Recap: Youngstown State 59, Illinois State 21
Youngstown State 59, Illinois State 21: Kurt Hess completed 17-of-21 passes for 311yards and four touchdowns as the host Penguins romped the Redbirds to remain undefeated in Missouri Valley Conference play.Martin Ruiz led the rushing attack for Youngstown State (6-1, 3-0) with 85 yards and a touchdown. Jody Webb, Demond Hymes and Hess also found the end zone as the Penguins totaled 258 rushing yards. Marcel Caver caught three balls for a game-high 99 yards and a touchdown.Marshaun Coprich led Illinois State (2-4, 1-2) with 14 carries for 110 yards and a touchdown. Blake Winkler finished 15-of-23 for 221 yards and a touchdown, but he also threw two interceptions. His favorite target, Cameron Meredith, hauled in three passes for 93 yards and a score.After Collin Keoshian scored from 2 yards out 4:47 into regulation, Youngstown State scored 28 straight points. Hess connected with Carson Sharbaugh for a 2-yard score with seven minutes left in the first quarter and then hit Andrew Williams for a 40-yard scoring strike seven seconds into the second quarter. After Ruiz scampered for a 26-yard touchdown, Hess found Caver for a 67-yard score with 11:02 left in the frame.Winkler and Meredith connected on a 73-yard score just two plays later, but that was as close as the Redbirds would get. A 10-yard TD from Hess to Jelani Berassa made it 38-14 at halftime before Hymes and Hess rushed for third-quarter scores to seal the win.