VERMILLION, S.D. -- Martin Ruiz scored with 14 seconds remaining to answer a late South Dakota touchdown as Youngstown State sealed a wild 38-34 win Saturday.
Jordan Roberts ran in from 11 yards to give South Dakota a 34-31 lead with two minutes left to play. The Penguins (8-1, 5-0 Missouri Valley Conference) took off down the field with a 10-play, 74-yard drive that was capped off by Ruiz's three-yard rush into the end zone.
Kurt Hess finished with 283 yards passing for two touchdowns and rushed for another as the Penguins ended with 517 offensive yards. Youngstown State turned the ball over three times -- all fumbles -- against the Coyotes and fought through seven lead changes to stay undefeated in the MVC.
Though Alabama is off to a tremendous start, Georgia isn't far behind with eight commits, including six ranked in the ESPN 300.
Miami, Clemson, Florida State and North Carolina have 21 of the ACC's 24 verbal commitments from players in the ESPN 300 for the class of 2017.
Stanford and Washington are in the best shape of any conference teams, but most of the others are off to slow starts.
After signing a top-five class in 2016, Ohio State has take the lead in the Big Ten with the 2017 class.
Oklahoma leads the conference with nine ESPN 300 commitments.
QB Clayton Thorson is ready to take the next step. What else did we discover about Northwestern this spring?
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