Youngstown edges S. Illinois in 28-27 comeback win
CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) -- Kurt Hess passed for 258 yards and four touchdowns to lead Youngstown State to a grueling 28-27
comeback win over Southern Illinois in a Missouri Valley Conference opener Saturday night.
Youngstown (4-1, 1-0) trailed much of the game against the Salukis (2-3, 0-1) but took control in the fourth quarter, tying
the score with under 2 minutes remaining on a goal-line fourth-and-one pass from Hess to Carson Sharbaugh. The extra point
by Joey Cejudo gave the Penguins the lead and the win.
Southern Illinois left itself vulnerable to a Penguin comeback when Thomas Kinney missed the extra point kick following a
2-yard touchdown pass from Kory Faulkner to LaSteven McKinney at the end of the second quarter. Faulkner, who threw for 348
yards and four touchdowns, also led the team in rushing with 71 yards.
Andre Stubbs had two touchdown catches for Youngstown, and Nate Adams had one.
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