YSU can’t hold on at South Dakota State


The Youngstown State football team overcame a nine-point fourth-quarter deficit to grab a 17-16 lead, but a South Dakota State field goal with 31 seconds remaining was the difference in a 19-17 Penguins defeat on a sunny Saturday.


YSU (0-4) hung around after falling behind 10-0 in the first 8:56 of the contest and ultimately took a fourth-quarter lead with 6:17 remaining.


Two plays following the score, QB Mark Waid was intercepted by Malik Lofton and the Jackrabbits took over at their own 41-yard line. The drive stalled at the YSU 35 and Cole Frahm came on to boot a 52-yard field goal extending the lead to 10-0.


However, the Penguins answered with their first touchdown of the contest quickly. TB Jaleel McLaughlin raced 42 yards for a touchdown and the Penguins trimmed the deficit to 10-7 with 4:03 left in the first quarter.


Neither team could find much offense following that point and the Penguins trailed 10-7 at halftime.


For the game, McLaughlin rushed for 122 yards on 26 carries and had two touchdowns. Waid carreid 11 times for 41 yards and completed 7-of-13 passes for 55 yards. Pierre Strong led the way offensively for the Jackrabbits with 124 yards on 21 rushes. Gronowski completed 12-of-28 passes for 158 yards and a touchdown. Grant Dixon led YSU with a game-high 10 tackles while Jones added nine.


SDSU had a 300-251 advantage in total offensive yardage while YSU outrushed the Jackrabbits 196-142. SDSU passed for 158 yards with 54 coming on two completions on its final drive of the game.


The Penguins return home next Saturday to play host to South Dakota. Kickoff at Stambaugh Stadium is set for Noon.