YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) -- Kevin Smith ran for 113 yards and a touchdown and Youngstown State held off a second-half rally to beat Western Illinois 31-21 on Saturday.
The Penguins (4-2, 2-1 in Missouri Valley Conference) built a 31-0 lead by halftime but didn't score again. Touchdown runs of 1-yard each by Smith and Dana Brown, and short scoring tosses by Brandon Summers put Youngstown St. up big.
Wil Lunt brought the Leathernecks (1-4, 0-2) back with a 30-yard touchdown pass to Justin Rideau, then a 12-yarder to close out the scoring. Dre Gibbs had a 15-yard scoring run and finished with 155 yards.
Mike Stieren forced the first fumble of his career to open the fourth quarter, giving the Leathernecks a possession that resulted in Western
s second scoring drive of the game.
Lunt finished his first career start with 92 yards on 8 of 16 passing.
Summers finished with 134 yards on 12 of 18 passing.
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