Youngstown State went into Pittsburgh and left with one of the biggest victories in the football program’s history on Saturday night.
The nation has taken notice. The Penguins moved up to sixth in the The Sports Network Top 25 and 10th in the Coaches Poll after their 31-17 win over the Panthers. YSU received seven first-place votes, the third most of any team in the country. Three Missouri Valley Football Conference schools are in the top eight. YSU moved up from 18th to 10th in the Coaches Poll.
Both complete polls can be found on Page B2.
Several YSU football players received mention by various Football Championship Subdvision website services for their performances against the Panthers.
YSU redshirt freshman wide receiver Andre Stubbs continued to haul in recognition on Monday for his performance, sharing The Sports Network’s honor as National Freshman of the Week with UNI quarterback Sawyer Kollmorgen.
Besides being named the Missouri Valley Football Conference’s Offensive Player of the Week, Stubbs was named one of five National All-Stars by The College Sporting News and tabbed the National Offensive Player of the Week/MVFC Offensive Player of the Week by College Sports Madness.
Cornerback Dale Peterman, who was seeing the first YSU action of his career and first game action since the fall of 2010, was named the MVFC Defensive Player of the Week by College Sports Madness. After film review, the former Ursuline High School standout had 10 tackles and forced a key first-quarter fumble when he knocked the ball free from Pittsburgh’s Ray Graham. YSU took advantage of the turnover, marching 79 yards for the first score of the game. The Penguins never trailed in the game.
Senior tight end Will Shaw was named the National Tight End of the Week by the College Football Performance Awards website. Junior quarterback Kurt Hess was an honorable-mention pick for the same outlet for the top performance by an FCS quarterback.
The Penguins (1-0) play their home opener Saturday against Valparaiso. Kickoff at Stambaugh Stadium is set for 4 p.m. Tickets are available by calling 330-941-1978.