Heisman Trophy winner Roger Staubach performs at Rayen Stadium in opposition to Youngstown State Penguins


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Posted: Aug 16, 2021 / 6:14 am EDT
Updated: Aug 16, 2021 / 6:14 am EDT

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – On October 12, 1968, Rayen Stadium hosted a matchup between Youngstown State University and the Pensacola Navy, a team that featured future Dallas Cowboy star Roger Staubach.

Pensacola Navy won the competition 58-38 when Staubach threw 455 yards. Five years earlier, Staubach was named the Heisman Trophy winner after leading the Midshipmen to the Cotton Bowl and nine wins.

YSU Football was voted ninth in the preseason poll

Penguin quarterback Denny Klembara passed for 391 yards and 4 scores. His favorite target, Dave DelSignore, was 212 yards. The Penguins finished the 1968 season with a 3-6 mark.

Staubach began his NFL career in 1969 with the Cowboys. Roger won two Super Bowls, was honored with six Pro Bowls, and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1985.

Roger Staubach, QB / Marine (1962-64)
Career: 3,799 yards, 18 TDs; 635 rushing yards, 18 TDs

Penguin results from 1968
Akron 48 penguins 13
Penguins 26 Eastern Kentucky 12
Penguins 18 Southern Illinois 15
South Dakota State 23 Penguins 20
Morehead State 35 penguins 26
Pensacola Navy 58 Penguins 38
Baldwin-Wallace 26 penguins 6
Central Michigan 24 penguins 20
Penguins 18 Gustavus-Adolphus 14

Countdown to college football
August 14th – Top sports star in 1942 wins Heisman
15th of August – Prior to politics, Traficant started at QB for Pitt
August 16 – Roger Staubach meets Youngstown State
August 17th – “Best linebacker I’ve ever coached,” says Woody Hayes
August 18 – Sherman “Tank” runs wild for Miami, Ohio
Aug 19 – Sugar Bowl MVP assists Pitt in title game
August 20 – Lombardi Prize Winner named New Castle home
Aug 21 – Walk-on Karlis steps up for Cincinnati
August 22nd – K-State wins 1st Bowl; Coleman named MVP
Aug 23 – Burke’s 400-yard game knocks Michigan State past Brady & Michigan
Aug 24 – Clarett shines for Buckeyes during the memorable season
August 25 – Syracuse’s workhorse by Struthers
Aug 26 – Missouri’s dual-threat quarterback puts Tigers at the helm of Nebraska
Aug 27 – Penn State QB faithfully leads Nittany Lion to Rose Bowl