Home Sports Jaw-Dropping! You Won’t Believe What South Dakota State Did to Youngstown State, Leaving Them Scoreless at 34-0!! Unbelievable!

Jaw-Dropping! You Won’t Believe What South Dakota State Did to Youngstown State, Leaving Them Scoreless at 34-0!! Unbelievable!

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Jaw-Dropping! You Won’t Believe What South Dakota State Did to Youngstown State, Leaving Them Scoreless at 34-0!! Unbelievable!

South Dakota State Dominates Youngstown State with 34-0 Shutout

Correspondent photo / Robert Hayes. YSU’s Greg Benton applies pressure against Jackrabbits quarterback Mark Gronowski during the first half on Saturday against South Dakota State.

South Dakota State showcased their dominance as they cruised to a 34-0 victory over Youngstown State on Saturday. The Jackrabbits, the top-ranked team in the FCS and the defending national champions, extended their winning streak to 24 games in impressive fashion.

YSU struggled to generate offense against South Dakota State’s stifling defense, managing just 207 total yards throughout the game. This marked the first time the Penguins were held scoreless since their match against Kentucky last season, and their first scoreless home game since October 2017 versus Illinois State.

Head coach Doug Phillips shouldered the blame for the defeat, acknowledging the comprehensive beatdown his team endured. He emphasized the need to learn from this experience and work towards improving their performance.

The Jackrabbits’ formidable defense proved to be a major obstacle for YSU, consistently thwarting their scoring opportunities. While YSU managed to penetrate the red zone on multiple occasions, they failed to convert those opportunities into points. In contrast, South Dakota State was flawless in the red zone, converting all four of their attempts. This efficiency resulted in a significant disparity on the scoreboard.

Phillips highlighted South Dakota State’s formidable defense, noting their strength up front, disciplined linebackers, and interception-heavy secondary. He recognized the Jackrabbits’ well-rounded coaching and their reputation as the defending national champions.

Youngstown State heavily relies on its rushing attack, but South Dakota State effectively neutralized their ground game, limiting them to a mere 47 rushing yards on 25 carries. The Penguins’ passing offense didn’t fare much better, with quarterback Mitch Davidson completing 18 of 30 passes for 160 yards and an interception.

Davidson acknowledged the team’s offensive shortcomings, stressing the importance of completing deep passes and establishing a reliable running game. He recognized the need to avoid mistakes and turnovers against a formidable opponent like South Dakota State.

Despite their overwhelming defeat, the Penguins still have a chance to secure a spot in the FCS playoffs. With one regular-season game remaining against Murray State, a victory would match last season’s 7-4 record. Notably, their resume would include a ranked win over Southern Illinois earlier in the season.

Looking ahead, Phillips emphasized the importance of finishing strong and learning from their humbling experience. He acknowledged the challenges of playing on the road in the Missouri Valley but remained confident in his team’s ability to bounce back.

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