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YSU football schedule features 7 home games

Published: Wed, January 29, 2014 @ 12:00 a.m.

Staff report


For the second straight season, the Youngstown State football team will play seven games at Stambaugh Stadium.

After the opener at Illinois on Aug. 30, YSU will play three home games against Duquesne (Sept. 6), Butler (Sept. 13) and Saint Francis (Sept. 20).

The other home games will be against Western Illinois (Oct. 11), Southern Illinois (Oct. 18), South Dakota (Nov. 1) and Indiana State (Nov. 15).

The Penuins play conference road games at Missouri State, South Dakota State, Illinois State and North Dakota State.

The contest against the Illini marks the seventh time in nine seasons the Penguins will play an opponent from the Big Ten Conference. The Penguins’ visit to Memorial Stadium will mark a return visit for YSU Head Coach Eric Wolford and assistant coach Tom Sims.

Wolford and Sims were assistants with the program in 2007-08.

The Penguins will play Duquesne at home for the second straight season. YSU defeated the Dukes 59-17 last season. The victory was a springboard for a six-game winning streak.

Butler, which won the Pioneer Football League and made its first FCS playoff appearance, returns to Youngstown for the second time. The Bulldogs visited Stambaugh Stadium in 2010.,

In 2013, the Bulldogs won seven of their last nine contests and finished 9-4.

YSU has won all five games in their series against St. Francis. The Red Flash were 5-6 in 2013 and 3-3 in Northeast Conference play.

Because of a schedule quirk, Western Illinois will visit YSU in consecutive years for the first time. YSU won 24-14 at Stambaugh Stadium last October and has won nine of the last 10 contests against the Leathernecks to take an 18-11 series lead.

Season tickets are available by calling the YSU Athletic Ticket Office at (330) 941-1978.


1papa1(711 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

the beginning of their schedule will not get them ready for the mvc.

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2Notorious_Pig(117 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

As long as Wolford is at the helm, I refuse to get excited about YSU Football.

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3walter_sobchak(2713 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

I count 12 games. But, I don't have high hopes for the 'guins next season. This should have been the year with the returners they had on the tea.But, true to form, they go 0-for-November.

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4GoPens(397 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

No Northern Iowa? Well there's a game off the schedule they usually lose.

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5usaebxs8(19 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

Why all of the negativity? YSU lost to the best 3 teams in the conference. Only one of the losses was bad it was when they packed it in against SDSU.(Too many Fla kids? The weather was terrible) They were disrespected and deserved the playoffs. The committee took a 6-5 Sam Houston State team over YSU-total BS. They should have been in with 8 division 1 wins and a loss to the B1G/ Rose Bowl champion. Total bullpuckey they weren't taken

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