Youngstown State defeats Western Illinois 24-14

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.