Freshman Martin Ruiz rushed for a career-high three touchdowns as Youngstown State defeated Duquesne, 59-17, in a non-conference game Saturday in Youngstown, Ohio.
The Penguins (3-1) bolted to a 24-0 halftime lead, including Ruiz's 9-yard rushing touchdown, his first and longest score of the game. Ruiz rushed for 65 yards and has scored at least one touchdown in each of the Penguins' first four games.
Duquesne (1-2) roared back to start the second half, scoring on back-to-back offensive possessions. Dillon Buechel's 63-yard pass to Gianni Carter pulled the Dukes within striking distance at 24-14 with 9:12 remaining in the third quarter.
The Penguins countered with three unanswered touchdowns, the first two coming from Ruiz. Kurt Hess' 55-yard touchdown pass to Marcel Carver to open the fourth quarter gave the Penguins a 45-14 lead.
Buechel, a Montour High School graduate, was 21 of 38 for 362 yards to lead the Dukes.
It was the first meeting between the schools.
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• Gannon 38, Slippery Rock 27: Jansen Jones rushed for 181 yards and two touchdowns on 38 carries, and the host Golden Knights (2-1) scored 10 fourth-quarter points to pull away from The Rock (2-1).
• Saint Francis 38, Lincoln 7: Kyle Harbridge rushed for 230 yards and four touchdowns as the host Red Flash (1-2) beat the Lions (1-2) for its first victory of the season.
• IUP 26, Seton Hill 0: Erik Finklea rushed for 76 yards and two touchdowns, and the visiting Crimson Hawks (3-0) defeated the Griffins (0-3).
• Randolph-Macon 38, Bethany 26: Will McGhee rushed for 296 yards and three touchdowns as the visiting Yellow Jackets (2-1) defeated the Bison (0-3).
• Geneva 49, Thiel 28: Zach Hayward had 348 total yards and three touchdowns as the Golden Tornadoes (3-0) defeated the Tomcats (0-3).
• Washington & Jefferson 40, Grove City 19: Dion Wiegand rushed for 172 yards and five touchdowns as the Presidents (2-1) rolled past the Wolverines (2-1).duquesnesports - sportscollegedistrict