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Crusaders Fall at Youngstown State
Alex Grask (L) had a team-high nine tackles Saturday. (William Liu)
Alex Grask (L) had a team-high nine tackles Saturday. (William Liu)
Valparaiso (0-2)
at
#6 Youngstown State (2-0)
9/8/2012 | Youngstown, Ohio | Attendance: 15347
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Scoring
1st Quarter
YSUTD13:00Bryan 24 Yd Pass From Hess (Brown kick)
YSUTD10:53Shaw 11 Yd Pass From Hess (Brown kick)
YSUTD09:56Edwards (Brown kick)
2nd Quarter
YSUTD14:58Pace 3 Yd Run (Brown kick)
YSUTD12:54Cook 2 Yd Run (Brown kick)
YSUTD07:00Hymes 1 Yd Run (Brown kick)
YSUTD03:09Pace 14 Yd Run (Brown kick)
3rd Quarter
YSUFG11:55Brown 27 Yd
4th Quarter
YSUTD05:27Hymes 3 Yd Run (Brown kick)
Stats at a GlanceVALPOYSU
1st Downs1125
3rd Down Conversions5-164-9
4th Down Conversions0-20-1
Passing (Comp-Att)143 (29-39)190 (14-21)
Rushing (Att)47 (25)334 (46)
Total Yards190524
Penalties9-656-40
Turnovers20
Fumbles Lost20
Interceptions00
Possession33:4826:12

Saturday, September 08, 2012

The Valparaiso football team opened up the road portion of its 2012 schedule on Saturday afternoon, falling 59-0 to Youngstown State, which entered the game ranked #6 nationally among FCS squads, in Youngstown, Ohio.

The Penguins jumped on top of the Crusaders early, scoring three touchdowns in just over five minutes to start the contest. Kurt Hess hit Christian Bryan for a 24-yard touchdown pass on YSU's first drive, and following a punt block that gave the Penguins possession inside the red zone, Hess picked up a second TD pass on the first play, connecting with Will Shaw from 11 yards out. The Crusaders then fumbled on their next possession and the Penguins' Jeremey Edwards returned the fumble seven yards for YSU's third score.

Torrian Pace scored a pair of touchdowns on the ground in the second quarter, while Demond Hymes and Jamaine Cook each had rushing scores in the second stanza as well. David Brown connected on a field goal early in the third quarter as well for the Penguins. Valpo would get the ball into the red zone on a 16-play, 9:32 drive following the field goal, as sophomore Gabe Ali-El (Baltimore, Md./Polytechnic Institute) carried for 21 yards to the YSU 16-yard line, but a penalty pushed Valpo out of the red zone and the Crusaders would turn the ball over on downs.

Youngstown State added the game's final score on Hymes' second rushing TD of the day in the fourth quarter. The Crusaders pushed the ball into Penguin territory twice in the game's final 15 minutes, but lost the ball on downs once and were forced to punt on the other occasion.

Redshirt sophomore Eric Hoffman (Manitowoc, Wis./Lincoln) was 28-of-37 through the air passing the ball for the Crusaders and did not throw an interception, but only threw for 139 yards while completing passes to 12 different Valpo receivers. Redshirt sophomore Fred Gladney (Milwaukee, Wis./Dominican) led the Crusaders with seven receptions for 31 yards, while Ali-El paced the effort on the ground with seven carries for 38 yards. Valpo was able to net just 47 yards rushing and ended the day with 190 total yards of offense versus 524 for Youngstown State.

Defensively, junior Alex Grask (Naperville, Ill./Central) led the way for the second straight week, registering nine tackles. Junior Pat Derbak (Schaumburg, Ill./Schaumburg) added seven stops of his own. Punter Greg Wood (Libertyville, Ill./Libertyville) averaged better than 40 yards per kick on his seven punts, with a long of 54 yards.

Valparaiso (0-2) returns to Brown Field next Saturday afternoon, hosting Duquesne. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m., and if you can't make it to Brown Field, you can listen live via the Valpo Sports Radio Network on WAKE, 1500 AM. Links for the live audio, as well as live stats, will also be available at www.valpoathletics.com.

W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 13 2nd/6 (657); 5th/6 (692)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 13 t-6th/13 (895)
Softball Cleveland State 6 8 inn.
Apr 13 Valpo 7
W Tennis Valpo 1 Rochester, Mich.
Apr 13 Oakland 6
M Tennis Valpo 1 Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 13 #12 Notre Dame 6
W Tennis Valpo 0 Chicago, Ill.
Apr 14 Chicago State 7
M Tennis Valpo 7 Homewood, Ill.
Apr 15 Chicago State 0
Baseball Valpo CCD
Apr 15 Toledo
M Track Cougar Invitational River Forest, Ill.
Apr 17 No Team Score
W Track Cougar Invitational River Forest, Ill.
Apr 17 No Team Score
Baseball Valpo 4 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 17 Milwaukee 0
M Tennis Youngstown State 1 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18 Valpo 6
Baseball Valpo 0 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 18 Milwaukee 3
Softball Oakland 3 VU Softball Field
Apr 18 Valpo 11
W Tennis Youngstown State 7 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18 Valpo 0
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19 CCD
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 2nd/3 (191)
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 3rd/5 (82)
W Tennis Cleveland State 7 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo 0
Softball Oakland 1 VU Softball Field
Apr 19 Valpo 2
Baseball Valpo 0 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 19 Milwaukee 5
Softball Oakland 4 8 inn.
Apr 19 Valpo 2
M Tennis Cleveland State 5 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo 2
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 20 12th/15 (314)
Baseball Kalamazoo 3 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 21 Valpo 10
Baseball Ohio Northern 2 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 22 Valpo 1
Softball Valpo 3 Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22 Western Illinois 1
Softball Valpo 5 Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22 Western Illinois 4
Softball Valpo Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24, 5:00 p.m. #21/21 Notre Dame
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25, 2:00 p.m. UIC
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 25, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 26, 3:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 26, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 26, 12:00 p.m. Wright State
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 26, 2:00 p.m. Wright State
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 27, 2:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 27, 12:00 p.m. Wright State
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 27, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Western Michigan Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 29, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball IUPUI VU Softball Field
Apr 29, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball IUPUI VU Softball Field
Apr 29, 5:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Chicago State Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 30, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Bloomington, Ind.
Apr 30, 3:00 p.m. Indiana (resumption of suspended game)
Softball Valpo Bloomington, Ind.
Apr 30, 4:00 p.m. Indiana
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 2
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 2
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 2, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 3
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 3
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 3, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 3, 1:00 p.m. Green Bay
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 3, 3:00 p.m. Green Bay