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Here’s why Youngstown State has an upside down decal on their helmet


Youngstown State has had a surprisingly good season. Bo Pelini has his Penguins in the FCS Championship game today against James Madison as they look to win their first championship since 1997.

After winning four championships in a span of seven years in the 90’s, the Penguins have fallen off as a dominant program in the last two decades; that could change today.

On the field, the Penguins will have one curious feature on their helmet.

While the traditional “Y” logo is plastered on the side, there is also a smaller, upside down “Y” adjacent to it. This is in memory of Jason Burch, a championship winner and alumnus of Youngstown State who passed suddenly.


The Penguins would fall into a tie for second-most FCS Championships all-time with North Dakota State, who won five in a row starting in 2011. That streak was ended by James Madison earlier in these playoffs.

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