.m. YSU Parking Services will offer golf-cart shuttle service to near the South concourse elevator.

This season, YSU will be doing a hybrid of acceptable tickets for entry. Mobile and printed tickets will both be accepted, however mobile tickets are highly encouraged.

The YSU Bookstore, which is open from Noon to 6 p.m., will also be selling merchandise at the game on the West Stands Concourse. They will be accepting credit cards for purchases.

Throughout the game members of the softball team will be selling 50/50 Raffle Tickets. The 50/50 raffle is also available online. The YSU women's golf team will be selling game programs throughout the stadium.

As always, YSU students are admitted free with a valid student ID. Tickets on gameday are $22 for reserved seats, but only $20 in advance. The YSU Athletic Ticket Office is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. prior to the day of the contest. On Thursday, the Ticket Office opens at 9 a.m.

For those individuals who cannot make Saturday's game can follow the game via LIVE STATS | LIVE VIDEO | LIVE AUDIO. Fans need a subscription to ESPN+ to watch the contest.

Saturday's Schedule

    9 a.m. - Athletic Ticket Office opens
    Noon - Tailgate Lots open
    Noon - YSU Bookstore opens
    3 p.m. – Football Alumni Tailgate (M-72 Lot)
    3:30 p.m. - YSU Team Walk (M-70 Lot)
    4:30 p.m. – Stambaugh Stadium Gates open
    4:30 p.m. - YSU Alumni Terrace Luncheon
    5:00 p.m. - YSU Icebreakers Band Show (adjacent to Rec Center)
    5:00 p.m. - Mosure Hall Opens
    6:00 p.m.- All Tailgating Lots close
    6:02 p.m. - YSU vs. Southern Illinois

    Halftime: YSU Marching Pride, Columbiana High School band
    In-Game Recognition's: 2023 YSU Men's and Women's Outdoor Track and Field Champions, 2023 YSU Men's Basketball regular-season champions, YSU Family of the Year

Post-game: Bryant Heating & Cooling 5th Quarter Radio Show on AM 570 WKBN

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