Youngstown State, Villanova schedule football series for 2024, 2027

By Brian Wilmer -

The Youngstown State Penguins and Villanova Wildcats have scheduled a home-and-home football series for the 2024 and 2027 seasons, Youngstown State announced.

In the first game of the series, Villanova will host YSU at Villanova Stadium in Villanova, Pa., on Thursday, Aug. 29, 2024. The series will conclude three seasons later when the Wildcats travel to face the Penguins at Stambaugh Stadium in Youngstown, Ohio, on Thursday, Sept. 2, 2027.

Youngstown State and Villanova first met on the gridiron in 1975 and have played 10 times overall. The Penguins won the most recent contest in the series in 1999 at Villanova, 28-21. The Penguins own five consecutive victories in the series and are 8-2 against the Wildcats.

The Penguins have also announced a home contest against the Valparaiso Beacons on Sept. 7, 2024. The contest rounds out YSU’s non-conference slate in 2024, which also includes games vs. Duquesne on Sept. 14 and at Pitt on Sept. 21.

Youngstown State will lift the lid on the 2023 season with a Thursday contest at home against Valparaiso of the Pioneer League on Thursday, Aug. 31. Villanova opens their season two days later with a road tilt against the Lehigh Mountain Hawks on Saturday, Sept. 2.

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