Dukes Fall to Youngstown State, 59-17
Sept. 21, 2013
YOUNGSTOWN, OHIO - Martin Ruiz scored three touchdowns and Kurt Hess threw for two more to lead Youngstown State (3-1) to a 59-17 win over Duquesne (1-2) at Stambaugh Stadium.
The Penguins, who outgained the Dukes 501-410, scored three consecutive touchdowns - including two by Ruiz - after Duquesne cut YSU's halftime lead to 24-14 early in the third quarter.
YSU got on the board first when it turned a Ryan Ho fumble into a 40-yard Joey Cejudo field goal with 4:21 to go in the first quarter. A big chunk of the Penguins' 33-yard scoring drive was the result of a 15 yard roughing the quarterback penalty on the Dukes.
Duquesne went three-and-out and a short punt gave Youngstown State the ball at the DU 30. Seven plays later, Torrian Pace punched it in to give YSU a 10-0 lead early in the second quarter.
DU, behind a 54-yard completion from Buechel to Carter, moved to the YSU 36 before a King fumble gave the Penguins the ball at their 46.
The Dukes held YSU to three-and-out and stopped the Penguins on downs at the 17, but continued to lose the field position battle.
YSU - once again with a short field - drove 37 yards on six plays to take at 17-0 lead on a 9-yard run by Ruiz with just over three minutes left in the half.
The Penguins made it two touchdowns in under two minutes when Hess - running the two-minute offense - hit Nate Adams with a 52-yard touchdown pass with 46 seconds left to make it 24-0 at the half.
Duquesne's average field position for its eight first half drives was its own 16. YSU, which began three drives inside the DU 40, averaged starting on its own 45.
DU got on the board when Ethan Dorsey capped a second half-opening, 74-yard drive with a 1-yard plunge. Buechel completed 3-of-4 passes for 57 yards including a 27-yarder to King and 21-yarder to Noel Oduho to fuel the drive.
The Dukes made it two TDs in three minutes when Buechel found Carter with a 63-yard scoring pass that made it 24-14 with 9:12 left in the third quarter.
Youngstown State answered with its longest drive of the game, covering 84 yards in just under five minutes, to make it 31-14 on a 4-yard run by Ruiz.
Ruiz added his third touchdown, this one from 5 yards out, to make it 38-14 after three quarters.
The Penguins made in three TDs in three possessions when Hess hit Marcel Caver with a 55-yard touchdown pass to make it 45-14 early in the fourth quarter.
Austin Crimmins ended the YSU scoring run with a 30-yard field goal with 10:34 left.
YSU tacked on a 10-yard TD run and late 43-yard return of a Marty Mitchell interception for the game's final points.
Duquesne is off next weekend prior to hosting West Liberty University on Saturday, Oct. 5 at 12:10 p.m.
Scoring by Quarters