CCSU football loses big to No. 5 Youngstown State

Published on Saturday, 16 September 2017 22:15
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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - The CCSU football team dropped a 59-9 decision on the road Saturday afternoon at Youngstown State, ranked No. 5 nationally in the latest FCS coaches poll.

The Blue Devils are now 0-3 for the season after losing their opener at ACC and FBS member Syracuse, then at home to No. 22 Fordham before facing Youngstown State.

The Penguins took a 7-0 lead on a 60-yard touchdown run from Tevin McCaster with 4:34 left in the first quarter. The Blue Devils’ defense had stopped the Penguins on a fourth down on their first offensive drive, but on their second they needed just one play to take the 7-0 lead.

Following a CCSU punt, YSU went 51 yards on seven plays and took a 14-0 lead at the end of the first quarter. Christian Turner ran it in from three yards out for the score.

The lead reached 21-0 on a 39-yard scoring run from quarterback Nathan Mays. It reached 28-0 with 6:34 to play in the second quarter on a one-yard touchdown run from Shane Kuhn.

Youngstown scored on its first drive of the third quarter to push the lead to 38-0.

The Blue Devils got on the board on the next drive of the third quarter, as senior Cameron Nash rushed it in from five yards out to cut the lead to 38-6. The extra point was blocked. The CCSU scoring drive went for nine plays and 78 yards.

Senior Frankie Palmer kicked a 37-yard field goal with 7:17 left in the fourth quarter to make it 59-9.

Junior quarterback Jacob Dolegala finished the game 11-of-24 for 93 yards and an interception. He rushed five times for 26 yards. Nash rushed for 62 yards and the one touchdown.

The CCSU defense was led by senior Najae Brown, who finished the game with a team-high 10 tackles.

The Blue Devils return home next week to host Walsh University at noon.

Posted in New Britain Herald, CCSU, General Sports on Saturday, 16 September 2017 22:15. Updated: Saturday, 16 September 2017 23:21.