Penguins travel to No. 13 UNI

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The Youngstown State football team will try to recover from a very severe setback when the penguins attend UNI 13 on Saturday. The kick-off in the UNI Dome is scheduled for 5 p.m. Eastern / 4 p.m. Central Time. The game is available live on WBCB-TV, ESPN +, WKBN 570 AM and iHeartRadio.
The Penguins (1-2, 0-1 MVFC) built a 35-7 first-half lead against Western Illinois last Saturday. However, the Leathernecks ended the game with 31 unanswered points, including a game-winning 20-yard field goal from Mason Laramie with two seconds remaining.
The competition got off to a great start for YSU. After each team scored a goal on first possession, the Penguins scored the next 28 points to build their 35-7 lead. Demeatric Crenshaw had 11 and 5 yard scoring runs to give the Guins a 21-7 advantage. Jaleel McLaughlin, who scored the game’s first TD, added runs of 10 and 35 yards to increase the lead to 35-7 towards the end of the second quarter.
WIU scored a touchdown in the last seconds of the first half and maintained the momentum into the third quarter. Western scored 21 points in the third frame and tied the game at 35. Late in the fourth, YSU was stopped on a 4th-and-1 from its 36-yard line at 1:49 left. The Leathernecks moved the ball to the YSU two-yard line and Laramie kicked a chip-shot field goal to give the Leathernecks a record MVFC win.
UNI (2-1, 0-0) was absent last Saturday but enters the competition with a two-game winning streak after losing just six points in the state of Iowa. The Panthers own victories over St. Thomas (Minn.) And Sacramento State. QB Theo Day has taken the offensive while the Panthers Defense have scored more than 16 points in one game this year.
YSU dropped a 21-0 decision to UNI at Stambaugh Stadium in February. The Guins were just 6-0 down in the fourth quarter, but the Panthers scored two touchdowns late to victory.
Thanks to the recent dominance in the UNI Dome, UNI has built a 23-9 lead in the all-time series. YSU has lost nine consecutive competitions at Cedar Falls dating back to 1999. The last four competitions were extremely close, with the Guins losing games by seven, five, four and two points. The penguins lost 21-14 on their last visit in 2019.

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Last time out: WIU 38, YSU 35
The Penguins built a 35-7 first-half lead against Western Illinois at Stambaugh Stadium last Saturday. However, the Leathernecks ended the game with 31 unanswered points, including a game-winning 20-yard field goal from Mason Laramie with two seconds remaining.
The competition got off to a great start for YSU. After each team scored a goal on first possession, the Penguins scored the next 28 points to build their 35-7 lead. Demeatric Crenshaw had 11 and 5 yard scoring runs to give the Guins a 21-7 advantage. Jaleel McLaughlin, who scored the game’s first TD, added runs of 10 and 35 yards to increase the lead to 35-7 towards the end of the second quarter.
WIU scored a touchdown in the last seconds of the first half and maintained the momentum into the third quarter. Western scored 21 points in the third frame and tied the game at 35. Late in the fourth, YSU was stopped on a 4th-and-1 from its 36-yard line at 1:49 left. The Leathernecks moved the ball to the YSU two-yard line and Laramie kicked a chip-shot field goal to give the Leathernecks a record MVFC win.

Last time vs. UNI
The Penguins suffered a 21-0 loss to UNI at Stambaugh Stadium in February. YSU were only 6-0 behind after three quarters before two great goals by the Panthers prevented the game in the fourth quarter.
UNI scored two field goals in the first half, while Dom Williams added touchdown runs of two and one yard for all points in the game in the fourth quarter.
Defensive tackle Vinny Gentile led by nine stops while Troy Jakubec had eight when he added his first interception of his career. Linebackers Giffin Hoak and Grant Dixon each had seven tackles against the Panthers.

Wild momentum oscillations
The loss to Western on Saturday was associated with some wild swings for both teams.
In the first half, the Penguins played 44 games and collected 303 yards. In the second half, YSU was held at 57 yards in 27 games. Twenty-two yards came to the last Guin possession.
WIU’s first five drives reached 114 yards in 19 games and included three punts. The Leathernecks caught fire by the end of the first half and had 245 yards in 33 games in a five-drive span and scored four TDs. In his last four possession, WIU had 97 yards in 17 games.

Just before 6K rushing
TB Jaleel McLaughlin has covered 5,840 yards in his 38-game college career – 28 competitions in Notre Dame, Ohio and 10 at YSU.
In his two years at YSU, McLaughlin stormed 1,103 yards in these 10 competitions. He has stormed more than 100 yards in seven of his last eight competitions.
In 28 games at Notre Dame, he had 24 100-yard performances.

JM with 3 TDs
TB Jaleel McLaughlin had three stunning results against Western Illinois. McLaughlin scored in runs of three, 10 and 35 yards against the Leathernecks on Saturday night.
He was the first YSU player since Tevin McCaster to score three TDs in one game. McCaster scored three stunning results against UNI in November 2018.
It was a career high for McLaughlin, who has 10 frenzied TDs in just 10 career games. He has scored five touchdowns in just three games this fall, making his seven games total for the spring season.

Top spring sums
In just three games, a number of penguins nearly dwarfed their spring tackle numbers.
SS Jordan White has 21 tackles while DB D’Marco Augustin has 19 stops. In the spring, White and Augustin each had 16 tackles.
This fall, White has 13 solo stops and eight assisted stops, while Augustin has eight solos and 11 assists.
The new faces Natavious Payne (10), Gage Salyers (eight), Devin Johnson (eight), Andres Lehrman (seven) and Chris Fitzgerald (six) also have career highs. Payne switched from the wide receiver in the fall and is now playing corner.

Impressive career start
Redshirt newcomer QB Demeatric Crenshaw has been impressive in his three career starts for the Penguins.
In the season opener against UIW, Crenshaw constructed a drive in the late fourth quarter to help the Guins catch up with UIW when time ran out. It was the first time since October 1, 2018 against Southern Illinois that the Penguins rallied to claim a win in the fourth quarter.
For the game, he completed 9-of-12 passes for 112 yards and a touchdown. He stormed for 81 yards on 20 carries and scored two TDs.
In Michigan State, Crenshaw rushed for 69 yards on 18 carries and scored a touchdown. He completed 10-of-23 passes for 81 yards.
Against Western Illinois, he stormed for 134 yards with 20 carries and had two touchdowns. He completed 13 of 22 passes for 76 yards.

A tough schedule lies ahead of you
Starting with the game on Saturday at UNI, the Penguins will play against six teams that are placed in the top 16 in the latest FCS poll.
For the next two weeks, YSU will take over No. 13 UNI and No. 16 Missouri State. After a week off and a competition in the state of Indiana, the Guins take 3rd place in South Dakota State, No. 11 North Dakota, No. 5 North Dakota State and No. 7 Southern Illinois.

McFadden makes three
PK Colt McFadden scored a career high with three field goals in defeating UIW. He has now made eight of his last nine FG attempts.
McFadden ended the spring strong, making five of his last six FG attempts.

Turner is Mr. Reliable
TB Christian Turner was one of the most versatile YSU players in school history during his penguins career.
With his 26-yard scoring run in the third quarter at Michigan State, he has scored for the Penguins for five consecutive seasons.
Turner had two touchdowns in the spring 2021 season, four TDs in fall 2019, one touchdown in 2018, and three scores in 2017.
After his 28-yard rushing performance against UIW, he surpassed the 1,000-yard mark for his career. He now has 1,073 yards on 227 tries. Turner also caught 79 passes for 636 yards.

Defense spreads wealth
YSU has 11 players with at least eight or more tackles after three competitions.
At the head of the defense is security guard Jordan White, who has been credited with 21 tackles in three games. Defensive back D’Marco Augustin is second on the team with 19 tackles alongside Gran Dixon.
FS Zaire Jones and DE James Jackson are fourth with 12 stops and CB Natavious Payne has 10 tackles.
Dixon led the penguins in the spring with a total of 55 tackles. In seven out of nine games with the program, he made at least six stops.

Spring MVFC honors
The YSU had seven penguins honoring the All-Missouri Valley Football Conference this spring.
Linebacker Grant Dixon was a first team guest of honor, tailback Jaleel McLaughlin, offensive tackle Dan Becker and safety Zaire Jones were the second team picks, while defensive end James Jackson, cornerback Keyon Martin and punt returner Jake Coates were commendable. All but Coates returned to the program in the fall.

Graduate team
The Penguins have an impressive number of college graduates on their roster this year.
QB Joe Craycraft, TB Christian Turner, TB London Pearson, DE James Jackson, PK Colt McFadden, DB Zaire Jones, DB Patrick Minenok, OL Jordan Velez, WR Sam St. Surin, TE Josh Burgett, DB Quincy Lenton, WR Jake Cummings, OT Dan Becker, OL Jordan Velez and OL Henry Yoboue all received their Bachelor degrees from YSU.
YSU also has seven graduate transfers – LB Grant Dixon, DB Isacc James-Gray, P Paddy Lynch, DE JT Ngangum, TE Andrew Ogletree, WR Jorge Portorreal, and OL Nick Rosen.

Two Campbell Award nominees
The Penguins can boast one thing that not many other programs can – two William V. Campbell Trophy® Presented by Mazda, the semi-finalists of the National Football Foundation and the College Hall of Fame.
YSU’s nominee for the honor was Senior TB Christian Turner in 2020. The other Campbell semi-finalist on the team is Grant Dixon, who moved from Marist in 2020. Turner is YSU’s candidate for the fall 2021 season.

Touchdowns according to current guins
The Penguins have 13 players on their roster who scored touchdowns during the YSU. TB Jaleel McLaughlin leads the team with 10 dazzling touchdowns. TB Christian Turner leads the team with five receiving TDs.

Numbers of the note
• Sales Margin: As of 1996, YSU is 145-43 if they win or tie the sales margin. If you commit more sales, YSU is only 27-80.
Since 1990 YSU has been:
• 171-22-2 when opponents are held to less than 21 points in a game.
• 147-20 when charging over 200 yards.
• 169-30 if you get 28 or more points.
• 89-13-1 when opponents are held less than 100 yards away in a game.
• 199-18 when guiding the entry of the fourth.
• 92-3-2 when opponents are held at 10 points or less in a game.


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