Missouri State beats Penguins
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Minus injured quarterback Mark Waid, the Youngstown State football team lost their final away game of the COVID-19 caused spring season, 21-10, at Missouri State on Saturday.
The Penguins (1-6, 1-6 Missouri Valley Football Conference) opened and closed the game’s scoring.
Colton McFadden’s 38-yard field goal with 8:21 remaining in the second quarter put YSU ahead. The Bears (5-4, 5-1) then took the lead for good with a 15-play, 85-yard drive that covered 6 1/2 minutes.
Missouri State took control in the third when Jaden Johnson connected on scoring passes of 8 and 31 yards to Damoriea Vick for a 21-3 advantage.
The Penguins closed the game’s scoring when Joe Craycraft threw a 6-yard touchdown pass to Liberty High School product Dra Rusthon with 8:40 left.
Craycraft, who started at quarterback in place of Waid, threw for 100 yards, and Jaleel McLaughlin ran for 100 yards on 20 carries for Youngstown State. It was his fifth straight 100-yard game.
The victory gave the 15th-ranked Bears a 5-1 spring record. They now wait to see if they earned their way into the 16-team playoff.
First-year coach Bobby Petrino inherited team that went 1-10 in 2019 and 21 losing seasons since the Idaho Vandals beat the Bears in the 1990 playoffs. Petrino was the head offensive coach for that Vandals team.