Youngstown State, the Only Team in the FBS/FCS Who Has Not Allowed a Rushing Touchdown

“In an astonishing feat so far in the 2016 season, only one team, in both the FBS and FCS, has not allowed a single rushing touchdown this season. That team is the 12th ranked Youngstown State Penguins of Youngstown, Ohio.

Through 6 games this season, Youngstown State is the 3rd overall ranked defense in the FCS in terms of points, giving up only 15 points per game. The Penguins are the 5th ranked overall defense in terms of yardage, allowing 271 yards per game. They are also the 9th ranked rushing defense in the FCS, giving up only 96.2 rushing yards a game.

Only three other schools in the entire NCAA have not given up a single rushing touchdown this season so far, including Grand Valley State (DII),  Amherst (DIII), and Wheaton (DIII).

“”In my whole career, I’ve never been more proud of a group of guys,”” said Head Coach Bo Pelini in a post game speech after a comeback 14-10 win over Northern Iowa. All-American Derek Rivers and the Penguins defense have been dominate all season and are looking to continue that type of play next week against the 11th ranked South Dakota State Jackrabbits.

Photos courtesy of Youngstown State Athletics

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