YSU rolls up 610 yards in rout of Duquesne


— The Youngstown State football team crushed Duquesne 45-10 in the season opener for both teams Thursday night at Stambaugh Stadium.

The Penguins rolled up 610 yards, including 384 on the ground, in dismantling the Dukes. Duquesne made the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs last season, but couldn't stop YSU.

Three Penguins running backs ran for at least 89 yards. Senior Jody Webb ran for 96 yards on seven carries and became the 19th player in school history to run for at least 2,000 yards in a career. Sophomore Tevin McCaster led the Penguins with 107 yards rushing on just seven attempts while Martin Ruiz had 89 yards on 11 carries.

Junior quarterback Ricky Davis was 12 pf 16 for 187 yards and three touchdowns in his first college start. Davis also ran for 74 yards

Junior Darien Townsend was a favorite target of Davis catching three passes for 91 yards, including the first two touchdown catches of his career.

Read more about the game on Vindy.com and in Friday's Vindicator sports section from YSU beat reporter Charles Grove.

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