After watching Youngstown State rally in the first half to earn a 14-all halftime tie, Missouri State (2-3, 1-1 Missouri Valley Conference) scored on its first two possessions of the second half.
Johnston scored first for Missouri State in the second half on a 38-yard run with 11:58 left in the third quarter followed by a 5-yard touchdown run by Kirby.
Youngstown State's Jabari Scott scored his second touchdown of the game with 29 second left in the third quarter on a 1-yard run to narrow Missouri State's lead to 28-21.
Missouri State responded with a touchdown of its own on a 12-yard pass from Kirby to Jeff Sergant to go up 35-21.
Washington rushed for 133 yards and Kirby threw for 127 yard on 11 of 14 passing as Missouri State finished with 399 yards of offense.
Kamryn Keys had 113 yards rushing for the Penguins.
Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher hopes quarterback Sean Maguire is ready to go full speed by the middle of June.
Graduate transfer quarterback Davis Webb has officially joined California, giving the Golden Bears an experienced option to replace No. 1 overall NFL draft pick Jared Goff.
First-year football coach Dino Babers, hired by former Syracuse AD Mark Coyle, is on the committee that will search for Coyle's replacement.
Hugh Freeze has some major holes to fill on offense with the departures of Laremy Tunsil and Laquon Treadwell, but there is Chady Kelly and good depth.
After transferring in from Montana State, Dakota Prukop has a checklist he's working from as he prepares to compete for the Oregon job.
The destination for Week 6 of the Big 12 Ultimate Road Trip is unanimous, as all three conference reporters would head to the Red River Rivalry.
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