The Youngstown Steel suffered a season opening loss as the Red and Gray fell 30-21 to Maryland at Johnny Unitas Stadium in Towson, Maryland.
The Steel had their fourth lead change of the game early in the third quarter, to go up 14-13, thanks to a touchdown pass from former Penn State and New York Jet, Christian Hackenberg.
A 10-0 run by the Crabs had the Steel playing catchup the rest of the game. Hackenberg threw another TD with 8:42 left to give the Steel hopes of a season opening victory, but that was soon dashed as the defense allowed a 42 yard touchdown run by John Wolford.
This touchdown put the Steel down 30-21 and with 5:01 left and unfortunately the team could not throw a rally together. The Steel are now 0-1 on the season.
Christian Hackenberg proved effective in his first D-League game, throwing three touchdowns for the Steel from 5, 11, and 31 yards out to Jimmy Ralph, Nelson Spruce, and Blake Jackson respectfully. He had 205 yards and a 141.9 Quarterback rating.
On the defensive side of the ball, Jason Neill and Parker Cothren, a Hackenberg teammate at Penn State, both got to the Quarterback. Neill led the team with 10 tackles and also finished with two stuffs on the day.
The Youngstown Steel are on the road again for Week 2 as they take on the Fox Valley Flying Squirrels in Oshkosh, WI. Oshkosh is very familiar to Steel Running Back, Dylan Hecker, as he was a standout at UW-Oshkosh.