Slow start dooms YSU in loss at South Dakota State

SDSU led 14-0 by the 11:12 mark of the first quarter

BROOKINGS, S.D. (WYTV) – Youngstown State gave up two touchdowns within the first five minutes on Saturday at South Dakota State and could never catch up, falling to the Jackrabbits, 24-10, at Dana J. Dykhouse Stadium.

No. 12 YSU  dropped to 5-2, 3-1 Missouri Valley Football Conference, while no. 7 SDSU improved to 5-2, 4-0.

The Jackrabbits received the opening kick and went 75 yards on five plays with Brady Mengarelli scoring on a 2-yard rushing TD — the first rushing-touchdown YSU surrendered all year.

Just over a minute later — after Penguins QB Ricky Davis tossed an interception — Connor Landberg caught a 4-yard TD pass from Taryn Christion as SDSU led 14-0 at the 11:12 mark of the first quarter.

Zak Kennedy nailed a 28-yard field goal for YSU in the first half, while he missed a 43-yarder as well. Chase Vinatieri made a 20-yard field goal for the Jackrabbits just before half for a 17-3 lead.

YSU’s lone touchdown came late in the fourth quarter on a Tevin McCaster 2-yard run.

SDSU outgained the Penguins in total yards, 356 to 311. Davis finished 9 of 16 through the air for 115 yards, as YSU was sacked six times.

Next, YSU hosts Indiana State next Saturday at 4 p.m.