YSU Football perfect at home this season
The Youngstown State football team is looking for their first two game winning streak of the year. They're also looking for the 10th win in their last 11 games at Stambaugh Stadium.
"All these game are important and it's a little more special at home because your in front of family and friends," said senior running back Dra Rushton.
"We always want to protect Youngstown," echoed safety Marcus Hooker.
The Penguins are 4-3 (2-2 in the conference & tied with five other teams) and host Missouri State at 2:00 pm.
"Right now its about Missouri State. That's the most important game and they're a different team from last year and we're a different team, "said coach Doug Phillips.
Last year the Bears beat the Penguins 25-22.
The Penguins secondary has given 238 passing yards to Illinois State, 369 to South Dakota and 337 to Northern Iowa, in three of their last four games.
"I think its more of us understanding our jobs and being in the right place," said Hooker on the amount of yards opponents have passed for. " We're going to continue on that and get our guys on the same page."
Phillips said the coaching staff is putting as many guys out there they feel can cover and make plays.
The Penguins have won three straight against the Bears at Stambaugh Stadium.
"Every game is important, home and away, and we do love playing at home," said Phillips. "We love the crowd, love the atmosphere and our kids get really excited when there's a great student section and the fans are behind you."