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Roger Staubach, Former Dallas Cowboys Quarterback, YSU

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – On October 12, 1968, the Rayen Stadium played host to a matchup between Youngstown State University and Pensacola Navy, a team which featured the future Dallas Cowboy great Roger Staubach.

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

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

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

Roger Staubach, QB/Navy (1962-64)
Career: 3799 passing yards, 18 TDs; 635 rushing yards, 18 TDs

1968 Penguins’ Results
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
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August 15 – Before politics, Traficant started at QB for Pitt
August 16 – Roger Staubach meets Youngstown State
August 17 – “Best linebacker I ever coached” says Woody Hayes
August 18 – Sherman “Tank” runs wild for Miami of Ohio
August 19 – Sugar Bowl MVP aids Pitt in title game
August 20 – Lombardi award winner called New Castle home
August 21 – Walk-on Karlis kicks for Cincinnati
August 22 – K-State registers 1st bowl victory; Coleman named MVP
August 23 – Burke’s 400-yard game lifts Michigan State past Brady & Michigan
August 24 – Clarett shines for Buckeyes in memorable season
August 25 – Syracuse’s workhorse from Struthers
August 26 – Missouri’s dual-threat quarterback boosts Tigers to top Nebraska
August 27 – Penn State QB guides Nittany Lion faithful to Rose Bowl

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