YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Martin Ruiz rushed for 199 yards on 21 carries to lead Youngstown State to a 24-14 win over Western Illinois Saturday.
The Penguins (7-1, 4-0 Missouri Valley Conference) have now won seven straight conference games over two seasons.
The teams entered the fourth quarter tied 14-all. A 33-yard Joey Cejudo field goal early in the fourth put Youngstown State up 17-14. Western Illinois (3-5, 1-3) drove to Youngstown State's 23 on the next possession, where Nathan Knuffman missed a 40-yard field goal. The Penguins followed that with a 77-yard scoring drive as Kurt Hess found Nate Adams from five yards out for the final score. Ruiz had a 57-yard run on that drive.
Ruiz opened the scoring for Youngstown State when he broke for a 60-yard touchdown run midway of the first quarter. The Leathernecks tied it 7-all in the second quarter on Trenton Norvell's one yard run.
C. Johnson run for 2 yds,C. Johnson fumbled, forced by T. Howard, recovered by TCU J. Carraway,J. Carraway return for 55 yds
Chris Johnson run for 2 yds Chris Johnson fumbled, forced by Travin Howard, recovered by TCU Josh Carraway , return for 55 yds
Jordy Joseph pass complete to Dontrell Hilliard for 66 yds for a TD
Dane Evans pass intercepted Darion Monroe return for no gain to the Tulan 34
Andrew DiRocco 31 yd FG GOOD
Chris Johnson pass intercepted Nick Orr return for no gain to the Bayl 24
Trevone Boykin pass intercepted Xavien Howard return for 12 yds to the Bayl 17
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|South Dakota State||5-3||8-3|