Ruiz’s huge game guides YSU past Robert Morris

The senior running back ran for 165 yards and scored three TDs in a contest that was delayed for more than an hour

Youngstown State running back Tevin McCaster (37) is tackled by West Virginia safety Jarrod Harper (22) during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016, in Morgantown, W.Va. (AP Photo/Raymond Thompson)
Youngstown State running back Tevin McCaster (37) is tackled by West Virginia safety Jarrod Harper (22) during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Sept. 10, 2016, in Morgantown, W.Va. (AP Photo/Raymond Thompson)

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – About the only thing that slowed down Martin Ruiz on Saturday was Mother Nature.

In a contest that was delayed for more than an hour due to severe weather, Youngstown State routed Robert Morris, 38-6, at Stambaugh Stadium as senior running back Ruiz scored three touchdowns and racked up 186 total yards.

YSU — which is idle next week and returns to action on Oct. 1 against South Dakota — improved to 2-1, while Robert Morris dropped to 0-3.

The Penguins took a 14-0 lead in the first quarter before the game was delayed by lightning for a total of one hour and six minutes. Martin Ruiz scored the first two touchdowns — one on a 21-yard pass from quarterback Trent Hosick and the second on a 14-yard run. They then led 17-0 at halftime thanks to a Zak Kennedy 37-yard field goal.

In the second half, Kevin Radar caught a 27-yard TD pass from Hosick, while Ruiz — who finished with 165 rushing yards on 16 carries — added an 80-yard touchdown rush. Hosick started in place of first-string QB Ricky Davis (out with a concussion) and completed 6 of 12 passes for 112 yards, two TDs and one interception.

YSU notched 431 total yards, while Robert Morris totaled just 103. Running back Tevin McCaster capped the Penguins’ scoring with a 19-yard TD run in the fourth quarter.

The victory followed a 38-21 YSU loss at West Virginia a week ago.

Comments are closed.