St. Louis, Mo. - Youngstown State senior quarterback Kurt Hess was named the Missouri Valley Football Conference's offensive player of the week for the second time in three weeks following a career-best performance in a 59-21 win over Illinois State last night.
Hess accounted for five touchdowns in the victory - four passing and one rushing - as the Penguins set a school record for most points scored in an MVFC contest. He completed 17-of-21 passes for a career-high 311 yards in the win over the Redbirds.
He had touchdown passes of 67, 40, 10 and two yards in the win. He also added a 16-yard rush in the third quarter. It was the sixth time in his career that Hess threw at least four touchdown passes in a game. It was the second time in his career that he threw for more than 300 yards and it was his 22nd career 200-yard plus passing game, a school mark.
It was the 40th consecutive start for Hess last night. In his career he has completed 649-of-1,041 passes for 8,198 yards and 68 touchdowns and a 62.3 completion percentage. He has averaged 204.9 yards passing per game in his career. He has nine rushing scores as well, accounting for 77 touchdowns.
Additional players of the week were CB Winston Wright of South Dakota State (defense), WR Ryan Smith of North Dakota State (special teams) and RB Trevor Bouma of South Dakota (newcomer).
Hess was also named the league's offensive player of the week following his performance at Southern Illinois on Sept. 28.
The Penguins (6-1 overall and 3-0 in the Missouri Valley Football Conference) are off to their best league start since 2006. YSU plays its annual Homecoming contest this Saturday against Western Illinois at Stambaugh Stadium. Kickoff is set for 4 p.m.