Youngstown St. 28, Slippery Rock 12
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) _ Mark Brungard fired three touchdown passes in the first half, two of them to Darnell Bracy, as the defending Division I-AA champion Youngstown State Penguins snared a win for the first time in three games by defeating Slippery Rock 28-12 Saturday night.
Youngstown State led 21-6 at halftime and 28-6 in the fourth quarter before the Rockets (1-2) scored in the final minute.
Even though the Penguins relied on Brungard’s arm for its first three touchdowns, the offense dominated on the ground, grinding out 262 yards. Nolan More gained 121 yards on 25 caries, and Brian Cottom added 109 yards, including a 1-yard touchdown burst in the fourth quarter, on 18 carries.
Brungard hit on 11 of 15 passes for 157 yards and wasn’t intercepted. He led ball-control scoring drives of 76, 63 and 61 yards. He connected with Bracy on a 20-yard touchdown pass and an 8-yarder in the first quarter, and William Walker pulled in a 14-yard scoring pass with just 14 seconds left in the half.
Chad Vogt found Calvin Kuiken for a 10-yard touchdown play early in the second quarter, but the conversion kick failed. Rick Artley connected with Kuiken on a 13-yard scoring pass with 19 seconds remaining, but the 2-point conversion failed.