Youngstown, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - Youngstown State wrapped up spring practices under first-year coach Bo Pelini Friday night, and he and his staff surely enjoyed what they saw in running back Martin Ruiz.
Ruiz totaled 115 of the White team's 280 rushing yards as well as two touchdowns as they ran off to a 31-7 win over the Red team in Youngstown State's spring game at Stambaugh Stadium.
The White squad was comprised of the first-team offense and the second-team defense, while the Red White featured the first-team defense the second-team offense.
Ruiz, who will be a junior this season, carried the ball 20 times, including 17 times in the first half when he rushed for 95 yards. He departed the game when the White team held a 24-0 lead.
Hunter Wells, the team's starting quarterback, completed 6-of-15 pass attempts for 77 yards, including a 35-yard touchdown to Andrew Williams, and had 61 rushing yards.
Safety Jameel Smith, playing for the Red team, led all defensive players with 11 tackles.
Youngstown State will begin the Pelini era on Sept. 5 with a visit to Pittsburgh.
A year ago, the Penguins finished with a 7-5 record under then-coach Eric Wolford and a No. 22 final ranking in The Sports Network FCS Top 25.