YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – Fighting off a handful of turnovers and a couple of quarterback-injuries, Youngstown State pulled out a last-second win Saturday, edging Northern Iowa, 14-10, at Stambaugh Stadium.
Martin Ruiz scored the go ahead 1-yard TD run with just 28 seconds remaining to lift the no. 12 Penguins to 5-1, 3-0 Missouri Valley Football Conference. YSU scored all of its points in the fourth quarter.
As a result of three Penguins turnovers, Northern Iowa took a 10-0 lead after a painful first half for YSU.
In the second quarter, starting quarterback Ricky Davis lost a fumble, which set up a 27-yard field goal by UNI’s Austin Errthum. On the Penguins’ next possession, Davis then threw an interception that was returned 34 yards for a touchdown by Duncan Ferch.
Trent Hosick replaced the injured Davis following the consecutive turnovers. However, he quickly suffered an injury, threw an interception and exited the contest. Nathan Mays then came on as the third YSU quarterback of the first half.
Still trailing by 10 entering the fourth, the Penguins capped a 22-play, 86-yard drive of 11 minutes, 40 seconds with a 1-yard TD run by Tevin McCaster to cut UNI’s lead to 10-7. That set the stage for the eventual game-winning drive of 10 plays and 53 yards.
Of YSU’s 254 total yards, 226 came on the ground. Ruiz led with 100 yards on 23 carries and Jody Webb had 57 yards on 15 carries.
The Penguins’ three quarterback threw a combined three interceptions. Mays finished 3 for 6 for 25 passing yards, Hosick 0 for 1 and Davis 2 for 7 for four passing yards.
YSU’s defense held UNI to just 173 total yards, no offensive touchdowns and notched five sacks.