MVFC Recognizes QB Kurt Hess as Offensive Player of the Week

QB Kurt Hess
QB Kurt Hess

Youngstown State junior quarterback Kurt Hess was recognized as the Missouri Valley Football Conference's Offensive Player of the Week for his performance in the Penguins' 42-35 win over UNI on Saturday.

Hess completed 20-of-28 passes for 290 yards and four touchdowns in the Penguins' come-from-behind win over the Panthers. It was YSU's first win over UNI since 2000.

Hess had two first-half touchdown passes and added two in the second half, including the game-winner with 1:50 left. In the first half, he had scoring throws of 25 and 38 yards. In the second half, he threw a 43-yarder and found Christian Bryan on a 26-yard score on third-and-three play with 1:50 remaining.

Hess was 6-of-7 in the fourth quarter for 77 yards and a perfect 3-of-3 for 49 yards on the final drive of the game.

South Dakota State's T.J. Lally was named the defensive player and the newcomer of the week. UNI kickoff returner/running back Carlos Anderson was tabbed the special teams player of the week.

The Penguins (4-0, 1-0) have a bye this week before an Oct. 6 trip to No. 1 ranked North Dakota State.