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Youngstown State wins FCS semifinal on catch of the year as time expires

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The titans of Ohio last night weren’t Buckeyes, but rather Penguins. Youngstown State, playing in an FCS semifinal elimination game had one final crack at the end zone with only six seconds remaining.

What ensued was possibly the catch of the year, and advanced the cinderella story Penguins to the finals against James Madison on January 7th.

After reviewing the play, the touchdown stood as called on the field and handed Youngstown State the victory.

The pass was thrown behind the intended receiver, who pinned the ball against the back of the defender with one hand and held it there. He never brought the ball to his chest, but it remained in a fixed position and he maintained possession all the way through to the ground.

Youngstown State was considered the underdog in this game, with Eastern Washington being ranked second in the tournament. We saw in the other semifinal game that a higher seed doesn’t mean much, as FCS powerhouse North Dakota State was knocked off by James Madison .

The Penguins appear to be overmatched in their final game of the season, but they’ve been defying expectations this far, what’s one more game?

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