VERMILLION, S.D. (AP) — Martin Ruiz scored with 14 seconds to play as Youngstown State rallied to beat South Dakota 38-34 Saturday.
Ruiz's 3-yard run capped a 10-play, 74-yard drive that started after South Dakota (4-5, 3-3 Missouri Valley Football Conference) took a 31-27 lead on Jordan Roberts' 11-yard run with 2:14 left.
Ruiz ran 23 times for 136 yards to lead all rushers. He also added a 6-yard TD run.
The 10th-ranked Penguins gained 243 yards on the ground and quarterback Kurt Hess completed 22 of 26 passes for 283 yards and two touchdowns and ran for another score.
"They just had too many weapons, and I think it all starts with (Hess)," South Dakota coach Joe Glenn said. "That guy is phenomenal. He was the difference in the game."
Hess' counterpart, South Dakota quarterback Kevin Earl, was 16-for-31 for 219 yards and two touchdowns. He also ran for a score. The Coyotes came into the game ranked second nationally in pass defense (125 yards) and fifth in total defense (297).
Hess' 40-yard TD to Jody Webb gave Youngstown State (8-1, 5-0) an early 7-3 lead. He tossed a 3-yard TD pass to Michael Wheary while coming back from a 27-19 deficit in the third quarter.