After watching Youngstown State rally in the first half to earn a 14-all halftime tie, Missouri State (2-3, 1-1 Missouri Valley Conference) scored on its first two possessions of the second half.
Johnston scored first for Missouri State in the second half on a 38-yard run with 11:58 left in the third quarter followed by a 5-yard touchdown run by Kirby.
Youngstown State's Jabari Scott scored his second touchdown of the game with 29 second left in the third quarter on a 1-yard run to narrow Missouri State's lead to 28-21.
Missouri State responded with a touchdown of its own on a 12-yard pass from Kirby to Jeff Sergant to go up 35-21.
Washington rushed for 133 yards and Kirby threw for 127 yard on 11 of 14 passing as Missouri State finished with 399 yards of offense.
Kamryn Keys had 113 yards rushing for the Penguins.
Former Blinn College coach Brad Franchione describes Panthers star Cam Newton's transformation from playing at the junior college in 2009 to playing in Super Bowl 50.
North Carolina inked the No. 34-ranked recruiting class in the 2016 cycle with one ESPN 300 (Tomon Fox) and four more four-stars. The class of 2017 is well on the way to besting the 2016 class with four ESPN Jr300 verbals less than one week after signing day with the most recent being in state receiver Ryan Jones Friday.
Oregon running back Thomas Tyner has decided to take a medical retirement after sitting out all of last season because of a shoulder injury.
It hasn't been an easy road at USC for Pat Haden, the former Trojans quarterback turned athletic director, but at 63, he's earned the right to relax.
Readers want to know about all "downer" material, Iowa cutting ties with Stanford and an inherent southern bias in recruiting rankings.
What did we learn from the Big 12 conference sessions this week? Jake Trotter sorts it out in this edition of the mailbag.
|North Dakota State||7-1||13-2|
|South Dakota State||5-3||8-4|