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Hess closes in: Youngstown State quarterback Kurt Hess completed 17 of 21 passes for a career-high 311 yards and four TDs. He’s now five completions away from tying Tom Zetts (2003-07) for the school’s career completions record with 654. Zetts still holds the attempts record (1,094, compared 1,041 for Hess). Earlier this week, Illinois State Brock Spack lavished praise on Hess. “I told Coach [Eric Wolford] this last year, he’s [Hess] improved more than any player than I’ve seen at any level of football, even when I was in the Big Ten, from one year to the next,” Spack said. “From his freshman year to his sophomore year, he became a really good player.”
Injury update: WR Michael Wheary (hamstring), WR Kevin Watts (knee) and LB Dom Rich (pelvis) all missed Saturday’s game. LT Kyle Bryant started after missing the last two games with an ankle injury. RB Martin Ruiz left the game late in the second quarter with an ankle injury.
Back in the end zone: Junior WR Jelani Berassa caught a 10-yard TD pass from Hess with 30 seconds left in the first half. It was Berassa’s first TD reception since the 2011 season finale against Missouri State. Berassa missed last season after tearing his ACL in training camp.
Ejected: Youngstown State junior DE Vince Coleman was ejected for targeting late in the third quarter when he went high on a hit on Illinois State quarterback Blake Winkler. The hit came after Winkler delivered the ball, so he also got hit with a roughing the quarterback penalty. Coleman will have to sit out the first half of next week’s game.
Streaking: YSU has won six straight Missouri Valley games, the longest streak in school history. The Penguins won five straight in 1998-99. They have also won nine straight FCS games and are off to their first 3-0 conference start since beginning 4-0 in 1999.