- Associated Press - Saturday, November 1, 2014

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) - Youngstown State scored 21 point in the fourth quarter to rally past South Dakota 28-17 in a Missouri Valley Football conference game on Saturday.

Trailing 17-7 after three quarters, the Penguins (7-2, 4-1 MVFC) put together three long scoring drives to stay in the conference race.

“Why we can play or three quarters and not shut it down remains to be seen,” South Dakota coach Joe Glenn said. “We didn’t finish. We didn’t quite get the game shut down.”

The Coyotes appeared poised to win for just the second time in their last 26 games on the road. But Andrew Williams’ 58-yard TD catch on the first play of the fourth quarter started the Penguins’ comeback.

Williams had six catches for 140 yards, while quarterback Hunter Wells completed 12 of 23 passes for 244 yards.

Less than three minutes after Williams’ score, running back Jody Webb dashed 60 yards for a go-ahead score. The drives covered 75 and 96 yards. Webb finished with 128 yards on 11 carries. He also scored on a 34-yard run in the first quarter.

But the capper was applied by Martin Ruiz, who ended a 9-play, 80-yard drive with 2:58 remaining. Ruiz had 185 yards on 28 carries.

Youngstown State ran for 313 of 557 total yards.

“They’ve got a couple of great running backs and a tough offensive line. They put it on us,” Glenn said. “We can’t let people run on us like that. Somehow we got to shut down the run otherwise everybody’s just going to run all day long on us.”

South Dakota quarterback Kevin Earl was 14 of 30 with one interception. He tossed a 7-yard TD pass to Jasper Sanders to tie the game at 7-7 with 9 seconds left in the first half. Sanders took a swing pass out of the backfield and outran the defensive back around the left end to the pylon.

Sanders led the Coyotes (2-7, 0-5) in rushing with 105 yards on 20 carries and receiving with four catches for 47 yards.

Miles Bergner kicked a 50-yard field goal - his school-record 13th straight - early in the third quarter. Earl then capped a 71-yard drive with a 1-yard dive for a 17-7 lead with 57 seconds left in the third quarter.

The Coyotes finished with 284 total yards, with 133 on the ground.

“There’s some good things to take away from today’s game,” Glenn said. “We scored 17 points on a pretty good defense. Just not enough.”

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