- Associated Press - Saturday, October 25, 2014

BROOKINGS, S.D. (AP) - Julius Childs broke up a final pass from Zach Lujan as Youngstown State blunted a fourth-quarter rally by South Dakota State, preserving a 30-27 win in the Hobo Day Game on Saturday.

Childs was everywhere on defense for the Penguins, who snapped a six-game losing streak against the Jackrabbits. The senior cornerback had 12 tackles and broke up three passes.

The Penguins’ defense had 10 tackles for loss and sacked SDSU quarterback Zach Lujan six times. Lujan completed 28 of 42 passes for 329 yards and a pair of touchdowns. But there were other opportunities, SDSU coach John Stiegelmeier said.

“I believe Zach can make those plays and our receivers can make those catches,” Stiegelmeier said. “There’s probably one or two times he could have thrown it out of bounds.”

Youngstown State quarterback Hunter Wells passed for 256 yards and two touchdowns. He completed 16 of 27 passes, including a 22-yard TD to Jody Webb in the second quarter.

Wells scored on a 4-yard run with 11 seconds left in the first half to give the Penguins a 23-20 lead.

Trailing by three midway through the third quarter, 15th-ranked SDSU drove to the 17th-ranked Youngstown State 22 and instead on trying a game-tying field goal, SDSU went for it on fourth-and-2 and lost a yard. Stiegelmeier called it one of the key plays in the game.

“I should have had us kick the field goal on the fourth-and-1. I picked the wind for a reason,” Stiegelmeier said. “That would have made it a different game. This one’s on me. (Justin Syrovatka) would have made it.”

Syrovatka kicked field goals of 25 and 35 yards.

In the fourth quarter, Wells connected with Jelani Berassa from 20 yards, boosting the Penguins’ (6-2, 3-1 Missouri Valley) lead to 30-20 with 8:21 to play.

But Lujan led the Jackrabbits 75 yards in 15 plays on the next possession, hitting Zach Zenner from the 6 to close within 30-27. South Dakota State (5-3, 2-2) forced Youngstown State to punt, but on the ensuing drive, Lujan had his pass on fourth-and-19 from his 13 broken up by Childs at about the 40 inside the final minute.

Lujan completed 28 of 42 passes for 329 yards and two TDs with Jake Wieneke catching 10 for 178 yards. Wieneke’s 24-yard TD pass from Zach Lujan with 2:11 left in the half made it a 20-20 game.

Wells then marched the Penguins 85 yards in 1:54 to give his team a 23-20 lead with 11 seconds left in the half.

Andrew Williams caught six passes for 139 yards and Berassa had three catches for 43 yards.

Both teams had success running the ball. Martin Ruiz carried 20 times for 132 yards. The Penguins rushed for

163 yards. SDSU’s Zach Zenner had 114 yards on 25 carries.

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