YSU NOTES FROM East Lansing, MICH.
Injury report: Youngstown State junior nickelback Jamarious Boatwright may have suffered a season-ending knee injury during Saturday’s loss to Michigan State. Early indications are he tore his ACL for the second time in three years, YSU coach Eric Wolford said. “We’ll have to get another nickel in there and start training some other guys,” Wolford. “It’s unfortunate.” Senior RB Adaris Bellamy (ankle) missed his second straight game after rushing for more than 200 yards in the opening win against Dayton. “He hasn’t been able to put together a week of practice yet,” Wolford said. “You can’t play if you can’t practice.” Sophomore RB Demond Hymes (ankle) and CB Dale Peterman (knee) also did not play.
Money matters: YSU’s $650,000 payday matched its biggest since it began playing money games in 2005. The Penguins also took home $650,000 in 2007 and 2008 against Ohio State. It’s the second-biggest payout among Big Ten teams to FCS schools this season, trailing only the $900,000 the Buckeyes are paying Florida A&M. Payouts for the other eight Big Ten/FCS games range from $350,000 to $500,000. With Big Ten teams feeling pressure to stop scheduling FCS schools, next year’s game at Illinois may be YSU’s last against the conference. The Penguins are 0-6 against the Big Ten, including 0-2 against MSU.
Plane prank: A Michigan fan apparently paid a skywriter to write “Go Blue” above Spartan Stadium 90 minutes before Saturday’s kickoff. The joke was nearly on the Wolverines, though, as they barely held off FBS doormat Akron. In fact, the biggest cheer of the day may have come when MSU announced on its videoboard Akron was leading late in the fourth quarter.
This and that: YSU punter Nick Liste (Niles) had a terrific game, averaging 50.9 yards per kick on his attempts. He also had two touchbacks in four attempts. ... Junior CB Julius Childs had a career-high 11 tackles to lead both teams. ... B.J. Welch and Kintrell Disher both forced fumbles for YSU and Eric Thompson recovered a fumble. ... YSU fell to 20-26-1 against FCS schools.