Another day, another praiseworthy honor for Iowa State senior quarterback Kyle Kempt.
The fifth-year walk-on stepped into a starting role for Iowa State on Saturday in place of Jacob Park and in doing so, he guided the Cyclones to a 38-31 road victory over No. 3 Oklahoma. A borderline heroic performance, Kempt completed 18 of 24 passes for 343 yards and 3 touchdowns and as a result, he was named the Davey O’Brien National Quarterback of the Week, the Davey O’Brien Foundation announced on Tuesday.
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Kempt, who added all three of his touchdown passes in the second half, becomes the first Cyclone quarterback to ever win the award. His noteworthy performance played an essential role in Iowa State’s first victory over Oklahoma since 1990 and the first road victory over a top-five team in school history.
Along with now being named the Davey O’Brien National Quarterback of the Week, Kempt was also honored as the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week and dubbed by ESPN as the s econd-best quarterback in all of college football’s Week 6 action.
Prior to Saturday, Kempt had attempted and completed just two passes in his collegiate career.
Iowa State will look to build upon its 3-2 record and surpass last season’s win total on Saturday with the Kansas Jayhawks coming to Ames, Iowa. It remains to be seen if coach Matt Campbell will stick with Kempt at quarterback, but his lone appearance this season has provided a convincing case for as many reps as he can muster.
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