Oct 12, 2002
MIAMI (AP) - P.J. Mays ran for two touchdowns as Youngstown State withstood a late rally to defeat Florida Atlantic 24-17 on Saturday.
After building a 24-3 halftime lead, Youngstown (4-2) bogged down on offense and was held scoreless in the second half.
The Owls (0-6) scored twice in the fourth quarter.
Their first touchdown came on a 15-yard run by Daveon Barron that made the score 24-10.
Late in the quarter, Florida Atlantic's Craig Roundtree blocked a Penguins punt and the Owls recovered at the YSU 38-yard line. Twelve plays later, quarterback Jared Allen scored on a 1-yard run to cut Youngstown's lead to 24-17 with 2:25 left in the game.
Youngstown ran out the clock on its ensuing possession to seal the win.
The Penguins scored on their opening offensive series, a 56-yard drive capped by a 1-yard run by Mays for a 7-0 lead.
On Florida Atlantic's first possession, an interception by Mike Bracken put Youngstown at the Owls 31-yard line. Six plays later, Jake Stewart kicked a 32-yard field goal to make the score 10-0.
In the second quarter, Mays 11-yard touchdown run made the score 17-3. On
their next possession, the Owls fumbled on a punt attempt and Mike Andrews
returned it 7 yards for a touchdown.