BRIEFS

Franciscan wins rugby title

STEUBENVILLE — For the second straight season, the Franciscan rugby team defeated Robert Morris to claim the 3RRC title and a spot in the NSCRO regional. The Barons won 42-5 on Saturday.

Franciscan will continue its season in the NSCRO regional from Nov. 18-19, which Franciscan will host. Game times and opponents will be made available in the next few weeks along with previews of the upcoming regional.

Lady Barons fall in title game

ERIE, Pa. — Playing in its first AMCC championship game in school history, the Franciscan women’s soccer team fell to Penn St.-Behrend 3-2 on Saturday.

Despite the loss in the championship game, the Lady Barons’ season may still continue. Franciscan awaits a possible bid to the ECAC tournament to continue its 2017 season.

YSU snaps four-game skid

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — Ricky Davis ran for two touchdowns and threw for four more as Youngstown State snapped its four-game losing streak by crushing winless Indiana State, 66-24, in a Missouri Valley Football Conference game Saturday.

Coming off being shutout for the first time since 2008 in a 35-0 loss at Illinois State, Davis wasted little time getting the Penguins (4-5, 2-4) on the scoreboard, racing 57 yards for the score barely two minutes into the game. He then accounted for three scores in the final 5:28 of the first quarter, scoring from a yard out, then hitting Damoun Patterson and Jermiah Braswell from 18- and 39-yards out.

He hit Samuel St. Surin with touchdown passes of 61- and 64-yards in the third quarter.

Davis set a new career high with four touchdown passes. He completed 10 of 12 for 349 yards and added 98 yards on 14 carries on the ground.

No. 24 Spartans upset Penn State

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Matt Coghlin kicked a 34-yard field goal as time expired to give No. 24 Michigan State a 27-24 victory over No. 7 Penn State on Saturday night in a game that was delayed nearly 3 1/2 hours by severe weather in the second quarter.

Brian Lewerke threw for 400 yards and two touchdowns for the Spartans (7-2, 5-1 Big Ten, No. 24 CFP), and Michigan State was aided at the end by a roughing the passer call on Penn State’s Marcus Allen. Lewerke was hit by Allen on a third-down pass that fell incomplete in the final minute. The penalty moved the ball to the Penn State 22, and the Spartans were able to run the clock down before Coghlin’s winning kick.

The redshirt freshman made the kick, then ran back down the field and slid across it on his stomach while his teammates joined him in celebration.

It was the second straight tough loss for Penn State (7-2, 4-2, No. 7), which fell 39-38 at Ohio State last weekend and may have had its national title hopes crumble for good Saturday. Now it’s Michigan State — which went 3-9 last season — that will take its improbable division title hopes into a showdown at Ohio State next weekend.

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