YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- Kurt Hess threw four touchdown passes and ran for a fifth, leading Youngstown State to a 59-21 rout of Illinois State in a Missouri Valley Conference matchup Saturday night.
The Penguins (6-1, 3-0 MVC) exploded in the second quarter, outscoring Illinois State 31-7. Hess threw three of his four scores in the quarter, including a 40-yarder to Andrew Williams, a 67-yard strike to Marcel Caver and a 10-yard pass to Jelani Berassa. Martin Ruiz also had a 26-yard rushing touchdown.
Hess finished 17-of-21 for a career-high 311 yards. He also ran 16 yards for a score in the third quarter to continue the Penguins' onslaught.
The Redbirds (2-4, 1-2) led early after a Collin Keoshian rushing touchdown before falling behind in the second quarter. They pulled within 14 when Blake Winkler threw a 67-yard strike to Cameron Meredith, but no closer. Winkler was 15-of-23 for 221 yards with two interceptions.
Senior Jake Rudock started for the Wolverines on Thursday night in the opener against Utah. Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh had kept it a secret all preseason on who would be Michigan's starter.
Ohio State quarterback Cardale Jones is "doing fine" after he was released from the hospital Wednesday night after being treated for symptoms related to a migraine headache.
East Carolina receiver Trevon Brown will miss three games after being placed on probation for a violation of the school's student code of conduct.
Five Rutgers players were suspended Thursday after home-invasion and assault charges, another jolt to a program whose coach is embroiled in an ongoing academics-related probe.
Nebraska coach Mike Riley announced the suspensions Thursday of five players, including three key contributors, for the Cornhuskers' season opener Saturday against BYU.
The Florida Gators will start Treon Harris at quarterback in Saturday's opener vs. New Mexico State over redshirt freshman Will Grier, coach Jim McElwain said Tuesday.