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.