Published: Sunday, November 26, 2006
Zetts, Peterson step up with biggest games of careers
By CHUCK HOUSTEAU
YOUNGSTOWN On a night when the Youngstown State University running game was held in check by the James Madison 4th-ranked rushing defense, quarterback Tom Zetts and wide reciever T.J Peterson stepped up with the biggest games of their careers to lead Penguins' comeback victory.
Zetts passed for a career best 314 yards and Peterson caught 11 of those passes for 144 yards with a touchdown and a crucial two-point conversion reception.
Zetts hooked up with Peterson four times for 63 yards in the two critical drives after YSU trailed by 11 points with 14:52 remaining.
"We always knew we could throw the ball," said Zetts who last best effort came against Western Kentucky two years ago when he threw for 286 yards. "We were given the opportunity tonight and our team needed us to make some plays that we hadn't needed to all year."
The Penguins were forced to pass because the Dukes held YSU tailback Marcus Mason to 78 yards on 26 carries.
"We felt like we might be able to take advantage of some things in the passing game," said YSU coach Jon Heacock. "We some some things on video that we thought we could exploit."
Zetts said he knew that he and Peterson and the YSU passing game was up to the challenge posed by JMU.
The Dukes coach Mickey Mathews said that he thought that Zetts was a very underrated quarterback prior to the contest.
"I thought their quarterback played very well," Mathews said, "and we played our worst game in eight years.
"We thought their quarterback was very underrated but he is a heck of a player. [Zetts] played a great game and we did everything we could to try and stop him."