Kyle Kempt named Davey O’Brien National Quarterback of the Week

Oct 7, 2017; Norman, OK, USA; Iowa State Cyclones quarterback Kyle Kempt (17) passes the ball in action against the Oklahoma Sooners during the second quarter at Gaylord Family – Oklahoma Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

The following is a press release courtesy of Iowa State Athletic Communications.

AMES, Iowa – Iowa State senior quarterback Kyle Kempt was named the Davey O’Brien National Quarterback of the Week, announced today by the Davey O’Brien Foundation.

Kempt was sensational in his first career start, leading Iowa State to one of its greatest victories in school history in a 38-31 win over No. 3 Oklahoma in Norman. It was the first road win over a top-five team in school history.

A native of Massillon, Ohio, Kempt completed 18-of-24 passes for 343 yards and three TDs. He also completed a key two-point conversion pass to Allen Lazard.

His three TD passes were all after intermission, helping the Cyclones erase a 24-13 second-half deficit. Kempt’s 25-yard corner end zone toss to Lazard proved to be the game-winner with 2:19 left in the contest.

The walk-on had passing strikes of 57, 54 and 46 yards, three of the top-four longest plays on the season for the Cyclones.

Kempt is the first Cyclone QB to win the Davey O’Brien weekly award.

Jared Stansbury


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