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WRITER: Joel Whetzel

Penguins overcome slow start, throttle SF Brooklyn 70-41

YOUNGSTOWN — After two games of poor shooting, Youngstown State had a breakthrough. The Penguins shot an impressive 13-for-28 from 3-point range and three players finished in double figures as YSU pulverized St. Francis Brooklyn in a much-needed get-right game, 70-41. The win ends a three-game losing skid. “It was definitely like the light at the end of the tunnel,” said guard Megan Callahan. “I ...

YSU's Davidson looks to continue growth at QB

YOUNGSTOWN — It was an opportunity Mitch Davidson says he dreamed of as a child. With Youngstown State at a crossroads at its quarterback position four games into the season, the Penguins made a change, opting to insert Davidson into the starting lineup in place of Demeatric Crenshaw. “I just wanted a chance. (I’m) just a kid from Youngstown, and this is everything I ever wanted,” Davidson said. ...

End of year thoughts on YSU football

YOUNGSTOWN — There’s no doubt Youngstown State’s season reached a disappointing conclusion when the Penguins were left out of the FCS postseason. But make no mistake — the 2022 campaign was a much, much needed step forward for the program under Doug Phillips. After winning a combined four games in the 2021 seasons — the spring COVID-19 season and then the regular Fall 2021 season — the Penguins ...

Youngstown State misses FCS playoff cut

YOUNGSTOWN — Youngstown State’s season will not continue, as the Penguins were left out of this year’s FCS playoff bracket after finishing the season at 7-4 overall and 5-3 in the Missouri Valley. The Penguins were considered a bubble team during the final weeks of the regular season and had won five of their final six games, but two narrow losses in particular proved to be too much for YSU to overcome. ...

Youngstown State rallies past Southern Illinois, 28-21

YOUNGSTOWN — In a season full of late-game comebacks, Youngstown State had one more to give. Trailing by 14 in the fourth quarter, the Penguins rallied to top Southern Illinois, 28-21, Saturday at Stambaugh Stadium on Senior Day. The win keeps YSU’s FCS playoff hopes alive. “We did what we needed to do to get to seven wins,” said YSU coach Doug Phillips. “Seven wins in the Missouri Valley has proven ...

Will YSU make the playoffs?: An assesment of the Penguins’ resume

YOUNGSTOWN — Count Doug Phillips among those who believes Youngstown State has done enough to earn a playoff bid. “We’re playing in the toughest FCS in the country, and we won our last five out of six games,” YSU’s head coach said. “It doesn’t matter how you win — we found a way to win the last five out of six games. We have the best running back in the country and in FCS history.” But, ...

Poor shooting sinks Youngstown State at Akron, 61-44

AKRON — After a first quarter of dominance for Youngstown State, the wheels came off the wagon. In a game it led by 16 after the first quarter, YSU suffered its second loss of the season, a 61-44 decision at Akron on Friday night. The Penguins (1-2) shot just 19-of-61 from the field, and 1-for-20 from 3-point range. “We have good shooters, but (shots) just aren’t falling right now,” said YSU coach ...

YSU Scouting Report: Southern Illinois

YOUNGSTOWN — It’s not exactly “win and you’re in” for Youngstown State. In fact, it’s more along the lines of “win just to keep any hope.” Indeed, following a deflating 25-22 loss to Missouri State last week, the Penguins find themselves on the wrong end of the FCS playoff bubble. If YSU is to even stay in the conversation at this point, it’s going to need a win in its regular season ...

Finding his fit: Adrian Nelson learning his role with Penguins

YOUNGSTOWN — Adrian Nelson was in search of a new opportunity. After a successful four-year stint at Horizon League foe Northern Kentucky, Nelson hit the transfer portal in hopes of a chance to “expand” his game using his COVID year. Enter Youngstown State, which had initially recruited Nelson out of high school and was eager to reconnect with the forward. The Penguins were tasked with replacing ...

Penguins fall to Penn State, 77-63

On a night Youngstown State was mostly able to hold serve with a Big Ten opponent, turnovers proved to be the Penguins’ undoing. YSU committed 26 giveaways, sinking an upset bid of Penn State in a 77-63 loss that was closer than the score indicates. “They were really long, athletic, fast, quick and forced us into a bunch of turnovers,” said YSU coach John Barnes. “We shot 50 percent from the field ...