Bears Trail #20 Youngstown State 17-7 at Halftime at Plaster
SPRINGFIELD -- Thanks to a 102-yard rushing effort in the first half by Youngstown State sophomore Jamaine Cook, the Missouri State Bears trail No. 20 Youngstown by a score of 17-7 at the intermission at Plaster Field.
The Bears (1-2) fell behind 17-0 in the first 12 minutes as Cook scored on runs of 71 and five yards, and Stephen Blose connected on a 24-yard field goal.
The Bears retalliated early in the second quarter with an 80-yard touchdown drive capped by a diving 30-yard touchdown reception by Cadarrius Dotson from Cody Kirby. The eight-play drive to 3:06 and made it a 17-7 game with 13:43 to play.
The Bears would force the Penguins to punt twice more in the quarter, and drove all the way to the YSU 10 in the final minute of play before the drive stalled. Jordan Chiles then had a 27-yard field goal blocked to kill a 72-yard drive with no points.
Kirby was 17-for-27 for 184 yards in the first half with a touchdown. Chris Douglas was the club's top rusher gaining 24 yards on five carries.
YSU quarterback Kurt Hess was 5-for-12 for just 68 yards.