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WRITER: Joe Simon

Penguins upbeat despite two straight losses

YOUNGSTOWN — The Youngstown State football team didn’t sound like a group down in the dumps a few days after dropping its second straight conference game. The 18th-ranked Penguins are mad, confident and feel they’re a few plays away from being 6-0. Instead, YSU is 4-2 and 0-2 in the always-tough Missouri Valley Football Conference after two gut-wrenching losses to teams ranked in the top 15 in the ...

Second-half stunner

YOUNGSTOWN — Usually angry and volatile following games, Youngstown State coach Bo Pelini walked into the postgame press conference calm and collected. Pelini was undoubtedly upset, but he kept his composure under pressure. If only his team had done the same thing. The No. 17-ranked Penguins unraveled in the second half of a Missouri Valley Football Conference showdown with third-ranked South Dakota ...

Scouting Report: Week 6

The biggest test of the season didn’t go as planned for the Youngstown State football team. An even bigger one awaits YSU in the second week of conference play. The 17th-ranked Penguins need to rebound quickly from their first loss of the season. YSU (4-1, 0-1 Missouri Valley Football Conference) welcomes No. 3 South Dakota State (4-1, 1-0) to Stambaugh Stadium in one of the biggest games in the country ...

Penguins focus on getting details right

YOUNGSTOWN — The little things will go a long way for the Youngstown State football team. That was the message from the players as well as coach Bo Pelini following a conference-opening loss to Northern Iowa over the weekend. After cruising through the non-league portion of the schedule, some weaknesses surfaced for the 17th-ranked Penguins (4-1, 0-1 Missouri Valley Football Conference), who struggled to ...

Some good, some bad after Penguins loss at Northern Iowa

AS great as the Youngstown State football team looked through four games, there were reasons to hesitate before lauding them a playoff team. A somewhat soft non-conference schedule allowed for a mostly dominant start — with YSU winning its first four games by 20 points or more. Then came the Missouri Valley Football Conference opener Saturday, and the team that had been pushing teams around finally felt ...

Mooney uses familiar formula in win

YOUNGSTOWN — Teams that play Cardinal Mooney High School in football generally know what’s coming from the Cardinals. Mooney’s game plan is to run the football, and then run the football some more. That’s the way it has been for decades, and teams all across Ohio know it. That doesn’t make it any easier to stop. The Cardinals ran for 321 yards on 49 carries and picked up a much-needed win against ...

Scouting Report: Week 5

In the words of Youngstown State football coach Bo Pelini, “The preseason is over.” The unbeaten Penguins begin Missouri Valley Football Conference play with arguably their biggest test to date: a top-25 matchup with Northern Iowa. The 17th-ranked Penguins have been mostly dominant in their first four games, winning each by at least 20 points, but facing No. 13 UNI (2-2) on the road is a different ...

YSU hopes prep equals success at N. Iowa

YOUNGSTOWN — It would seem obvious that the Youngstown State football team is confident heading into its Missouri Valley Football Conference opener. The Penguins are 4-0 and have won every game by at least 20 points. They are now ranked as high as No. 17 in the country, and the balance between a powerful offense and a opportunistic defense has worked beautifully through four games. Yet, that’s not what ...

Pelini is pleased

YOUNGSTOWN — Even Bo Pelini couldn’t be mad after this game. The fiery coach of the Youngstown State football team even cracked a joke about the Penguins’ lone penalty of the game. YSU looked good enough during a 45-10 victory over Robert Morris that even the testy Pelini could relax and enjoy himself. “Overall, I thought it was a pretty good performance,” said Pelini, who earlier in the week ...

Scouting Report: Week 4

The team that appeared to be the easiest one on Youngstown State’s schedule last year wound up shocking the Penguins at home. Fans will see if YSU learned from that loss on Saturday. Looking for their first 4-0 start since 2012, the 20th-ranked Penguins host Robert Morris (1-3) at 6 p.m., Saturday. While the Colonials are viewed as a lower-tier FCS program, so was Butler last year, when the Bulldogs ...