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Archive for September, 2006

Gateway Begins! Youngstown St. @ Missouri St.

Posted by yngair on September 27, 2006

ysu_msu.jpgYour #8 Youngstown State Penguins travel to the friendly confines of the Plaster Sports Complex on the campus of Missouri State University in Springfield, MO. The Plaster Sports Complex seats about 17,000 in a double decker affair on their larger side. It is in my opinion the 2nd best stadium in the Gateway to Stambaugh. So if they can get a nice crowd, the noise factor really won’t be at all difficult for the Penguins.

Missouri State is coming in 1-3, and is coming with a 20-17 loss to Sam Houston St. last week in Sprinfield, MO. They have not played good at all on offense. They are averaging 21.5 points per game, but 45 of their points came against SW Baptist. There numbers in I-AA are very unimpressive, they are averaging just 15.5 vs. I-AA teams. That will not cut it, although they have given up just 36 points in their two (0-2) I-AA games this year.

Many MSU fans have said that their run defense is their strength, well I doubt it is as strong as UC-Davis’s impressive run defense, which YSU did run on, for 200 yards.

YSU will be able to run in this game and they will establish the run and run all day long. They will open up their attack with a pass here and there, and Irizarry / Peterson will have great games.

The defense showed a lot of promise last week, although they gave up 38 points. They will need to cut down on their mistakes in the Gateway, and it begins this week. MSU will have trouble running on us, so they will be forced to pass. The secondary needs to come up big and play their best game of the season. Remember: Every game this season they’ve given up at least 21 in a game. That MUST end in the Gateway.

I personally do not see this game being very competitive, but don’t underestimate any Gateway Opponent this year. They have a bright kicker in Nathan Stokes (11 for 11 XP and 3 for 4 FG), so if it came down to the kicker battle, we should be right on par with this kid, Palmer is having another good year, as is Joe Bisop. I predict YSU win this one 42-14.

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YSU rolls 38-24 over the UC-Davis Aggies!

Posted by yngair on September 24, 2006

Well 16,115 showed up, at least that is what the box score says, to see your Youngstown State Penguins roll to a 38-24 victory over the #16 UC-Davis Aggies.

The Penguins were one of the few teams over the last few years to actually run on the UC-Davis defense. The Penguins combined for 198 on 40 carries, 4.95 yards per play. We rushed for 3 touchdowns, one by Mason, one by Zetts, and one by Gibson.

Tom Zetts also looked very good passing the ball in this game. Early on he threaded the needle to make some huge passes, including a 48 yard touchdown pass to Deke Ison to make it 7-0. Louis Irizarry also got into the action catching 3 great balls for 54 yards. He had a 4th ball caught which could’ve gone for a touchdown, but he just flat out dropped the ball in the 3rd quarter. He still has yet to be stopped, and is going to be more utilized as the season goes on. I also see him on the sidelines trying to get the fans up on their feet to make some noise. He wants to win as bad as we do and wants to pack this place, something that I think we should do over these last 3 home games.

The defense gave up 24 points and gave up too many big plays to keep UC-Davis in this game, but they also made 3 HUGE plays to take UC-Davis out of the game. I can recall 2-3 times when UC-Davis had 3rd and very long, 15+ yards to go, and they run or pass for a first down. They cannot do that in Gateway play, because it will cost them. Forget that, lets look at those 3 big plays that took UC-Davis out of the game. 3 huge interceptions in the 2nd half hurt UC-Davis big time, including a 78 interception return for a TD by Jason Perry.

A nice win vs. a ranked team and our home winning streak reaches 10. Gateway action begins this week at Missouri St. We will cover that and how our opponents did this week on the blog.

THANKS And Go Penguins.

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