Youngstown State routs Western Illinois 56-14



YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) — Kurt Hess threw for four touchdowns and ran for another to lead Youngstown State in a 56-14 rout over Western Illinois on Saturday.

The Penguins (5-3, 3-2 Missouri Valley Conference) dominated from the start, scoring on the first play of the game, en route to a 49-0 lead. Hess threw a 70-yard TD to Christian Bryan eight seconds into the game.

After a 13-yard TD run by Hess, a 2-yard TD run by Jamaine Cook and a 69-yard TD from Hess to Jelanie Berassa, the Penguins led 28-0 in the first quarter.

Hess who was 7 of 10 for 209 yards, also threw TDs of 17 yards to Kevin Watts and 28 yards to Kintrell Disher.

The Penguins also got 111 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries by Cook.

The Leathernecks (2-6, 1-4) ended the shutout on Nikko Watson’s 5-yard touchdown run with 5:21 left in the third quarter.