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No. 22 UND to face a change in style at Youngstown State

The Fighting Hawks will face a run-heavy opponent in Youngstown State, a program entering the matchup with questions at quarterback.

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UND defenders Ted Mullin, left, and Ben McNaboe sack Missouri State quarterback Jason Shelley in the first half of their game Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022.
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GRAND FORKS — The UND football program has played three Missouri Valley Football Conference games this season.

Those teams rank Nos. 1 (Missouri State), 2 (Northern Iowa) and 3 (Southern Illinois) in the league in passing offense.

But the No. 22 Fighting Hawks will have to change gears at 5 p.m. Saturday in Youngstown, Ohio, against Youngstown State.

The Penquins are the No. 9 passing offense in the MVFC with 164.3 yards per game.

Youngstown wants to run the ball. The Penguins are only behind North Dakota State in MVFC rushing, averaging 180.5 rushing yards per game.

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"We always start our plan with defending the run," UND coach Bubba Schweigert said. "You really have to have a good plan. Our guys have to be disciplined."

YSU running back Jaleel McLaughlin is the top back in the league, averaging 129.5 yards per game. The former Division II standout is averaging 8.6 yards per carry.

"He's a special back," Schweigert said.

McLaughlin ran for 125 against UND in the Alerus Center last season but the Hawks escaped with a 24-21 win after limiting YSU quarterback Demeatric Crenshaw to 75 passing yards. He was sacked four times.

"Knowing they have elusive guys on their team, we have to be lane-sound," UND cornerback C.J. Siegel said. "There's going to be times their backs bounce outside. We have to hold our edges as corners and linebackers have to flow to the ball."

Crenshaw, a dangerous run threat, has passed for 538 yards this season. By comparison, UND quarterback Tommy Schuster has thrown for 1,133 yards this year.

Last week, in a 27-14 loss at NDSU, Youngstown State made a change at quarterback after falling behind 21-3.

Crenshaw threw for 34 yards and an interception but was replaced by Mitch Davidson, who was 6-for-10 for 87 yards and a touchdown.

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McLaughlin ran for 150 yards and had a team-high 43 receiving yards against the Bison.

The rest of the Penguins had 88 yards of total offense.

UND's defense ranks No. 7 in the Missouri Valley in rushing yards allowed per game with 149.8 per game.

"No one on our team has been to Youngstown, so to get out there and experience something new will be a great opportunity for us," Siegel said.

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Miller has covered sports at the Grand Forks Herald since 2004 and was the state sportswriter of the year in 2019.

His primary beat is UND football but also reports on a variety of UND sports and local preps.

He can be reached at (701) 780-1121, tmiller@gfherald.com or on Twitter at @tommillergf.
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