YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- 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.
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.