Western Illinois is too much in the end as YSU falls on the road again


The Youngstown State football team built an 11-point second-half lead, but Western Illinois rallied to score the final 14 points for a 27-24 win over the Penguins on Saturday night at Hanson Field.


YSU (1-5) committed three turnovers and allowed WIU (1-5) to return a punt and kickoff for a touchdown in the tough defeat.


The Penguins had one final possession, but Waid was intercepted with 1:41 remaining. Waid completed 20-of-28 passes for 186 yards. McLaughlin finished with 122 yards rushing. Coates became the school's all-time leader in punt return yards gaining 30 yards on three punt returns. Sampson was 21-of-34 for 301 yards and two touchdowns for the Leathernecks.


Defensively, Keyon Martin had a career-high nine tackles, including seven solo stops to pace YSU. 


YSU is scheduled to play its final road game of the spring next Saturday at Missouri State. Kickoff for the contest is set for 3 p.m. Eastern time.


Story by - Austin Malutic